This past weekend, the new Town Center development located at the Disney Springs shopping district officially opened for business.
Pleasant lagoons separate Town Center from The Landing (formerly Pleasure Island)
Buildings in the Town Center are almost all new construction, extending into what was formerly a parking lot adjacent to Pleasure Island
Planet Hollywood (blue dome) is one of the few holdover structures in the Town Center; it will reopen later this year as Planet Hollywood Observatory
Sprinkles cupcakes is already among the most popular new additions
Crowds flocking near Sprinkles and the Pandora shop
Long lines were also commonplace at D-Luxe Burger
Living statues perform outside Poutine
Exterior and interior of Amorette's Patisserie
Roofed building houses Vera Bradley, Tommy Bahama, Ugg and others
Walkway leading up to the lime garage
A somewhat crinkled version of the new Disney Springs map; Town Center additions appear in orange
Thanks to David Welty ('dwelty') for the photos!
The part of the expansion toward the rear near the parking garages reminds me greatly of a high end outdoor shopping mall like you would see in Fashion Island in Newport Beach or The Grove in LA. Or any number of high end outdoor malls in the US. I kind of wish the detail that is contained in the section around the springs was found throughout the expansion, but I am sure that would have driven up the price dramatically.
Also there are a great number of shops that I would say lean toward the extravagant, that most middle/upper middle class people would never shop at, although with the price increases we continue to see, this probably caters to the demographic that will most likely visit Walt Disney World in the coming years.
Regarding the look of the water in the springs, I now live in North Central Florida in the heart of natural spring country. I am near Silver Springs and Rainbow Springs, and I can attest to the fact that they are spot on. The water and sandy bottom really look like what the have created. I was pretty amazed by that.
Considering that they are really adding a lot and not really taking anything away, I guess there is not much room for complaining.