Disney Springs is a fictitious town which is the setting for Disney Springs in Walt Disney World.
- 1 Description
- 2 History
- 3 Appearances and allusions
- 4 Connections
- 4.1 Adventurers Club
- 4.2 Country Bear Jamboree
- 4.3 Dinosaur (Countdown to Extinction)
- 4.4 Disney films
- 4.5 Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- 4.6 EPCOT
- 4.7 Indiana Jones
- 4.8 Haunted Mansion
- 4.9 Journey Into Imagination
- 4.10 Jungle Cruise
- 4.11 Kilimanjaro Safaris
- 4.12 Main Street, U.S.A.
- 4.13 Marvel Comics
- 4.14 Matterhorn Bobsleds
- 4.15 Mickey Mouse Universe
- 4.16 The Muppets
- 4.17 Pirates of the Caribbean
- 4.18 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
- 4.19 Submarine Voyage
- 4.20 Sunshine Tree Terrace
- 4.21 Swiss Family Treehouse
- 5 Trivia
- 6 References
Disney Springs is a small town in the Orange County of Central Florida. The town was built around a water-body which was also known as, "Disney Springs". The town's official slogan is, "Disney Springs: The Source of Inspiration". The town was also located nearby the city of Lake Buena Vista in addition to the site of Walt Disney's Florida Project.
The Springs are the water-body which the town of Disney Springs were built around and are the town's titular, "Source of Inspiration". Within the springs is a large natural water-fountain.
The Landing was the part of Disney Springs which was located near the railway and was the town's hub for transportation.
- The Boathouse:
- The Edison: The Edision was a power-plant which was opened in 1901. In the 1920s, the building was later turned into a dining and entertainment location named after Thomas Edison.
- Enzo's Hideaway: Enzo's Hideaway is a lounge built from old tunnels under Disney Springs which were used for bootlegging during prohibition. The tunnels were discovered by Italian immigrant Enzo after purchasing the Springs Airline Terminal that was connected to the tunnels.
- Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC:
- Gideon’s Bakehouse: Gideon's Bakehouse is a bakery built inside of what was previously a bookstore known as Lindwurm Booksellers, a shop which belonged to rare book collector Jonathan Lindwurm. The bakehouse is decorated with illustrations of former Disney Springs residents from throughout its history and the building was decorated by an arcane gargoyle named, "Agubadijadzs" which offered protection to those who could speak its name. The bakehouse was established by central Floridian baker Steve Lewis who made the bakery Victorian themed as tribute to an old cookbook which he found with the name, "Gideon" and publication year of 1898.
- Ganachery Chocolate Shop: The Ganachery Chocolate Shop used to be Disney Springs' sole apothecary shop. The shop was later purchased by a South American couple who outfitted it into a chocolate shop.
- Paddlefish: The Paddlefish is a steamboat docked in Disney Springs' landing. It is a three-story vessel with dining-services and lounges within it.
- Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar: This building was an airplane hangar constructed in 1948 by aviator Jock Lindsey who settled in the town to find a good tropical home for his pet snake Reggie. He went on to use this bar as the headquarters for his own airplane operations and many adventures with archaeologist Indiana Jones. In 1955, Jock opened the hangar up into a bar.
- Maria & Enzo's Ristorante: This Italian restaurant was once the Art-Deco Springs Air Terminal of Trans-Global Airways which had connection to bootlegging in the town. While it was popular in the 1930s, alternative services caused a decrease in the terminal's business. The Italian immigrant couple Maria & Enzo who previously ran a bakery in the terminal wound up purchasing the building to turn it into a dining-service.
- Morimoto Asia: Morimoto Asia is an asian restaurant built from the bottling plant which harvested fresh-water to sell from the springs.
- Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas:
- Pizza Ponte: Pizza Ponte was a pizzeria run by Maria and Enzo before they opened their ristorante.
- Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant:
- STK Steakhouse: This steakhouse was built from an out-of-use railroad station which was utilized by the Springs Rail Line that passed through the town.
The market-place was largely developed in the 1930s with American style craftsmanship.
- B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co.: This is a meat oriented dining-service which was founded in 1933.
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: This Boutique is one of several owned by a fairy known as the Fairy Godmother and run by her godmothers in training.
- Dockside Margaritas: Dockside Margaritas is a margarita-stand built from the remains of a 1960s citrus-fruit stand.
- The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane:
- Earl of Sandwich:
- Goofy's Candy Co.: Goofy's Candy Company is a candy-brand sold named for, using the likeness of and run by the character of Goofy. The backstory behind this brand and location is that Mickey Mouse encouraged Goofy to open up his own candy-shop in the sleepy town. It also reveals Goofy himself is a, "Master of Candy Science" as deemed by the University of Candy Science and Walt Disney.
- Marketplace Snacks:
- Rainforest Cafe:
- Starbucks Coffee:
- Twenty Eight & Main: Twenty Eight & Main is a menswear apparel shop which was established by the Walter & Elias menswear in 1928.
- World of Disney: This building was one of two locations bought by the Walt Disney Company to serve as a new studio as a means of avoiding bustling California. The other one of these locations was in Northern California in the area of, "Downtown Disney". This building hosted esteemed animators such as Marc Davis.
Town Centre is the original area to have been settled in Disney Springs. Its architecture is largely Spanish and was created in the 1920s.
- Blaze Pizza: This pizza parlour was built from the remains of the Buena Vista Timber Company's lumber mill.
- Chicken Guy!: Chicken Guy! is a quick-service restaurant run by auteur celebrity-chef Guy "The Boss of Sauce" Fieri. The logo for this restaurant is the genius mayor of Flavortown himself in the form of a chicken wearing sunglasses.
- Daily Poutine Gourmet Frites:
- D-Luxe Burger: D-Luxe Burger is a dining-service which is built from the cabin of the cattle ranchers who originally settled Disney Springs.
- Frontera Cocina:
- The Polite Pig: The Polite Pig is a barbecue restaurant constructed from the town's first farmer's market.
- Sprinkles: Sprinkles is a bakery in Town Centre which is in a building that used by the Spring water ice works.
- Water Tower: The Water Tower is the icon of Disney Springs and was created in the 19th century.
- Welcome Center:
West Side was created in 1950 as part of a town expo.
- Aerophile: The Aerophile is a helium-balloon along the docks of West Side created by the Paris-based company Aérophile S.A..
- AMC Movie Theater:
- Cirque du Soleil:
- House of Blues:
- The Smokehouse:
- Star Wars Galactic Outpost: This is a shop which sells artifacts and merchandise from the Star Wars film franchise.
- Super Hero Headquarters: This area is an outpost for the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division AKA S.H.I.E.L.D. which is an affiliate of super-hero groups such as The Avengers.
- Planet Hollywood Observatory
Disney Springs was founded in the 1800s when a cattle rancher discovered the natural water-feature of Disney Springs. Around 1888, the town was visited by the couple Elias and Flora Disney who had gotten married in Central Florida. The town was largely Spanish and grew around the springs in what would come to be Town Centre by the 1920s.
In the 1930s, the town began developing its market-place leading the Walt Disney Company establishing an animation studio in the town. In 1938, the town was visited by archaeologist Indiana Jones and his aviator Jock Lindsey who were searching Florida for the legendary Fountain of Youth. In 1948, Jock Lindsey moved to the town and had an airplane hangar constructed for himself. Lindsey became close with the town's mayor but was considered mysterious by the locals due to his globetrotting adventures and membership within the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
In the year 1950, Disney Springs created the neighbourhood of, "West Side" as part of a town expo. In 1955, Jock Lindsey along with his affiliated in the Adventurers Club opened up his mysterious hangar to be a functioning bar. By the 1960s, the town was had become deeply intertwined with the Floridian citrus industry. Also in the 1960s, the town became involved in the, "Florida Project" of Walt Disney who had heard about the town from his parents and aimed to create his Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow nearby it.
Appearances and allusions
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
Disney Springs resident Jock Lindsey is a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
Disney Springs replaced the area of Pleasure Island which held the Adventurers Club restaurant. There are many references to the Adventurers Club in Disney Springs as a result. Among the Lost and Found items within the club is a passport belonging to Samantha Sterling, a member of the Adventurers Club. Members of the Club can also be seen in a photograph taken on the bars opening night. The statue Babylonia from the club is within Jock's collection of artifacts. There is also a wooden carving depicting to sailors unloading the Empress Lilly in the Boathouse restaurant. In the Edison restaurant is a cocktail named, "The Samantha Sterling", named for the Adventurers Club member.
