Disney Springs

Disney Springs From a Grove

In anticipation of the new Disney Springs opening, in May I wrote in a previous post about how Disney Springs had evolved originally from the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Center to adding Downtown Disney and Disney’s West Side. We talked about the retail and competitive entertainment influences surrounding those neighborhoods of what ultimately combined to become Downtown … Read more

Pleasure Island was an entertainment offering unlike anything on Walt Disney World property at the time. It was its own era. Behind the sign is the old Mannequins building, now the Morimoto Asia Restaurant. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Before Disney Springs

This weekend a major section of Disney Springs opens when their Town Center is unveiled to the public. Up until now, much of the remodeling of what was once Downtown Disney has been largely focused on what was formerly Pleasure Island, now known as The Landing. This major addition of the Town Center at Disney … Read more

A quiet moment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at World of Disney, Disney Springs. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is Moving!

I learned yesterday that Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is moving from the World of Disney at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World. The popular attraction is not moving far. It’s heading to Once Upon a Toy, or to where that location exists. There are five sections to Once Upon a Toy. The last two sections have been … Read more

I used to host groups inside this restaurant, long closed to regular guests. But the building still seemed dead even to those visiting. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

5 Surprise Hits of 2015

Before we get too much further into 2016, I thought I would share my top 5 surprise hits at Walt Disney World. These are the things that I didn’t have too much expectation around, but inevitably found great value. 1. Anything to do with Disney Springs. Everything that Disney seems to be touching at this … Read more

Disney Studio Backlot Tour Closing Permanently

Big Changes for Disney’s Hollywood Studios–Let the Makeover Begin! The Studio Backlot TourDisney has announced that Disney’s long-heralded attraction, The Studio Backlot Tour, will close permanently on September 27, 2014. This attraction will be really the biggest closure of any park attraction ever at Walt Disney World. Up until Kilimanjaro Safaris, no attraction took up more space. And … Read more