VIDEO: Watch Disney Springs take shape as Walt Disney World rapidly transforms Downtown Disney with unique new shopping, dining

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It comes to no surprise that visitors to Downtown Disney have been impacted with a flurry of construction taking place, all to increase the footprint and transform the retail, dining and entertainment destination into an entirely new experience that will be called Disney Springs.

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But there is enough new to disorient anyone who hasn’t been to Downtown Disney in a few months. Disney Springs is moving in fast.

Since the announcement came across in March of 2013, we’ve seen a lot of progress happen to the three neighborhoods of Downtown Disney. The marketplace has seen the loss of Cap’n Jacks and the former boat dock, but has gained a fire breathing volcano, new dockside margarita bar, Starbucks and expansion of the World Of Disney retail store.

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The West Side and Pleasure Island are where most of the visible changes are taking place, with parts of both now the least bit recognizable from their former self. The famous Pleasure Island venue, The Adventure’s Club, has finally been gutted and the transformation to become “The Edison” is underway. This new restaurant and bar, themed to a lavish 1920’s “Industrial-Gothic” style, will surely become one of the hottest nighttime destinations in all of Orlando with additional world class offerings on their way to occupy former nightclub hot spots as well; Morimoto Asia and STK just to namedrop a few.

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A trip up in the Characters in Flight balloon offers a great view of all the changes.

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The entire makeover is planned to develop into 2016 when construction will conclude at some point that year. The “pre-makeover” Downtown Disney had around 75 shopping, dining and entertainment offerings and when all’s said and done, Disney Springs will have doubled that number to over 150. Most noticeably with the completed construction is the first of two parking garages that upon completion will have increased the parking capacity by around 6,000 spaces.

Keep following InsideTheMagic.net for more updates on construction timelines, grand openings, and new announcements on opening dates.

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    EB

    Most locals just can’t wait for the roads outside Downtown Disney to be finished. The traffic snarls are horrendous, often stretching all the way back and around the ramp to I-4.

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    Chris

    I was in Orlando in June, and while I know it’s a reality of opening and servicing an expanded Downtown, it’s a shame that they had to erect all those ugly parking garages. I used to enjoy seeing the anchor restaurants and venues from Buena Vista Drive; now it’s just grey concrete parking.

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    Simon Harris

    I wouldn’t use the word ‘rapidly’ because this is a huge project that’s taking many years to complete. The frustrating thing is the traffic, they just can’t seem to keep it flowing and often have huge empty areas and empty lanes cordoned off for what looks like no particular reason, also sometimes closing one of the two entrances. I went last week and slowly snakes into the car park only to have a Disney employee refusing access to an entire empty floor.

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    Simon Harris

    Also there is a big exposed areas exiting the car park before you effectively reach any of the shops, across the fountain in front of Planet Hollywood all the way to either the Starbucks corner or the shops on the far side of the bridge, not good in either hot sun or torrential rain to have a very long walk to reach anything especially if you have walked all the way from the far corner of this massive parking structure on the wrong floor for example. I would suggest either some kind of covering from the weather there or makes that empty section a marketplace of some kind.

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