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Is Downtown Disney Worth a Spot in Our PLAN?


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We are from Canada and have been to WDW 4 times in the last 5 years. It is just my husband and I (62) and we always loved going to Downtown Disney in the evenings for supper and browsing around. My question is… do you have any insight when the construction will be finished. We were there in November and found it takes away so much from the Downtown Area and more confusing. We have hoping to go in 2016 and just trying to make plans.

Dad’s Downtown Answer

Peggy, Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs) has been frustrating guests for too long. It all started about 5 years ago when bit by bit they closed down Pleasure Island, McDonalds, and various shops and restaurants until there wasn’t much left. Then came the construction walls – creating small spaces filled with folks who found there wasn’t much to see anymore.

Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Stop in for a sweet, allergy-friendly treat at Erin McKenna’s Bakery. – Photo by WDW Shutterbug

But Dad is pleased to report that things are turning around. In fact, Dad’s so happy about it he could sing!

The lights are much brighter there, you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares! So go DOWNTOWN, things will be great when you’re DOWNTOWN, no finer place for sure, DOWNTOWN, everything’s waiting for you!

Dad can’t quite sing like Petula Clark, but he does sing pretty good.

The transition from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs has been lengthy – and it’s not done yet. But they’ve really turned a corner. On Dad’s last trip to WDW, our group spent a whole day down there and had a wonderful time! A lot of the construction walls have come down and a few new things have opened up, making the whole place seem more spacious and lively.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse is a great addition to the Downtown Disney waterfront! – Photo by WDW Shutterbug

When all is said and done, Disney Springs will be officially completed in 2016 – Disney hasn’t announced a firm date yet but I’d expect that they’ll try to have as much open as possible by the Christmas 2015 season. Depending on when your trip is scheduled, you might be in luck and get to experience the final product!

super Hero Headquarters

Shop for the super hero in your family at Downtown Disney – Photo by WDW Shutterbug

But even if there’s still a ways to go when you visit, Dad thinks it’s worth heading down to test the waters – Downtown Disney has really come a long way since November 2014 and it’s getting better day by day. Places like The Boathouse and Splitsville along with lots of other new additions have really breathed life into the shopping/dining/entertainment district.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Peggy, give Downtown Disney (or by that time, Disney Springs) a place on your PLAN. After years of construction boards and closed storefronts, it’s great to go downtown again!

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