We are roughly a year away from the Disney Springs project being complete, but in the past few weeks a majority of the shops and biggest construction work has been completed. But we can’t look at those till we park our car of course!The Orange Parking garage is still under construction but as you can see the work is still going at a fast pace to get the off-ramp complete.
As we head out of the garage we see the former Pleasure Island parking area has now become a large dirt lot and in the background you can see work on the expansion of World of Disney.Now that we are parked we have to take a look at how we will get to the new Disney Springs area. The main cross over from the Orange garage is coming along nicely.But for those that have to park in the overflow they are creating a new pedestrian bridge to help with the safety issues.Now as we head into the Westside not much has changed, but this small touch is very nice, adding more trees to the area will help during the summer months and will help bring the area to life!Now heading into the Disney Springs proper area, former Pleasure Island, this is where the most action has been happening in the past few weeks with more stores opening daily it seems.
Heading into the new walkway to Fulton’s Crab House area we have 2 of the other new shops. The first, which is actually the 3rd location at Downtown Disney that sells footwear almost exclusively, is the Havaianas flipflop shop.
Now for one of the most anticipated shops to open in Disney Springs, Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC! This gluten-free vegan bakery, formally knows as Babycakes, was a hidden gem of Downtown Disney before closing last year as part of the expansion started.
Now before we sign off on this update, I would like to take a moment to share something that is near and dear to my Walt Disney World life, Pleasure Island! This first picture was taken of Pleasure Island in 1997 and of course the picture after was just take a few days ago, both are almost the same spot looking toward the Westside.
Our main correspondent for Walt Disney World and the Orlando area and a heck of a paleontologist if he does say so himself.