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Situated within the heart of one of the top family destinations in the world, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., has spent nearly 40 years as a top performing, high volume retail, dining and entertainment venue with more than 70 themed and immersive experiences, such as the world’s largest Disney store, Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, the LEGO Imagination Center, House of Blues and an AMC Movies complex with Fork & Screen Dine-In theatres.
What do you do with a property that is already doing exceptionally well? If you’re Disney and you have a property located in the booming Orlando retail market, you view it as an opportunity to make it even better. Downtown Disney is currently undergoing the largest expansion in its history — a multi-year transformation that will double the number of shopping, and dining experiences available and feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. Opening in phases starting in 2015, the area will be renamed Disney Springs. Development will be complete in 2016.
In total, the rebranded area will grow to 1.1 million square feet, including 350,000 square feet of new leasable space.