I am getting used to the parking garage. It has plenty of parking spaces and it has ended that fun game of finding a parking spot by circling and riding up and down the rows. The new parking garage doesn’t have any Disney touches, it could be in your hometown. What it does have is a state of the art system for finding a parking spot! See the sign outside with the number of available spaces on each level?
As you are going up the ramp you can see the updated availability.
At the end of each row you will see a sign indicating the number of free spaces in that row. If you look up at these lights it will glow red or green. If it is green it indicates a free parking spot. When you leave the spot it will turn red for about 15 seconds then turn green as you pull away. While you are parked the light is not on. This was fantastic!
There have been a number of new stores open on the West Side. The walkway they built to get to the water taxis is now closed.
This is a new shoe store.
The selection of hats for men and women is amazing. It also seems to be very popular already!
The new walkway opened while we were there. This will be a big help with the crowds on the Marketplace side. You can now make a complete circle around the lake. It should help lessen the congestion over by the Lego Store.
The 4 new kiosks that will be opening soon on the new walkway.
There are a number of seating areas on this new walkway if you would like to sit and enjoy the view.
I am loving the feel of the new Downtown Disney! It is going to be awesome when it is finished. There are a few new restaurants that are coming that look very interesting. For all the delays, changes in theming I think Disney got it right with Disney Springs! The only problem at this time is the construction on Buena Vista Drive. They are widening the road and creating overhead pedestrian walkways. It looks like a war zone with all the orange barrels, piles of dirt and the cranes. Once it is done it will be wonderful but we have to live through this growing pain stage. All the work hasn’t chased me away yet. We do go during the off peak weekdays so I can’t speak to the weekend crowds but you might want to reconsider staying away from Downtown Disney during the construction. If you have been lately, what do you think? Tell us in the comments below. Till next time, see you in the parks!
Category: Disney World