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.
This month, Disney Springs parking garages get a weird new technological upgrade, two kiosks in the Marketplace area of the shopping district close forever, plus a replacement for a shop that closed just a few weeks ago is on the way!
1. New license plate capturing technology coming to Disney Springs parking garages
Though the parking garages at Disney Springs already use some impressive technology to help guests find a parking space quickly and efficiently, Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District has recently filed a permit with Orange County to add even more new technology to their Disney Springs Parking garages. According to this new filing, a new system will be installed soon that will use cameras to record, track, and store information on guests' vehicles by tracking their license plate number.
Though no specific use for this technology was mentioned, we'd imagine Disney could use this license plate capturing function to reunite guests with lost cars, or see how many times a specific guest is visiting Disney Sptings, and for how long. Of course this is bound to cause privacy concerns, and it will be interesting to see how upfront Disney is about what they are using this new system, which will cost just over $2 Million to install, to accomplish. No date has been set for installation but we expect this new system to be up and running in the next few weeks.
2. Bus schedule changes for Disney Springs
Beginning this week guests visiting Disney Springs from Walt Disney World Resorts will now have a 9:00 AM drop off time except on days that Typhoon Lagoon opens at 8:00 AM. Return service to Disney Resort hotels will still end at 2:00 AM. One-way bus service from the 4 Disney theme parks operates daily from 4:00 PM until 11:00 PM or 2 hours after theme parks close, whichever is earlier.