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.