PHOTO REPORT: Disney Springs 10/16/18 (City Works, NBA Experience, New Merchandise, Disney Tails, Haunted Mansion, Figment, ETC.)

Our latest photo report brings us to Disney Springs where a plethora of construction projects are still going on.

If you park at the Orange Garage, there’s a nearby photo op for Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms. I have yet to see any one take a picture of or with this thing other than me.

City Works/NBA Experience

Just a few days ago, Disney announced City Works, a new restaurant located “adjacent” to the NBA Experience. This announcement led to days of confusion. The original announcement states that the NBA Experience features a restaurant. Later announcements turn the statement into an “adjacent” restaurant. At some point in time, NBA Experience decided they did not want to run a restaurant and the bar and grill (technically) inside of the building was given to City Works. Disney tried to tell us there was never a change, but the original announcement says otherwise. I’m not sure if there is someone trying to cover it up or Disney’s representatives just have no recollection of the early announcement (in fairness, it was over 3 years ago), but I’m not sure not really matters to anyone either. I don’t know many who were looking forward to eating at an NBA-owned eatery. City Works seems like a positive change to me.

Here we see the backside of the NBA Experience building.

Back to the front where the massive screen will reside.

Just a few days after we took those pics, the walls were updated.

The NBA Experience art is still the same, not reflecting City Works.

Two new pieces promoting City Works were added.

This could explain the current dining scene at Disney Springs. There’s almost too many good options now.


Construction continues on Jaleo by Jose Andres, probably the most interesting building in Disney Springs. It’s a really captivating design.

Windows are being installed this week.

This and That

Signage has been installed on the upcoming Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill.

Chicken Guy finally got its sign.

It has proved to be a great grab and go option, typically really fast from ordering to receiving your food.

A new Princess MagicBands for sale.

A new batch of Princess open edition pins has also been released.

D-Tech on Demand at Disney Springs now has a phone case and MagicBand design featuring Figment at Epcot, rather than Donald Duck.

A new male Villains MagicBand.

Splash Mountain Funko Pop! figures are readily available at Disney’s Pin Traders.

The Happiest Cruise mystery vinyl set is readily available as well, despite being sold out online.

A new open edition Art of Animation Resort pin for sale.

The former Hanes Design-A-Tee shop remains closed as it transforms into a yet-to-be-announced offering.

A new Disney’s Yacht Club Resort ornament featuring Mickey and Minnie, $24.99

There’s also a new Grand Floridian Resort ornament shaped like a cup and saucer, $21.99

This new Disney Parks stocking is probably the best new Christmas item in years. It features icons from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, “it’s a small world”, the Haunted Mansion, and more. It’s $29.99 and I’m getting one.

The remodel of Basin is wrapping up.

Apparently the Lemon Garage has fallen behind schedule because an escalator being delivered from China sank in the ocean on the way here. I’m not even joking.

The pedestrian bridge looks to be nearing completion.

World of Disney

The remodel of World of Disney continues per the orders of Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek. It looks like the California store may open first, but we should one just days away from the “Grand Reveal”.

Inside, one wall of the store is just black curtains.

Some cute new character quote mugs can be found in World of Disney for $13.99 each.

For the record, Dumbo never speaks in the film.

Marketplace Co-Op

LovePop has opened a greeting card shop in the middle of the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs.

They’re pretty cute. Cards look to be priced around $14.99 each.

Disney tails also opened replacing TAG, the travel accessories gear store. I loved the TAG merchandise, it’s a real shame it didn’t work out.

I’m really happy there is a Tails store once again at Disney Springs (it existed many, many years ago at Downtown Disney), but there’s almost nothing for cats and nothing for any other pets. Why is the store being advertised as a pet store? Can it just be a dog store?

They don’t miss an opportunity to push a dress with a cat on it, and how you should walk your dog while wearing your Minnie Mouse and Figaro cat dress.

Let’s take a look around the store, shall we?

Can I buy these display walls?

The Haunted Mansion chew toys are pretty cute.


There’s an entire Haunted Mansion section.


Someone tell Figaro that they do not have toys for him.

Coming Attractions

Several displays for upcoming Disney films can be found inside the AMC Theater. I went to see Bad Times at the El Royale in case you were wondering.

In the sequel, Mary Poppins goes to Diagon Alley and complains that Disney takes too long to build rides with physical show scenes rather than screens.

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Michael Crandell
Michael Crandell
2 years ago

“In the sequel, Mary Poppins goes to Diagon Alley and complains that Disney takes too long to build rides with physical show scenes rather than screens.”


2 years ago

Thanks Thomas, nice report.

2 years ago

Great report.

So that makes more sense. City Works will instead replace the planned NBA restaurant/bar as opposed to being a second one in the building.