Today In Disney History ~ August 19th
Downtown Disney, originally the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village, is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida opened on March 22, 1975. The complex is open to the public, requires no admission fee, and offers complimentary parking to all guests. Buses and water taxis operated by Disney Transport provide free transportation to and from Downtown Disney to Walt Disney World resort guests.
Notable tenants include Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, Disney Quest, the House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, the Lego Imagination Center, World of Disney, The Art of Disney, AMC Downtown Disney 24 with Dine-In Theatres, and Rainforest Cafe.
On March 14, 2013, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs announced that Downtown Disney would be revitalized as Disney Springs, a revitalized dining-retail-entertainment district inspired by Florida’s waterfront towns. The expansion project will include 150 new tenants and the construction of two parking structures. The Disney Springs will expand twice in size with Team Mickey and similar stores will grow with more merchandise.
TMSM Today in Graphic by Sherry Rinaldi DeHart
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