– by Laurie
Part 1 – Disney Springs
#AwakenSummer was a “media event” for a few people of whom most are not Disney media. The rest of us had to wait for the WDW site to release the information I am sharing with you. I also have sources to add more information. One person not invited has been publishing Disney and other travel guides for 20 years, owns a major site and a much loved app, and is beloved by all who meet him. I am so sorry that I cannot share what was at the event.
This is not a refurbishment schedule but a lot of told you so, bragging on my part (Laurie). These openings will be mostly May and June but stretch into the next two years. We will start with Disney Springs. Town Center is the last area to open and stretches from Harley Davidson (Westside) to the Lego Store and World of Disney. From the lake, heading south are The Landing, Town Center, a parking garage and bus depot, and finally Buena Vista Boulevard. Access is from a bridge that leads to the lower level of STK. this path follows the creek around to the Pleasure Island path that passes Morimoto and Raglan Road. This north path ends at Portobello and the path from Westside to Marketplace. South of STK is a bridge to Town Center as well as the old Pleasure Island bridge by Raglan Road.
The south side will have restaurants with creek side patios. On the west is an arcade type building and two other buildings. South of that is a long row of buildings and in the middle is the bridge to the parking garage which leads from the Paradise Island Bridge. This area will have quick service and table service restaurants as well as lots of shops. Now for the time line.
The Daily Poutine opens May 15th and will include Canadian poutine which is French fries covered in gravy and topped with cheese curds. They will offer Latin, Italian, traditional, and French Variations.
B. B. Wolfe opens May 15th with sausages. They will offer a Bavarian sandwich, vegetarian sausage, and chorizo. They will have creek side dining.
Aristocrepes opens May 22nd and other both savory and sweet crepes. They feature smoked salmon, roast beef, vegetarian, turkey, key lime, strawberries Romanoff and s’mores crepes with adult drinks available.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is moving to the south end of Once Upon a Toy. The current site was tucked in a corner and often people were standing outside the shop. This will free up retail space. No word on when they move or reopen as they will keep the current location open until the move. Happy 10th Anniversary.
No specific information has been shared, but May 15th is the “grand opening” for Town Center. Between now and 2048 will be the unveiling of STK, Andrew Meieran’s underground nightclub and two restaurants, and all of Disney Springs. The consensus is that most of Disney Springs will be open by July. The bus drop at Town Center looks ready to open and is much needed. Definitely the garage will be open by the end of Summer. Patisserie is a French and Belgian bakery run by a master pastry chef, by law that word cannot be used on a bakery without that baker. They probably will reuse chocolate like the Ganachery which means cross contamination. D-Luxe Burgers claims to be allergy friendly but no vegan offerings and no soy free fries may be a sad meal for some guests.
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Amorette’s Patisserie (Disney shop)
B. B. Wolfe
D-Luxe Burger (Disney Owned)
Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine