Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, has always been a shopping and entertainment district full of cool shops, yummy places to eat, and fun things to do, such as a bowling alley and a movie theater. It's a great place to hang out on a non park day, or in the evening when you've had your fill of the parks.
When I was there in Dec 2015, they were in the middle of a huge expansion. Some of the improvements had already been completed. I was a huge fan of the bridge that connected one part to the other...eliminating the long walk back to the bus stop. But there were walls up and you couldn't see what they were doing with the expansion.
My next visit was Nov 2016, after it was all completely done, and WOW. Just wow!
The old Downtown Disney was divided into three areas: the Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and the West Side. The dance clubs in Pleasure Island closed years ago and the area only held a few restaurants. It was pretty dead. But they took that entire area and completely transformed it. It is now two distinct areas called The Landing and Town Center.
The old bus stop is gone and now there is a brand new one that is more centrally located. You are dropped off at Town Center, and if you are familiar with the old Downtown Disney, you will definitely see you are not in Kansas anymore! It's absolutely beautiful. Very elegant with high end shops to satisfy every shopaholic.
If you head to the right, you eventually hit the Marketplace and it all starts to look familiar again! All the shops and eateries you know and love are still there :)
The Landing and West Side are filled with amazing eateries. So many to choose from! Which makes it so hard to decide!
Parking has always been a huge problem at Downtown Disney, but not anymore. Disney Springs has two huge parking garages for those that have a car. They even have digital signs outside telling you how many spots are free! So cool!