"Disney Springs" has just been confirmed to WDW cast members as the expansion gets set to completely transform the Downtown Disney area. The media announcement planned for today has been postponed to likely later this week. However, the following highlights were confirmed today to cast members:
- The name of the new Downtown Disney will be "Disney Springs."
- The theming will be that of a beautiful lush, old Florida feel, featuring lots of new water ways, water features, and shade.
- Two parking garages will be constructed, one on the Marketplace side, and one on the West Side near Cirque du Soleil. This will free up space taken by the existing ground level parking to be used for new restaurants and shops.
- World of Disney will be expanded.
- Many new restaurants and shops will be added as part of the expansion, with most being new to the Orlando area. No specific vendors have been confirmed so far.
- A walkway bridge will be constructed from the Rainforest Cafe to the TREX area to improve guest flow.
- Captain Jack's Restaurant will be closing, but all cast will be relocated to other restaurants.