Disney Springs is not scheduled to be complete until next year, but work continues as this area transforms from simple retail district into incredibly-themed shopping destination.
This month brings some substantial changes to the developing Disney Springs, including the opening of a new “pod” at the Marketplace Co-Op, a big milestone in the Disney Springs construction project and a new drink location that is all set to open in the very near future.
1. WonderGround Gallery opens at Marketplace Co-op
Though there are plenty of wonderful differences between Walt Disney World and Disneyland, one that has always had East Coasters a little green with envy is the WonderGround Gallery art store. Walt Disney World has plenty of stores where guests can peruse and purchase Disney-inspired art, but the WonderGround Gallery’s unique modern art offerings were previously relegated to a simple kiosk with a few rotating items, barely living up to its namesake's reputation.
However, earlier this month the ribbon was cut on an actual WonderGround Gallery store space, located at the Marketplace Co-Op. This new space replaces the Beautifully Disney makeup pod (next to D-Tech), and features a ton of WonderGround art, including pieces by Jerrod Maruyama (who was on hand for the opening), Jasmine Beckett Griffith and more. You can check out a few photos from the opening below:
2. New pedestrian bridge installed
Though the Disney Springs parking garage project is far from finished, a new pedestrian bridge located near the West Side garage has popped up. It’s not quite ready for guests to walk across just yet, but this new bridge will allow guests staying at the partner resorts adjacent to the shopping district easier access to Disney Springs as they will no longer have to wait for long traffic lights in order to cross the street.
While all the structural elements are in place for this new bridge, eager walkers still have a few weeks until it opens fully. Construction on a second pedestrian bridge closer to Hotel Plaza Boulevard is now underway, and this additional bridge is expected to welcome its first walkers later this summer.