Disney Springs continues reworking its Westside district and making minor tweaks at other locations inside the popular shopping, dining, and entertainment district. The Westside is supposed to be themed to a 1950s era World’s Fair, so look for the new stores and dining to fit into that look. We stopped by at the end of 2019 to check on the progress of the major projects.
The big announcement was that M&M’s Store would be coming to Disney Springs between Splitsville and the NBA Experience. Looks like it will be taking over two former store locations of Curl and Fit to Run. Both were retailers that had a presence in the own Downtown Disney, but appear to be gone forever now.
A trio of new restaurants are in the works for the Westside as well. City Works Pour House & Eatery will focus on American fare and feature an extensive beer menu with 90 local and global craft brews on tap. It will have a sports bar feel inside and out.
City Works has set an opening date for later this month. Ample Hills Creamery is supposed to open later in 2020. There’s no officially announced timeline for Beatrix, but it looks like 2021 considering they’re still clearing the demolition from the former Bongo’s location.
Cirque du Soleil’s new show Drawn to Life has set a date for previews. Tickets are on sale now for preview shows beginning March 20 and the show officially opens April 17 with the first public show on April 18.
Inside the Marketplace Co-Op two of the popular stores have switched places. Wonderground Gallery is now in the largest space that was formerly home to the Dress Shoppe on Cherry Tree Lane.
The original idea of Marketplace Co-Op was for Disney to workshop store ideas in a small footprint before moving them out to larger locations at Disney Springs or elsewhere on property. That hasn’t really happened, except with the Dress Shoppe idea finding its way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the remodeled Legends of Hollywood store.
Is there a retail or dining trend you think Disney Springs is missing out on? There’s one location that’s currently unoccupied, the former Trophy Room location. Personally, we think Disney Springs needs an intimate feeling Jazz Club. Any thing you’d like to see added?