FAV FIVE: Big changes at Downtown Disney / Disney Springs

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There have been numerous changes over the years to the shopping and dining district of Walt Disney World. The area is now called Disney Springs, previously known as Downtown Disney.

Much as disappeared from the area.  Beloved attractions like Pleasure Island are truly missed.  However, many of these changes transpiring since the end of Downtown Disney’s night club experiment are for the good.  Listed below are five favorite additions to the area.

1. PARKING GARAGE

The most useful addition is the two parking garages. These super structures ensure easier opportunities to actually find a space to park.  With specialized signage signaling spots available, parking at Disney Springs is an improvement.

2. JOCK LINDSEY’S HANGAR BAR

Inspired by the Indiana Jones franchise (which Disney acquired in their purchase of Lucasfilm), this 1940’s themed bar features light food and adult beverages.  Many of these lovely libations are available in exclusive take-home mugs and glassware.

3. FRONTERA COCINA

A creation of celebrity chef Rick Bayless, this Mexican restaurant features exclusive tequila beverages like the amazing La Cava Avocado and Watermelon Pink Flamingo.  Dining here was a pure delight, the food was perfect and service above and beyond what is expected from a Disney dining destination.

4. SAVANNAH BEE

Having been to the Savannah Georgia location of this honey-centric establishment, I was delighted to see an Orlando location.  Filled with an assortment of honey based products ranging from beauty supplies, edible honeycomb, chocolate honey butter and a magnificent Meade selection, Savannah Bee is a must visit when strolling through Disney Springs.

5. THE EDISON

Though not yet open, this 1920’s inspired incarnation will pay homage to the age of invention and inspiration. Specialized entertainment, by way of palm readers, disc jockeys, contortionists and more will highlight the various themed areas of this much anticipated addition. (Photos below are from the Los Angeles location.)

There’s certainly much, much more to experience at Disney Springs, but these five additions are just my personal favorites.

Have you had the opportunity to experience Disney Springs?  What are some of your favorite destinations?

Source and Images Disney Springs website; Bettyvine, Disney Parks Blog

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