Dirk Wallen’s 12/8/13 Disney Springs/Downtown Disney Photo Report

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WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited Downtown Disney on Sunday and has some newsworthy photos to share with us from his trip:

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Here’s how the parking structure construction looks to guests

A third food truck has arrived on the West Side

It’s the World Showcase of Flavors

There is some mystery construction happening outside of House of Blues

Nothing new to see at the West side Starbucks location

 A look over some construction walls on Pleasure Island

There is one small structure that is now enclosed

The remains of Comedy Warehouse

No visible work over here yet

Demolition of Captain Jack’s has begun so a new pedestrian bridge can be constructed in the Marketplace

A second Downtown Disney Starbucks is now going up next door to World of Disney in the Marketplace

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Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • The "mystery" construction taking place at House of Blues is for a quick service location for House of Blues. I believe it will be serving BBQ.

  • The food and service used to be great a Captain Jack's up until the early 2000's. I do like how Disney makes changes to various attractions, resorts, and restaurants to make each trip more adventurous. It is cool to watch the building demolished because you know something new and exciting is coming – a bridge.

    I have pictures from my first visit back in 1971, and through the decades and it is cool to see the progressive changes each year. Some of you remember Lake Buena Vista Village (formally Disney Institute), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Magic Kingdom), Skyway (Magic Kingdom), Disney Institute (now DVC's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa), World of Motion (EPCOT), Treasure / Discovery Island (island abandoned in Bay Lake), River Country (abandoned water park), etc. Disney World is continually changing so we can bring back our kids to enjoy into the future.

  • I'm actually kind of glad to see Captain Jack's go… they were not very good. But on a completely unrelated note, Earl of Sandwich is an amazing restaurant with good food and great service!

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