Downtown Disney is slowly but surely undergoing its transformation into Disney Springs, a totally revamped shopping and entertainment district that will add special theming and new stores and venues. If you're already a Downtown Disney regular, you know that parking can be a challenge on busy nights.
Thankfully, the parking problems will soon be a thing of the past. The Disney Parks Blog recently gave a sneak peek at the new parking garage and direct entrance off I-4 with artist renderings that you can see in the picture accompanying this article.
When the Disney Springs project is done, it will double the number of stores and restaurants. The huge influx of additional bodies brings a need for wider roads and more parking spots. There will actually be two parking garages by the time Disney Springs is done, and the first will be completed in late 2014, with space for 4,000 cars. There will also be pedestrian bridges for easier access by those on foot. One bridge will connect Disney Springs to the Marketplace, while the other will link it to the West Side.
In the meantime, there's still plenty to see, do, and eat at Downtown Disney. It just takes a little planning ahead, as you'll want to allow enough time to find a parking spot in the construction turmoil and possibly take a shuttle. One upcoming event that you won't want to miss is the Great Irish Hooley, which returns to Raglan Road for its third year, running August 29 to September 1. For a sneak peek, including a list of the bands you'll see this year, jump to this article. If you come, be sure to bring your appetite, as well as a willingness to have fun.