|The website Park Rumors is reporting today that Disney filed plans yesterday with the South Florida Water Management District for Phase 1 of a project that will bring huge changes to Downtown Disney! The project is called “The BVD Corridor Stormwater Project” and there's potential good news in here so keep reading. The initial phase seeks approval for infrastructural changes to how groundwater flows on that large piece of property. |
Things get interesting during the next phase. That's when Downtown Disney becomes Disney Springs which is broken up into six separate areas with Pleasure Island becoming The Landing! The parking lot that is currently in front of PI becomes a shopping mall type area with more shops and restaurants. A new parking garage is also added along with an entirely new traffic flow to include flyover ramps.
The major reason that Pleasure Island was ungated and opened to anybody was foot traffic did not like walking around PI. It was felt that by making the West Side more line-of-sight for pedestrians, it would get more people to make the walk over. What I find intriguing in the plans is that with a new mall area between the Marketplace and West Side, pedestrian traffic will naturally flow in both directions which is what they wanted all along. And if you look at the concept drawing above,
I like the concept and it's potential for nightlife. I like the badly-needed vehicle traffic improvements. I don't like the PI name change; I don't see the need to rename Downtown Disney. I think both changes are unnecessary and a huge waste of money and brand value. The new names breed no excitement.
We look forward to a public announcement from Disney.