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West Side Parking Garage construction

WDWtraveler

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Photo update as of Sunday, April 19. Additional photos of the landscaping installed around the West Side garage pedestrian access building.

The below photo shows the temporary walkway from the parking garage (extreme right side of photo) looking towards the entrance to West Side, behind the pedestrian access building on the left. This street is service access only, with the overhead walkway tall enough to permit semi-tractor trailers to pass underneath. The roadway here is parallel but separate from the current garage entrance. The opposite end of this service road travels under the second pedestrian access building and comes out next to Disney Quest. This service road will be limited access ("gated" perhaps). No taxi stand in this service road area. Taxi stands will probably be outside of this area, in the yet to be developed plaza at the Buena Visa Drive overhead crosswalk and the existing road behind Cirque du Soleil, where this service road opens into.

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An overview of the service road entrance (see pavement arrows on the right) and the temporary entrance to West Side attractions. The plaza for the garage pedestrian access building is almost complete, with some landscaping to be finished and the final corner of the plaza to be paved when the fence is removed (center foreground). In the distance, Disney Springs is taking shape in the old ground level parking area.

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Garage pedestrian access building and plaza landscaping.

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maxairmike

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Honestly, given all the arrows and lanes in that "service road" entrance from the intersection, and how the current garage entrance/exit is structured, it looks to me like the "service" road is likely the garage/lot entrance from that intersection and will take you around to the other side of the garage to enter it or the parking lot on the other side. It looks like the current entrance/exit is designed to really handle outgoing traffic entirely once everything is completed. They wouldn't have 4 lanes with traffic markings like that if the intent is only for service traffic.
 

mm121

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Honestly, given all the arrows and lanes in that "service road" entrance from the intersection, and how the current garage entrance/exit is structured, it looks to me like the "service" road is likely the garage/lot entrance from that intersection and will take you around to the other side of the garage to enter it or the parking lot on the other side. It looks like the current entrance/exit is designed to really handle outgoing traffic entirely once everything is completed. They wouldn't have 4 lanes with traffic markings like that if the intent is only for service traffic.
agreed, no way they would of spent all the money for the access buildings if this was going to be a gated service road

those arrows are either for a taxi stand or valet parking most likely
 

WDWtraveler

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Here is the view of the "service road" parallel to the parking garage from under the walkway of the first pedestrian access building to the second pedestrian access building near Splitsville. Even with the movable planter boxes removed, the road width is only two lanes, just big enough for two semi-tractor trailers. Several openings are along the length of the parking garage for pedestrian emergency exits out of the garage, so I don't think this road will be a major vehicle throughway or entrance. Just my thoughts based on what I see here.

 

halltd

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those arrows are either for a taxi stand or valet parking most likely
From this image, I would agree that this area appears to be a taxi stand or valet parking entrance. I'm guessing most likely taxi stand as there's only a single lane (going West on BVD) that can even turn into this "entrance". Notice that left turns into this entrance from BVD will be prohibited in the future. This appears to mainly be an exit that feeds all exiting traffic towards Disney property and Epcot Center Drive only.

I'll add that you can exit the garage in the lower right corner, go up a ramp, over BVD, and then enter back onto BVD East if you want to head that way.

 
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LL2WDW

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From this image, I would agree that this area appears to be a taxi stand or valet parking entrance. I'm guessing most likely taxi stand as there's only a single lane (going West on BVD) that can even turn into this "entrance". Notice that left turns into this entrance from BVD will be prohibited in the future. This appears to mainly be an exit that feeds all exiting traffic towards Disney property and Epcot Center Drive only.


That map is amazing. I just spent 20 minutes imaging what it will be like to drive in this new area. It gives me one more reason to really appreciate the civil engineering that is involved with this project.
 

WDWtraveler

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Photo update as of Thursday, April 30. The main pedestrian access building to the West Side parking garage will open on Monday, May 4. The final touches for landscaping are being completed. In the below photo, a new construction wall is being added to face the access building plaza. The existing temporary walkway to Downtown Disney between the construction walls will then be behind the new wall as construction expands. The new access building plaza will open directly towards Planet Hollywood and the water fountain plaza in front of AMC Dine-in Theatres.

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Landscaping is also nearing completion at the alternate pedestrian access building between Splitsville and AMC Theatres. With work continuing inside this building, my opinion is this building will open within a few days of the main pedestrian access building.

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articos

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Honestly, given all the arrows and lanes in that "service road" entrance from the intersection, and how the current garage entrance/exit is structured, it looks to me like the "service" road is likely the garage/lot entrance from that intersection and will take you around to the other side of the garage to enter it or the parking lot on the other side. It looks like the current entrance/exit is designed to really handle outgoing traffic entirely once everything is completed. They wouldn't have 4 lanes with traffic markings like that if the intent is only for service traffic.
That section is separate from the entry/exit lanes to the garage, and is a turnaround loop for pick up and drop off by the theater. It accesses both the road between the garage and DD and has a turn-in from the entry road going to the garage. It is not exclusively a service road per se, although it does access the gated service yard areas.
 
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articos

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From this image, I would agree that this area appears to be a taxi stand or valet parking entrance. I'm guessing most likely taxi stand as there's only a single lane (going West on BVD) that can even turn into this "entrance". Notice that left turns into this entrance from BVD will be prohibited in the future. This appears to mainly be an exit that feeds all exiting traffic towards Disney property and Epcot Center Drive only.

I'll add that you can exit the garage in the lower right corner, go up a ramp, over BVD, and then enter back onto BVD East if you want to head that way.

Right, there is a wrong way separated lane that gives access back to BV Dr via the opposite ramp. This will expedite exiting traffic back to Hotel Plaza and Saratoga. Under the entry ramp is the opposite exit roadway heading west on BV Dr from the garage.
 

RayTheFirefly

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I find it interesting that they're still using Downtown Disney everywhere. Are they waiting for everything to be finished before the name change?
 

Slipknot

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The pedestial walkway between AMC and Splitsville was open on Thursday. I'm glad that access to West Side is open again.
 

halltd

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I wasn't overly concerned about the look of the garage (even though I never liked it) until I was at Disney Springs Friday night. When you're walking from the old Pleasure Island section towards the garage, the lighting coming from the garage is absolutely atrocious. It looks like a building still under construction with temp lighting in it but it's all finished lighting. Really disappointing. :(
 
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