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Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood

The Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood is open with several recently added retail stores and new places to eat in Orlando. Nearly two dozen new retail stores are now open with several more on the way. In addition to shopping, seven new specialty dining opportunities are now open, with more opening soon. The entire neighborhood should be complete by the end of 2016.

Town Center is one of four neighborhoods located within Disney Springs. See our complete guide to Disney Springs for information about all of the neighborhoods.

Important to note is the fact that Town Center includes the official Welcome Center for Disney Springs. Here you can get theme park tickets, purchase Cirque du Soleil tickets, make dining and resort reservations, exchange foreign currency and other guest relation services. If you are looking for Disney answers, this is the place to go.

Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood

New Places to Eat at Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood

We are still waiting for the much-anticipated opening of STK Steakhouse. The restaurant has not opened yet, however, you can make a reservation for when it does open. Until then you can get your fill at these new places to eat at Disney Springs. Five of the seven newly opened eateries are located in Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood. Wetzel’s Pretzel’s and Haagen Dazs ice cream still have venues at Disney Springs, they have be relocated across from Orlando Harley-Davidson on the West Side.

Since we’ve already covered Sprinkles (see this post) and D-Luxe Burger (see this post), let’s take look at the other newly opened places to eat in Orlando at Disney Springs.

Amorette’s Patisserie: A high-end pastry shop. Watch pastry chefs decorate signature cakes and enjoy macarons, pavlova, chocolate-chocolate chunk cookies and Amorette.

The Daily Poutine: This new dining option is a kiosk offering Poutines with four varieties of toppings. Poutine is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec, made with french fries and cheese curds usually topped with a light brown gravy. This kiosk will offer a classic gravy, Latin variation, Italian option and a French version.

YeSake: At this kiosk you can try a variety of sake, slushes and beer along with pulled pork and other dishes.

B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. (Marketplace): Another kiosk which offers artisan sausages created by Disney chefs. Choose from a Reuben, Portuguese, Bavarian, Sweet Hot or Italian Veggie Sausage. Each comes with a delicious combination of toppings.

Morimoto Asia Street Food (Landing Neighborhood): Don’t feel like eating inside? This new walk-up window on the patio offers many popular dishes. Order sushi, donburi rice bowls and bao tacos or other snacks.

Other New Additions to Town Center

Lime Parking GarageMore parking is now available at Disney Springs. In addition to the Orange Garage, the Lime Garage is now open. It is near the new water tower with the Disney Springs logo and provides great access to Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood and the Marketplace. More parking garages are on the way. The parking area on the east end of the complex will be called Lemon. Three lots just west of the Orange garage will be called Watermelon, Grapefruit and Mango. The lot behind the Cirque du Soleil will be known as Strawberry.

Over the summer expect more retail stores and dining options to open in the Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood. Retail tenants include many favorites and top-of-the-line merchandise, while others will be one-of-a-kind stores, such as the Trophy Room. A visit to Disney Springs can easily fill an entire day – if you like to shop. It is an experience unlike any other in Central Florida. And there is more to come!

Downtown Disney is Now Disney Springs

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Downtown Disney – Disney Springs

Downtown Disney – Disney Springs? We no longer have to bounce between the two names. Today marks the official name change of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs. The massive re-imagination is doubling the size and number of restaurants and shops. In fact, Disney Springs will grow to more than 1 million square feet, including 350,000 square feet of new leasable space. As with most Disney projects, they are doing it right and adding more parking and ease of getting to this new attraction.

Many restaurants and shops are already open at Downtown Disney – Disney Springs. The gang here at Capone’s is scrambling to keep up with all of the new opportunities. We’ve posted a new page (Disney Springs – Complete Guide) here on Al’s Blog which will keep up-to-date information on Disney restaurant openings, new shopping opportunities and helpful tips in getting to the new Disney Springs attraction. Stay informed.

For visitors to our area, you may not realize that you do not need a theme park ticket to experience Disney Springs. It is free (with free parking) to stroll and browse the area. Of course you’ll want to consume a snack or two, if not an entire meal. There will be several great restaurants to dine at when complete next year, and there are already many Lake Buena Vista restaurants and shops that we highly recommend (when you are not a guest at Capone’s Dinner & Show, of course). Downtown Disney will also have many exclusive shops to purchase unique items. Some are already open for business! Read our complete guide to Disney Springs!

Even though there is still a lot of construction taking place, Downtown Disney – Disney Springs is already a nice place to visit – now. Expect some construction hassle as Disney Springs develops its four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods. It will definitely be on everyone’s list of fun things to do in Orlando – daytime or night.

Shopping in Orlando Keeps Getting Better

If you love to shop and eat (who doesn’t?), keep the Florida Mall on your list of places to go to. This Orlando shopping experience is great now, but will be even better in the coming months.  A complete redesign of the mall’s entrance and an expanded food pavilion are in the works. While you may have to wait a year for everything to be complete, the new food court and mall updates are sure to be worth it.

The former Saks building facing Sand Lake Road will serve as a portion of the area where the new expanded dining experience will be. The number of seats will double with indoor and outdoor options. New dining choices and proven healthy fare restaurants, 16 in all, will be built.

This new food pavilion will span 105,000 square feet. To assist with this expanded feature, the mall’s entrance is being redesigned to provide better customer flow into the mall and dining area. Small shops and restaurants near this area are sure to be a shopper’s favorite.

Being able to dine and shop make it easy for families to enjoy a mall experience. This past fall the new Build-A-Bear Workshop opened inside the Florida Mall which allows families to create memories as well as a very interactive stuffed animal. Later this fall, the first American Girl store will open. It will be the only location in Orlando for this popular retail store.

Build-A-Bear at the Florida Mall

Once the new food pavilion is in place, the old food court will be repositioned to make room for new retail stores. “We have great demand for any space at the Florida Mall,” said Brian Hanson, general manager of Florida Mall, “so the ability to reposition existing space and create new mini-anchors, stores, and restaurants is a fantastic opportunity for us to even better serve our shoppers.”

You don’t have to wait until next year to enjoy the experience of shopping in Orlando. There are plenty of great stores and eateries at the Florida Mall now. Be sure to check out the deals and discounts online before you go. You’re bound to find something you want or need. It could be as simple as a quick meal or dessert treat.

The Florida Mall is located at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809.