During the Holiday seasons, a poster in Disney Springs is hung up for the Florida company, "Bunny, Bubbles and Buelah's Beautiful Bonnets". Bunny, Bubbles and Buelah are all characters from the Country Bear Jamboree. In Twenty-Eight and Main in the Marketplace Co-Op is a pair of moose antlers with a plaque which reads, "Max, Buff, & Melvin's Stuffing & Mounting Crafting Characters. Est. in 1971".
A poster for the Dino Institute found along the Christmas Tree Trail has a message from employee Dr. Seeker that is asking for assistance in finding the iguanodon Aladar's whereabouts (implying that it is around Disney Springs). The message also conveys that he is keeping the iguanodon's escape a secret from Dr. Marsh.
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: In Twenty Eight and Main, the blue-prints for the Nautilus are hung on a shelf.
- Aladdin: The kingdom of Agrabah is one of the destinations mentioned on the flight-board as connecting to Disney Springs. During the Holiday seasons, a poster for, "Red Carpet Airlines" can be found promoting travel to the kingdom.
- Alice in Wonderland: Wonderland is a destination listed on the flight-board.
- The AristoCats: There is woodwork made to resemble Marie from this film found in the AristoCrêpes dining-service.
- Big Hero 6: The city of San Fransokyo is mentioned on the flight-board as connecting to Disney Springs.
- Cinderella: The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is run by the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella and contains several allusions to the story such as a tapestry representing Cinderella's royal family. There are also assorted references to Cinderella along the Christmas Tree Trail including a poster showing Cinderella's mother's dress on an advert for, "Retta's Dressmakers" (a tribute to animator Retta Scott), Cinderella's glass slipper shown wrapped up as a Christmas present in another poster, and her carriage shown on a poster for, "Stroke of Midnight Carriage Repair". On the telephone poles in this area is a, "Found" poster for Cinderella's glass slipper.
- Dumbo: Along the Christmas Tree Trail are circus posters which advertise flying elephant performances.
- The Emperor's New Groove: Kuzco's Peruvian empire, "Kuzcotopia" is mentioned on Disney Springs' flight schedule.
- Frozen: Arendelle is listed on the flight-board as connecting to Disney Springs with its flights being cancelled due to bad weather. There is also a tapestry representing the royal family of Arendelle found in the BibbidiBobbidi Boutique. Additionally on this flight-board is the Enchanted Forest, a location from Frozen II though the board was likely not intended to refer to it in particular.
- The Jungle Book: Along the Christmas Tree Trail is a poster for the, "Dress Bear Necessity Shop" featuring the silhouette of Baloo.
- Lilo & Stitch: A large sculpture of Stitch marks one of the entrances to World of Disney, set in the market-place of Disney Springs, Florida.
- Mary Poppins: The name of The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane is named for the street that the Banks family lives on in this film and has Mary Poppin's umbrella incorporated into its sign.
- Once Upon a Time: The I.D. code in Disney Springs referring to the Enchanted Forest lists, "SB 2011". This means that it was likely the Enchanted Forest on the sign was intended to refer to the Enchanted Forest from the non-canonical ABC series, "Once Upon a Time" which debuted in 2011 and which largely transpired in a town called Storybrooke (SB). It is worth noting that Once Upon a Time is likely non-canonical to the parks (or even film) mythos as its main premise is being a reimagining of a variety of Disney properties.
- The Enchanted Forest has been used to refer to a similar forest in Fantasyland and a geographic location in Frozen.
- Peter Pan: Neverland is mentioned on the Disney Springs flight-schedule and during the holiday season, a poster can be found promoting the, "Second Star to the Right Travel Agency". In Twenty Eight and Main at the marketplace is an advertisement on a shelf for the London company, "Tick-Tock Watch and Clock Repair". This company is said to have been established in 1911, uses a crocodile with a clock in its logo and is identified as being run by one, "JBH", these being the initials of James Bartholomew Hook. Tinker Bell is also shown to inhabit the World of Disney and magically manipulate artwork and ink within it.
- Pete's Dragon: A plane arriving in Disney Springs from the town of Passamaquoddy is listed on a board in the town's market.
- The Princess and the Frog: On the Christmas Tree Trail are posters advertising, "Bewitching Bayou Beignets" in an allusion to Princess Tiana's beignets from the film and the bayou outside of New Orleans. Another poster is for the live, "Bug & Gator Jazz Festival" which has the illustrations of Louie and Ray from the film and which indirectly mentions Princess Tiana.
