Crossroads Shopping Center Closing for Disney Road Enhancements

Crossroads Shopping Center Closing for Disney Road Enhancements
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In many cases in the news articles here on WDW News Today, we tell you when attractions, eateries, shows, etc. will be closing, but often there is not enough advance notice for you to say your goodbyes.  This time, however, you have at least a few years to say farewell to the Crossroads at Lake Buena Vista shopping center on SR 535 at the intersection with Hotel Plaza Blvd.

Anyone who’s traveled that stretch of SR 535 in the past 10 years has realized that the traffic in this area is a nightmare.  Perhaps going to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner? Sweet Tomatoes for lunch? Goodings for groceries (Oh the horrors!) or maybe you remember Jungle Jim’s? The shopping center that is home to these locations and more may one day be no more.  As you can see from the aerial imagery, the SR-535 exit from I-4 Westbound is a single exit ramp for traffic heading in both directions on SR-535.  The Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida Department of Transportation has looked at a number of options for reconfiguring this interchange, possibly with one of those fancy flyover ramps or maybe a direct connection to Hotel Plaza Blvd.  But whatever the final design, the Crossroads Shopping Center looks to be clearly in the way, along with the Radisson and Waffle House just south of the shopping center.

Disney originally owned the land on which the shopping center sits, and originally developed Crossroads at Lake Buena Vista in 1988. The shopping center was sold off in 2005. It is likely that Disney would benefit from the demolition of a shopping center so close to Disney Springs, as it would drive more traffic to its own eateries and shops. Personally I’d be sad that I’d have to travel much farther to find a Sweet Tomatoes or Buffalo Wild Wings, but the loss of the shopping center would have been much harder to take if Jungle Jim’s had still been there.

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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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