Disney Springs has become quite the subject of controversy for the past few years, with some outspoken fans saying this re-imagined shopping district has become too much like an outlet mall and isn’t really keeping with the “spirit” of the former Downtown Disney district any more. However, no matter how you feel about the changing face of this location, in the two years since this shopping district opened, Disney has been making a lot of changes, opening new stores, offering great deals, and even hosting some character-based events. 

Though we published a big update for Disney Springs last month, it looks like even more changes are happening at this shopping district, with new additions in the Marketplace, a special limited-time deal which will give guests the ability to earn some free money, and even some changes to a recent parking addition... 

1. Changes coming to Disney Springs preferred parking

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Though Disney just introduced preferred parking at Disney Springs a few weeks ago, it looks like changes are already coming to this new system. Beginning this week, guests visiting Disney Springs who pay the $10 preferred parking fee can choose between the Lemon or Mango parking lots, as opposed to the Lemon and Grapefruit lots, which were designated for preferred parking previously. Complimentary parking in surface lots and parking garages, as well as valet parking, of course remain available.

2. Characters in Flight balloon gets a new name

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After unveiling a new balloon design earlier this year, and remodeling the ticket kiosk below, yet another change has come to one of Disney Springs' most iconic symbols. Though it was previously known as Characters in Flight, this tethered balloon attraction is now called Aerophile: The World Leader in Balloon Flight. Though this new name is quite a mouthful, it should separate this attraction from its former life inside Downtown Disney, and helps cement its new legacy as an iconic symbol of Disney Springs. 

3. Mobile Order comes to Disney Springs  

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After successful trials at four restaurants inside Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World has expanded its mobile-ordering option to a restaurant beyond the theme parks. Guests visiting Disney Springs can now use the My Disney Experience app to select menu items at the Disney-owned D-Luxe Burger restaurant. As has been the case with the rollout of this technology guests will need to have a credit card linked to their my Disney Experience app to order food in advance, and cannot use Disney Dining Plan credits with this feature either. 



Love all the new changes to Disney Springs! Have been spending much more time there and look forward to visiting. Still visit my favorite, Ghiradelli's as often as I can.

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