Downtown Disney…I mean Disney Springs

Well I visited Disney Springs for the first time last week since the name has been officially changed from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs.  The place is definitely evolving although the Cirque Du Soleil/House of Blues area looks exactly the same.  We first went to see the new parking lot with the lights telling you if there are open spots down an aisle which was cool I guess.  Since I did not have to park the car, I didn’t pay too much attention to it.

We then walked past Disney Quest, which I took a photo of since it is supposed to be disappearing in the next few months or so.  I have only been there twice but I do have a Custom CD to show for one of my times there so I will always have a Disney Quest souvenir.  IMG_3605

We did a quick walk through of Splitsville, which looks awesome.  I will be bowling there on my next trip so I am looking forward to that.  Quick tip: Splitsville is not crowded on a week day morning so if your schedule allows, I would definitely recommend that time slot for bowling.  They still had their Christmas tree up which I thought was interesting.  A few places in Disney Springs still had Christmas or holiday decor up, while we had only seen small remnants of the holidays in Epcot.

 

We headed to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar next to see what it looked like.  Basically to get to the new stores and new restaurants, you just have to keep walking straight in Disney Springs.  You encounter the new chocolate place as well as a sandals place first before continuing on to the new restaurants, many of which are located near Raglan Road.  Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is a neat place, but small.  I bet it is a hopping place at night.  We were there in the morning so it was not crowded and we looked around at all of the different details Imagineers had put into the place.  Anyone know if this guy is from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea but repurposed here?  He looks like he could be…

 

Across from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, I could see Morimoto Asia, another place we will be visiting for dinner on our next trip.  We only had an hour for our next meeting and the group decided I would lead them to a place to eat.  Jock Lindsey’s only has small plates to go with the drinks and we were a bit more hungry.  So, since I have ate at the House of Blues twice before and they have a large menu, we headed there.  Eating there was also a good logistical decision as we wouldn’t have to walk too much after we ate to get picked up for the next meeting.  Instead of having my usual BBQ Chicken Flatbread, I ordered a vegetable pasta dish which had a lot of spinach and pesto.  I ventured out of my comfort zone of plain pasta and ate most of the meal.  The green pasta (covered in spinach) was surprisingly very good and I would probably order it again.  Although I might ask for fewer veggies on it next time!

Blog logistical question: Would you like to hear about Universal or SeaWorld first next week?  Or the Hard Rock Hotel?

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