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The new entertainment, dining and shopping complex at the existing Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney area is reshaping the landscape of this popular tourist destination.

Downtown Disney is getting a facelift of sorts as construction is well under way to create the latestDisney entertainment complex, curiously named "Disney Springs". According to Disney's original announcement in early 2013, Disney Springs will offer a collection of more than a hundred shops, restaurants and sideline entertainment venues designed to attract tourists during their non-theme park days and locals during the evenings and weekends.

disney-springs-under-constructionAmong some of the most noticeable changes is the addition of a Starbucks Coffee location directly across from the Harley Davidson Store, next to the Characters in Flight balloon attraction. Also, rumor has it that Fuego by Sosa Cigars will either be moved or closed down to allow new restaurants and shops near the Raglan Road Irish Pub. Additional walls have been erected throughout the old Pleasure Island complex to shield onlookers from the magic being built behind them.

Disney has been busy all over, particularly as it continues its head-on competition with Universal Studios, which is actively revamping Downtown Disney's nemesis--Universal City Walk. In addition, Disney is planning an extension of its Hollywood Studios with the addition of Star Wars and Avatar-themed lands, following the success of these movie franchises. All in all, the progress being made will be sure to pay off as Orlando continues to attract more than 59 million visitors every year.

Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is located within 10 minutes of Downtown Disney and when Disney Springs opens, we will be looking forward to being your lodging destination of choice during your next visit to Orlando.

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