Last updated: 01:17 PM ET, Wed September 30 2015

Disney World Renames Downtown Portion of Park Disney Springs

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | September 30, 2015

Disney World Renames Downtown Portion of Park Disney Springs

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World announced Tuesday during a celebration that the new name of the park's Downtown Disney area is Disney Springs.

According to Disney’s website, company officials ushered in the new era by holding a celebration at the new Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar that featured Disney executives, cast members and the new tenants of Disney Springs.

The redesign of the downtown area will build off the appeal of the waterfront towns that have made Florida a key vacation destination. It will feature open-air promenades, flowing springs and waterfront views along with the signature Disney charm.

Included in the new Disney Springs plan will be four neighborhoods, including The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center. When the entire project is completed in 2016, the number of shopping, dining and entertainment venues will increase from 75 to more than 150.

While there are still many shops and restaurants that will eventually be added, there are already many places guests can visit in Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia and the Indiana Jones-inspired Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar have stolen most of the headlines, but there are a cadre of interesting destinations at the park.

Some of the businesses already up and running in Disney Springs includes The Boathouse, Paradiso 37, Apex by Sunglass Hut, The Art of Shaving, Chapel Hats, Dockside Margaritas, Erin McKenna Bakery NYC, Erwin Pearl, Havaianas, Sanuk, Sound Lion, Tea Traders Cafe by Joffrey’s and Vivoli Gelateria.

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