Downtown Disney's makeover into Disney Springs debuts Sunday with the grand opening of its Town Center section. It's the final retail and restaurant cluster of Disney World's entertainment complex, which has doubled in size in its three-year transformation.
Only about half of the stores that will eventually operate in Town Center will open Sunday. Two celebrity chef restaurants won't open until later this summer, but the space that used to be Pleasure Island has been transformed by a man-made spring that closely mimics the look of the kind of clear water found in Central Florida's natural springs.
It's free to park at the retail complex on Buena Vista Drive, off Interstate 4 southwest of Orlando.
Some of the new stores opening Sunday include Sprinkles, the bakery with an ATM dispensing cupcakes at all hours. Also opening are the Savannah Bee Company, which sells specialty honey and body care products, and Filthy Rich, celebrity-inspired jewelry.
Among the restaurants opening Sunday: The Daily Poutine, a kiosk of the Canadian classic cheese curds with a variety of toppings; D-Luxe Burger, with burgers, gelato shakes and more from Disney chefs; and Amorette's Patisserie, a high-end pastry shop. New takeaway street food windows will open Sunday at Morimoto Asia, an outdoor expansion of the restaurant by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto that opened last fall.
Still to come is high-end steakhouse STK, which is taking reservations for May 25. Celebrity chef restaurants coming later this summer are Art Smith's Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine and Frontera Fresco, from Rick Bayless, the Chicago chef renowned for his Mexican cuisine. Neither have announced an official opening date.
Other stores coming in May are Lily Pulitzer, Lucky Brand, Kate Spade New York, Sephora and Vera Bradley.
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