CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE New concept art released by Disney on one of their Twitter feeds this past weekend displays an air view of Downtown Disney and in particular, Pleasure Island. From this there is all kinds of information that can be garnered! Keep in mind that Disney Springs is the new name for what is a very much enlarged Downtown Disney while The Landing is the new name for what is currently Pleasure Island.
Starting at the bottom right, we see refurbished Planet Hollywood restaurant. Whether it retains the PH name or the previously announced Observatory name remains to be seen. What we do see is that the ground level has lots of bright windows lit so it appears the bottom will be used for something open to the public. We also see a new bridge connecting the PH area directly over to PI. Notice that the connection on the Island is at the Island's lower level. Further to the left we see that the current No. 4 arch bridge still connects the West Side to the Island. Like today, the bridge passes over the lower level walkway and connects at what was most recently West End Plaza/Celebration Plaza at an upper level. The mystery is over. PI retains a two level dynamic.
At the left corner, what is currently BET Soundstage appears to remain standing. The two levels of windows are still there. The Adventurers Club building seems to still be there as well. Paradiso 37 of course comes next along Village Lake. Notice that the temporary PI pedestrian bypass is gone. After Paradiso 37 comes the water taxi dock followed by a new building that sits out over the water. The Walt Disney World Magic website reports this will be an aviation-themed restaurant called The Hangar. Beyond that is the lighthouse & classic old boat-themed Boat House Restaurant. The outdoor amphitheater would be in that green area near The Hangar.
Coming back around the other way we see Mannequins & 8TRAX still standing with new fronts built onto them on the Hill Street side. The construction permit the Blog previously posted indicates the two are being combined into an unknown restaurant. Finally, in the space where Comedy Warehouse once stood, the unnamed steak house sits on the upper level while the lower level wraps behind it as it did with CW.
Exciting times! Feel free to post your comments!