- Robin Hood: Sherwood Forest is mentioned on the flight-board.
- The Rocketeer: Cliff Secord's helmet is on display in Twenty Eight and Main. Cliff is also alluded to on a poster in Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar as having performed with Lindsey in aerial shows at Bigelow's Air Circus.
- Silly Symphonies: B.B. Wolf's Sausage Company is named for the Big Bad Wolf from The Three Little Pigs (1933). The building's weathervane is in the likeness of the Big Bad Wolf and the building being made of brick is an allusion to the story.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: In the Co-Op Marketplace is a board mentioning the town having an airline which connects to Toontown.
- Wreck it Ralph: On the Christmas tree trail are posters advertising Litwak's Arcade.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
The World of Disney was one of two new studios built by Walt Disney with the other having been a bus-terminal used for the Grand Californian.
A flight schedule in the marketplace mentions Disney Springs connecting to, "Progress City" which was Walt Disney's name for EPCOT. Geographically, Epcot and Disney Springs would not be too far from one another in-world. In Twenty-Eight and Main is a wooden sign advertising the Rose and Crown pub of the UK pavilion.
Jock Lindsey makes his home in the Hangar Bar of Disney Springs' landing which served as his headquarters for many adventures with Indiana Jones. There are also several objects from the Indiana Jones franchise located within Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar.
A poster for, "Mme. Leota's Music Lessons from Regions Beyond" is hung along the Christmas Tree Trail.
In the shop Twenty-Eight and Main is a framed illustration of The Congo Queen passing through the jungle.
The 1950s neighbourhood of West Side contains an outpost for S.H.I.E.L.D.. Said headquarters also has bios of several SHIELD/Avengers members, references to Stark Industries technology, and wanted posters for the super-villains Red Skull, Loki, Thanos, Ultron, the Chitauri and Madame Hydra. Stark Industries founder and SHIELD co-founder Howard Stark visited Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar and left his keys behind in the establishment.
A poster for Zermatt, Switzerland featuring the Matterhorn decorates Twenty-Eight and Main. The Matterhorn is also featured on a map on display in the same store.
Mickey Mouse Universe
In the Co-Op Marketplace is a board mentioning the town having an airline which connects to Toontown and Duckburg. Additionally, this town featured Goofy's Candy Co. which is run by Toontown resident Goofy and the B.B. Wolf Sausage Co. that is themed around The Three Little Pigs (1933).
Along the Christmas Tree Trail are posters advertising a one-night only music-festival in the town of Frogtown Hollow. Said music festival is advertised as featuring performances from Dr. Teeth, his band Electric Mayhem, and the Riverbottom Nightmare Band. Electric Mayhem and Dr. Teeth originate from the Muppet Show where-as the Riverbottom Nightmare Band and Frogtown Hollow both originate from Jim Henson's Christmas special Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977). A less direct reference comes in the same area from a poster for the, "Pig & Frog Candies" company, referencing Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.
The Fountain of Youth which brought Indiana Jones to Disney Springs is notably featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise where it was featured on the Mao Kun map and sought after by Captain Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard. In the marketplace, there is a reference to airlines connecting Disney Springs with Tortuga, an island in Haiti featured as a pirate-haven in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. In the World of Disney, one of the etchings in the animator's table has an illustration of historic pirate Ned Low as drawn by Marc Davis for Pirates of the Caribbean.
There is a mural of the Orange Bird advertising Florida Citrus in Disney Springs outside of Erin McKenna’s Bakery. The mural is intended to be connected to Disney Springs' backstory with said mural being made to look aged. Outside of Dockside Margaritas, there are advertisements for the, "Orange Bird Brand" of citrus hailing from the Sunshine Tree Citrus Groves of Orange County. A figurine of the Orange Bird can be spotted on a shelf in Twenty Eight and Main.
The Robinson family crest is hung in Twenty Eight and Main, notably over a map pointing to the East Indies.
- It is unclear where the town's, "Disney" name came from in-lore. It is possible that it is named for a fictionalized Walt Disney or Disney family.
- Unlike the backstories for other areas in the Disney Parks, the backstory for Disney Springs does not have any apparent core, cast of characters, theme or direction. Critics have suggested this is largely the result of the story existing for the purely functional purpose of tying the long unplanned real world history of construction and expansion of the Lake Buena Vista shopping area into the redeveloped area's new imaginary history of a town redeveloping itself.