It has been just over a year since Downtown Disney officially turned into Disney Springs, and in that time this shopping district has changed dramatically, with the openings of dozens of new shops and restaurants in the past 12 months.
However, Disney Springs is doing more than just opening up new places for guests to shop and dine. Here's a look at some of the most recent changes happening this month at the dining, retail and entertainment area.
1. Planet Hollywood Observatory teases social media fans with image of new premium shakes
Exterior work is still continuing on Planet Hollywood Observatory ahead of its (projected) late 2016 grand re-opening, but while we are waiting on an official date for this dining establishment to welcome guests once again, the Planet Hollywood Observatory Facebook page has been giving guests some sneak peaks at what they can expect from the revamped menu at this reimagined eatery. And earlier this week fans got a first look at what is being called “Supernova Shakes", which will be hand-crafted, made to order gourmet shakes that will (as you can see above) feature a number of over the top fixings, similar to another recently-opened eatery at Universal Orlando Resort. No details have been made available about flavor or price, but hopefully we'll know more soon about these delicious-looking treats.
2. Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar introduces weekday happy hour menu
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar at Disney Springs has introduced a new Happy Hour menu that will be available for guests from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday. During this time guests are able to can get a range of appetizers, draft beers, wines and cocktails with special pricing. Here's the full happy hour menu lineup:
- Classified X 3 Chicken Wings ($7.00): Just like the Cirrus X 3 Rocket Pack, the recipe for these Chili-Garlic glazed Chicken Wings is top secret...though you may detect hints of Citrus, Jalapeño, and Cilantro.
- Jock's Loaded Nachos ($7.00) Another Jock Lindsey original! Key Lime Tortilla Chips topped with seasoned Ground Beef, Black Beans, Guacamole, Sour Cream, fresh Salsa, and a blend of Shredded Cheese.
- Belloq's Bacon Fries ($7.00) BACON!! These Thick-cut Fries tossed with Hardwood-smoked Bacon, a House-made Chimichurri Sauce, and Premium Cheeses are the envy of hungry archaeologists.
- Draft Beer Pitchers ($25.00) Kingfisher Lager, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale, or Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA. Pitcher
- Wines by the glass ($7.00) Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley or Santa Ema Reserve Merlot, Maipo Valley.
- Cocktails ($7.00) Screwdriver with SKYY Vodka and Orange Juice or Cubra-Libre with Don Q Rum and Coca-Cola® with a squeeze of Lime Juice.
3. Disney Springs food trucks get centralized ordering system
The Disney Food Trucks in Disney's Springs' Expo Park on the district's West Side have gone through a bit of a reorganization recently. Instead of just walking up to a specific truck and ordering something, guests will now need to stop by a central ordering area in front of where the trucks are parked to order and can then go to the actual trucks themselves to pick up their food.
This is actually a big improvement over the previous ordering system, as the central ordering hub allows guests who want to sample dishes from multiple trucks to order their food all at once without having to split up their party or wait for one truck before moving on to the next. This new format also helps keeps queues down as well as there's one central place for ordering only.