Internationally known retailers and a 1900s look will be features of Town Center, the next phase of Downtown Disney’s transformation into Disney Springs, company officials say.
Town Center, one of the new districts created within the shopping and entertainment complex, is under construction in space previously used for guest parking. It will have larger stores than the ones that recently opened in The Landing section, which was built basically on the same footprint as the former Pleasure Island.
“It’s a little more boutique, a little more complementary of that night-life experience and so forth,” Keith Bradford, vice president of Downtown Disney, said of The Landing. New retailers include a Havaianas shoe store, Chapel Hats, Sound Lion electronics accessories and the Art of Shaving.
“As we expand into Town Center, which is being constructed now, you’re going to see some more of those national brands, a little bit larger-scale retail,” Bradford said. He would not identify future tenants of Town Center.
“This is where the dominant retail will be: worldwide, national, international brands moving in here, a serious diversification of our shopping experience,” he said.
The area’s retheming is a throwback to small-town Florida of the early 20thcentury. Town Center will have a 1920s feel, said Theron Skees, executive creative director of the project.
“That’s the [Addison] Mizner era or [Henry] Flagler era,” he said. “There was a lot that was going on in St. Augustine and in Miami with an architectural style called Mediterranean revival, so you think of these great Spanish-tile roofs, these two-story buildings, tree-lined streets and avenues, shell-stone paving.”
Town Center will run from the existing World of Disney store in the Marketplace sector to the Planet Hollywood building, Skees said. That globe-shaped restaurant will receive a makeover that gives its exterior the look of an observatory, Disney has said.
The Landing will be home to an “Indiana Jones”-themed establishment called Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Disney World announced Tuesday. It will open this fall.
Visitors today encounter road work en route to Downtown Disney. Buena Vista Drive will be expanded from seven to 10 lanes and will include a dedicated bus lane, Bradford said. Two pedestrian bridges will span the road, including one near Hotel Plaza Boulevard, he said.
The second of two garages is going up, adding 2,000 parking spaces. A 4,000-slot facility opened in November.
Disney expects work on the project to be complete next year.