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All in the Details: Putting the ‘Springs’ Into Disney Springs

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Since the re-imagining of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort began back in 2013, we’ve shared the amazing transformation this area has gone through, including insights into the many new restaurants and shops that have debuted.

Today we wanted to share the story Walt Disney Imagineering created that immerses guests into the rich heritage and natural beauty of Florida through unique architecture, color schemes, horticulture and more. At the heart of Disney Springs is a bubbling spring located in Town Center that represents not only the power and beauty of nature, but optimism and possibilities. More than a century ago, this spring attracted the first settlers and over time, the town of “Disney Springs” grew around the spring, eventually creating three additional neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace and West Side – each with its own distinct charm.

But how do you build a representation of an authentic Florida spring? The answer: research, technology and artistry. In this video, you can see the level of detail the project team went to in recreating a natural Florida spring like the ones they visited on their many research trips. In it, you’ll see how Imagineers used various shades of bright glass pieces as accent colors to make the springs glitter; how nearby live oak and cypress trees were incorporated into the design of the spring’s bank; and how sculpting added even more depth to the area. Simply amazing.

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  • Enjoyed our past visit there over Christmas time, kind of miss the old places; but, it’s really transforming into another fun place to experience some Disney magic!

  • This is one of the main things that separates Disney from the rest -the attention to detail. Who else puts a theme to a shopping/dining area and then creates an entire back-story for it? Man, I love me some Disney World!

  • Didn’t they use a cement and glass technique when they refurbished the submarine ride at Disneyland?

  • I am a Floridian and I approve this message…..

    …..As long as I can get to Disney Quest by June, this year.

  • Will there be any fish or turtles living in your beautiful new spring?

  • Now if only had a AA manatee or two 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing everything completed.

  • It looks like the imagineers succeeded to build a little piece of paradise right there. What a dream job they have! Just watching the images makes me want to be there so badly.

    • We hope you can come visit soon!

  • WOW! Looks amazing!

    • 🙂

  • I am always so amazed at the amount of detail and backstory that goes into every single thing that Disney designs and builds. I am looking forward to many visits to Disney Springs – I think this will become one of the best shopping and entertainment offerings in the country! Well done Disney!

    • Definitely continue to follow our “All in the Details” series, Michael. We’re exploring areas like this that feature detail that will blow your mind. 🙂

  • This area looks absolutely stunning! I saw a couple pictures that surfaced online, and I have to say that the team has done a tremendous job with this project. Can’t wait to see it for myself someday soon!

    • Our Imagineers have really made this a special place, thanks to their hard work, a great storyline and their attention to even the tiniest detail.

  • Can’t wait for it all to be finished, so we can explore Disney Springs!

    • It has turned out to be truly amazing, hasn’t it? So much fun (and food) to be had!

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