Thursday, March 14, 2013

Unveiling Disney Springs

This morning Disney made a very exciting announcement today!

Disney is overhauling Downtown Disney and creating a new area called "Disney Springs." Disney Springs is inspired by Florida's waterfront towns and will comprise of four "outdoor neighborhoods" that include:
  • The Town Center & The Landing. From what I can tell this area is where Pleasure Island once was. The Town Center will be "a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect" and The Landing will be "a colorful and thriving commercial district with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views."
  • The Marketplace. The same Marketplace that you know and love, PLUS "new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store." Two thoughts: How much fun does the "over-the-water pedestrian causeway" sound?! How much more can they possibly expand the World of Disney?!
  • The West Side. It sounds like they are significantly expanding the West Side, which in my opinion, needs the most work. According to Disney, it will be "an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below." I'm glad to hear that there will be a covered area. This will make Disney Springs an ideal destination on a rainy day.

Video slideshow of the artist renderings (From

Personally I am very excited about this expansion. The "Hyperion Wharf" idea never really excited me and it depressed me to walk through Pleasure Island and see my memories in abandoned buildings. As for the details of this expansion, I have good news and bad news. 
  • The Good News. The Disney Springs project will create an estimated 1,200 construction jobs and nearly 4,000 operational roles. Good job helping the economy, Disney! 
  • The Bad News. For impatient people like me, I was bummed to hear that this project won't be completed until 2016; however, I'm glad to hear they are starting next month.
What do you think about this announcement? Chime in the comment section below!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Spring into Flower & Garden

Views from the 2009 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The 2013 Flower & Garden Festival takes place March 6 to May 19

My absolute favorite!
Minnie is pretty as always!

Absolutely gorgeous!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Play Ball! Spring Training at Walt Disney World

Welcome to those of you joining me from The Magical Mouse Pad and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

When you think about spring at Walt Disney World, a few events come to mind. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Spring Break. Easter.

Something going on at ESPN WWOS tonight.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Photo by indigoskye - Flikr Creative Commons.)
One event you may not associate with Disney is Major League Baseball Spring Training. ESPN Wide World of Sports is host to the Atlanta Braves spring training. Whenever the weather starts to change and I trade in my Uggs for my flip flops, I start itching for baseball season to begin. (Don't hate me because I'm a Yankee fan!)

Spring training allows you to see Major League Baseball teams up close. Instead of paying $100 a ticket and sitting among 50,000 fans at a major league stadium, you can experience baseball at Champion Stadium with 9,500 fans at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World for (at most) $49, with tickets as low as $10. 

Home Of The Braves
Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex - Walt Disney World. (Photo by Joe Shlabotnik - Flikr Creative Commons)

Think about it! If you lived up north you could escape the endless winter cold of February and March, spend a few days hitting the parks and watch some baseball in the spring sun. Just this year, the Braves hosted the New York Yankees, the Miami Marlins, the Washington Nationals, the Detroit Tigers, the Toronto Blue Jays, the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros.

Personally, I would immensely enjoy seeing two of my favorite men - Derek Jeter and Mickey Mouse - in one trip.

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