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DailyCity is reporting that we can expect an announcement soon on the long awaited redo of Pleasure Island.  Apparently, this will be a much larger plan than the originial Hyperon Wharf concept which got shelved without so much as a peep from Team Disney Orlando.  Perhaps TDO is starting to wake up from it's decade long hybernation and bring in some new and visionary ideas, once again.  Anaheim has been outpacing TDO on nearly all fronts since the late 90s.

 

http://www.thedailycity.com/2013/02/downtown-disney-rumor-calls-for-new.html

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^^ Spenser1058, you really need to do a podcast or something like that; YouTube perhaps where you're getting paid to blog.  your analysis and commentary is truly a great thing.  No BS, I mean it.

Yes I am tourist but I usually avoid the theme parks but did go to Disney Springs.  I knew they were restricting crowd size but did not know they had temperature checks in order to get in and masks we

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The Daily City has a fantastic write-up on the rumored "Disney Springs" replacement for Downtown Disney, including historic tidbits and more renderings.

 

http://www.thedailycity.com/2013/03/downtown-disney-to-transform-into.html#more

 

The high points (rumors):

  • Retail will be a major component of the redevelopment
  • Few "themed" restaurants, opting instead for quality.  Slides leaked include the logos for Food Network, the Shake Shack (of New York), Argo Tea, Iron Chef Morimoto
  • Upscale nightclub concepts - the Edison (LA club)
  • The central feature will be a "natural spring" like those found around Central Florida; local vernacular is the inspiration and branding (it is nice to see Disney pay homage to their Florida location, at last)
  • Planet Hollywood is out, to be replaced by a more upscale venue; rumor has it they are moving to the I-Drive Live / I-Shops complex into a Planet Hollywood Hotel
  • Elkus Manfredi may be involved; they designed the Grove and the Americana in LA, CityPlace in West Palm Beach.
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This might be the wrong place for this but just saw this and this is likely some huge news.

 

www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2013/03/ucf-blackstone-to-announce-major.html

 

Guessing a big donation/partnership with Rosen and hopefully much more beyond that. Looks like Miami has weaseled its way in on some of this unfortunately.

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The Daily City has a fantastic write-up on the rumored "Disney Springs" replacement for Downtown Disney, including historic tidbits and more renderings.

 

http://www.thedailycity.com/2013/03/downtown-disney-to-transform-into.html#more

 

The high points (rumors):

  • Retail will be a major component of the redevelopment
  • Few "themed" restaurants, opting instead for quality.  Slides leaked include the logos for Food Network, the Shake Shack (of New York), Argo Tea, Iron Chef Morimoto
  • Upscale nightclub concepts - the Edison (LA club)
  • The central feature will be a "natural spring" like those found around Central Florida; local vernacular is the inspiration and branding (it is nice to see Disney pay homage to their Florida location, at last)
  • Planet Hollywood is out, to be replaced by a more upscale venue; rumor has it they are moving to the I-Drive Live / I-Shops complex into a Planet Hollywood Hotel
  • Elkus Manfredi may be involved; they designed the Grove and the Americana in LA, CityPlace in West Palm Beach.

 

It's happening:  Disney made an "unofficial" announcement to cast members yesterday about the renovation and remodeling of Downtown Disney.  The "official announcement is expected this week.  It will be renamed "Disney Springs" and the leaked conceptuals and rumors seem to hold up.

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Disney unveils plans for Disney Springs

 

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/disney-unveils-plans-disney-springs/nWrpB/

 

I'd be surprised if anyone does not see this as clear indication that the Orlando tourism and convention demographic is changing.  This is a decidedly upscale shift.  Gone are the recognizable big brands of the 90s (Planet Hollywood, Virgin, Wild Horse Saloon, BET), the boilerplate "must have" venues, opting instead for an immersion in a uniquely Florida setting and theme.  This is about as boutique as Disney has ever been and it's their first real attempt to draw connections between their brand and their location.  Not just Florida, CENTRAL Florida (Springs, anyone?).

 

If this is the start of a new and improved Team Disney Orlando, bring it on.  They've been riding the coattails of TDA for 20 years and it hasn't done them a heap of good.  

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Disney unveils plans for Disney Springs

 

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/disney-unveils-plans-disney-springs/nWrpB/

 

I'd be surprised if anyone does not see this as clear indication that the Orlando tourism and convention demographic is changing.  This is a decidedly upscale shift.  Gone are the recognizable big brands of the 90s (Planet Hollywood, Virgin, Wild Horse Saloon, BET), the boilerplate "must have" venues, opting instead for an immersion in a uniquely Florida setting and theme.  This is about as boutique as Disney has ever been and it's their first real attempt to draw connections between their brand and their location.  Not just Florida, CENTRAL Florida (Springs, anyone?).

 

If this is the start of a new and improved Team Disney Orlando, bring it on.  They've been riding the coattails of TDA for 20 years and it hasn't done them a heap of good.  

 

THIS!! Most, if not all, of the major shopping centers (at least ventured by tourists) have gone upscale or are on the route to becoming more upscale. Even parts of International Drive will move towards this end of the spectrum. (I-Drive Live, and the rumored Planet Hollywood Hotel). This is exciting stuff!! I mean, the parking garages alone have me excited, and seeing Disney going through this route officially shows the shift, Even though they are one of the last to get in the movement.

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Not to mention that the name change away from "Downtown Disney" is actually a pretty big deal. I'm sure there were many internal reasons for the change but it ends an era of the former Disney Village competing with Downtown Orlando's Church Street Station. I'm sure the name "Downtown Disney" confused at least a few tourists into believing that there was no need for them to visit Downtown Orlando (if they even knew that there was one) but now, especially with the term "Downtown Orange County" being thrown to the wayside, there is undeniably just one "downtown" in Orlando.

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Disney Springs parking garages may cost taxpayers millions.

 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-daily-disney/os-disney-springs-parking-garages-20130318,0,1536106.story

 

"Disney doesn't plan to pay for the garages itself. The giant resort will instead have its personal government, Reedy Creek Improvement District, pick up the estimated $85 million tab."

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I guess it is open secret that transformer ride is opening in Universal and rumor of a new water park to be built.

 

I hope universal will create a shopping corridor after what disney done with downtown disney...cuz it is close to me...lol

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I had dinner with some vacation rental people tonight.  In the course of conversation they mentioned that talks with Mayor Jacobs office were currently on-going about allowing vacation rental subdivisions or sections of subdivisions to be allowed in Orange County which currently bans them.  From what they said she seems to be interested in the tax revenue that these vacation rental homes are generating in Osceola and Polk counties.  

 

Has anyone else heard about these 'conversations' 

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