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Disney Springs construction begins

WDWtraveler

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Photo update as of Thursday, Jan 29. Scaffolding and tarps now cover the full façade of Morimota Asia restaurant. The south wall facing the parking lot is fully open now during construction.

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WDWtraveler

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Photo update as of Thursday, Jan 29. As reported on Jan 18, the temporary construction "boxes" in the planters near the Harley Davidson store have been removed and reveal two light fixtures with a design not seen elsewhere. Note that the base of the light poles display "Disney Springs" even though this is considered part of West Side.

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WDWtraveler

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Photo update as of Thursday, Jan 20. The Art of Shaving store is probably within days of opening. The windows and door are now visible and the leftmost window has been frosted/etched with the words "Barber Spa." I just happened to be there when a cast member opened the door and the displays are already set up inside.

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WDWtraveler

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Photo update as of Thursday, Jan 29. The shoreline of the Disney Springs river between T-Rex Café and Fulton's Crab House / Portobello's is taking shape. In this view over the construction wall, a concrete retaining wall has been added to create a semi-circular "overlook" located at the Lilly Pad walkway. The first photo is near the Pleasure Island bridge near T-Rex Cafe. The second photo is just to the right of the first photo.

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Note the white pickup in the center of the photo near the bottom of the river.

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Adam N

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Photo update as of Thursday, Jan 29. As reported on Jan 18, the temporary construction "boxes" in the planters near the Harley Davidson store have been removed and reveal two light fixtures with a design not seen elsewhere. Note that the base of the light poles display "Disney Springs" even though this is considered part of West Side.

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I'm obsessed with the lights by Harley because they way the lamp and the top is designed is reminiscent of Planet Hollywood's design with a big ball and metal going vertically up the sides. Idk if that was intentional but that's what it looks like to me. :)
 

wdwmagic

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Photo update as of Thursday, Jan 29. As reported on Jan 18, the temporary construction "boxes" in the planters near the Harley Davidson store have been removed and reveal two light fixtures with a design not seen elsewhere. Note that the base of the light poles display "Disney Springs" even though this is considered part of West Side.

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Remember that the West Side is still a district of Disney Springs - so those lights are on-theme.
 

RayTheFirefly

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I'm still amazed at the scope of work here. I know it's been going on for a while, but it seems like every project in Disney Springs is a huge undertaking. Pretty impressive. I'm a little surprised they want to sink this much money into it.
 

TomHendricks

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Photo update as of Thursday, Jan 20. The Art of Shaving store is probably within days of opening. The windows and door are now visible and the leftmost window has been frosted/etched with the words "Barber Spa." I just happened to be there when a cast member opened the door and the displays are already set up inside.

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Yes!!!! Thats what I was hoping for, Barber Spa. I'm so glad that this AoS will be one, I'll be there in just over a week and if they are open, I'll be going,
 

WDWtraveler

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Photo update as of Friday, Jan 30. The Art of Shaving store has a barber pole installed in the outside corner. A cast member said it would be opening next week. The cast member also said Chapel Hats would open this afternoon, but there are still lots of merchandise boxes all over the floor, so perhaps tomorrow.

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The corner near Apex Sunglasses is open now, no construction walls. This is across from Paradiso 37 and The Hangar.

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Scaffolding and cloth covering have been removed from the end façade of the Chapel Hats building, next to Raglan Road. A new copper trim can be seen at the roofline of the entire building, which matches the copper awnings over Chapel Hats doors.

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WDWtraveler

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does this mean that that walkway in front of Paradiso is now open and clear?
Not sure what you mean by "in front of Paradiso." The uphill street where the Paradiso main entrance has always been, is and has been open for a few months. The Paradiso open deck overlooking the lake is open, but surrounded by construction cloth to hide construction of The Hangar. The "boardwalk" in front of Paradiso's deck and between Paradiso and The Hangar is walled off now. Does this help?
 

RayTheFirefly

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Not sure what you mean by "in front of Paradiso." The uphill street where the Paradiso main entrance has always been, is and has been open for a few months. The Paradiso open deck overlooking the lake is open, but surrounded by construction cloth to hide construction of The Hangar. The "boardwalk" in front of Paradiso's deck and between Paradiso and The Hangar is walled off now. Does this help?
Yeah, thanks! I meant the walkway/street where its main entrance has always been. It was closed for a while, no? Which means that "boardwalk" bypass over the water they built should be going away soon, right?
 
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