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, a limited time event comes to Disney Springs this week, new stores open, plus a big project gets a slight delay
1. PopUp Disney "D-Lish" event happening this weekend
This week from February 21-24 Disney Springs will be hosting a special "D-Lish" PopUp event from 10:00 AM through 2:00 PM that will allow guests to check out a new line of Disney Parks snacks-inspired merchandise at a PopUp location near the DisneyStyle store. In addition to the chance to be the first to purchase these new items, there will be Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, special entertainment, mini-makeovers by M•A•C Cosmetics, and limited-time, crave-worthy surprises.
2. Grapefruit garage opening pushed to next month
Though Disney Springs was originally planning to open the new Grapefruit Parking Garage this month, this project has been delayed slightly, and is now on track to open next month. The $58 million project will support parking for an additional 3,000 vehicles, and will feature the same space tracking technology that makes finding a space in the Lime and Orange garages so easy. And though this new garage will be on the other side of Buena Vista Drive, there will be an elevated crosswalk that will provide guests with direct walking access to the shopping district.
3. Ron Jon Surf Shop coming to Disney Springs
The Ron Jon Surf Shop is a tourist mainstay, and now this iconic story is coming to Disney Springs. This 10,000-square-foot location will be in the Town Center area of Disney Springs, taking over the area that was most recently used to preview the new Kingdom Hearts game and the Disney Corner.