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03
Nov 14

Concept Art for a New Waterfront Restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort

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Opening Spring 2015 as one of the new venues in The Landing at Disney Springs – a re-imagined and exciting district of entertainment, dining and shopping –The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. Guests will enjoy a gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar. (Concept renderings courtesy of Schussler Creative)


06
Sep 14

A Preview of What the Disney Springs Parking Garage and New I4 Flyover Will Look Like at Downtown Disney

Disney Springs RenderingsThe largest expansion in Downtown Disney history, Disney Springs will provide even more opportunities for guests to relax and enjoy themselves. When completed in 2016, Disney Springs will double the shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, with an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. Seen in this rendering, part of the expansion includes widening Lake Buena Vista Drive, constructing two multilevel parking garages and two pedestrian bridges and creating a new I-4 interchange that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs. Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four interconnected neighborhoods: The Landing (opening in early 2015), Marketplace, West Side and Town Center (opening in 2016).


08
Aug 14

Because Nothing Says Coffee and Disney Like a Moss Fireplace in Florida

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

I’d forgotten to post these photos I took a few months ago when Starbucks first opened it’s doors at Downtown Disney West Side. Well, better late than never I always say. This new Starbucks location is right on the water and has a fantastic rear porch. Of course it’s only a few months out of the year here in Central Florida where it’s actually cool enough that you’d want to sit outside let alone sit fireside, but Starbucks has ya covered with it’s moss covered mermaid fireplace.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

OK. I admit it. There was one person outside on this sweaty afternoon.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Grass. It’s not just for grazing animals anymore. Actually, it’s an environmental feature.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

The new site is Starbucks 500th LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) store. The standard, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a rating system for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings. LEED certification is just one component of energy and environmental design for the Starbucks.

Among the elements of sustainable design at the new store at Walt Disney World Resort: 100 percent energy-efficient LED lighting; reclaimed oak, maple and other materials used throughout the store; community tables made from salvaged trees; a green roof consisting of hundreds of lemon grass plants. All the grass was grown in a nursery and it was fed with compost from coffee grounds from a nearby Starbucks store.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Love this big long window cause I love me some people watchin’.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Let’s take a look inside shall we?

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

The nearly 4,000 square foot store is a new page in the collaboration between two iconic brands. In March of this year, Starbucks and Disney teamed up to open the first company-operated Starbucks location at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.

David Daniels, the lead designer of the Orlando store, says both locations are the result of the “magic” that can happen when two storytelling companies work together to design distinctive, memorable experiences for customers.

The Orlando and Anaheim Starbucks locations share another special bond. For the first time, Starbucks is connecting customers through in-store interactive touchscreens. The 70-inch digital display panels – one in each Starbucks store – use built-in cameras to create chalk sketches of guests and their surroundings. Customers in the Disney World Starbucks will be able to interact with those in the Disneyland location.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

The location is also the first Starbucks Reserve Store at the resort, offering rare and exquisite small-batch coffees from around the world. The store is equipped with the Clover Brewing System and four Mistrena espresso machines. Elegant bar seating encourages interaction between Starbucks baristas and customers. The store also has a more expansive food case than most cafes, and 30 Starbucks partners (employees) per shift serving customers.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

This newest Disney Starbucks is modern and hip just like you’d expect it to be. It really is a beautiful space and will help draw tourists to the West Side area.


28
Jun 14

Splitsville Drops Prices for Early Bird Bowling at Downtown Disney

splitsville early bird bowling downtown disney walt world

Take advantage of this new offer at Splitsville in Downtown Disney. Monday through Friday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Adults can bowl for $10 and kids for $5. “Early Bird” Prices include shoe rental which makes this a heck of a deal. Come early and stay later for lunch. The food is amazing. Read my epic restaurant review here: That Time We Ordered 12 Items Off the Downtown Disney Splitsville Menu {A Huge Restaurant Review}


05
Jun 14

Disney Springs Shaded Walkway Taking Shape as First Piece Installed in Downtown Disney West Side

About a year ago Disney Every Day brought you a sneak peek at the Disney Springs Concept Art. This artwork included a rendering featuring a covered walkway trellised with vining flowers. Here’s a look back at that image.

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and here’s a look at the first install unveiled today.

disney springs covered walkway downtown disney west side
disney springs covered walkway downtown disney west side
disney springs covered walkway downtown disney west side

The structure was composed of solid metal I-Beams, sturdy enough to support the weight of a pedestrian structure on top of it, which is depicted in the rendering above.  Full walk through of the brand new Starbucks behind in to come.