Expect the name Downtown Disney to start fading away. Walt Disney World's shopping and entertainment complex is in the midst of a renovation and retheming, which includes a name change to Disney Springs.
"Starting this month, you may notice the name 'Disney Springs' will begin to appear on guide maps, brochures, roadway signs and other places," a Disney World spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The name change will be phased in, she said, but the Disney Springs moniker will officially kick in at a date to be announced this fall.
The revamped area is based on the look of an early 20th century Florida town. The Disney Springs name already has been spotted in certain uses, including an official seal seen in the decor.
Downtown Disney has been in transition since the nightclubs of Pleasure Island closed almost seven years ago. The Disney Springs plan includes two parking garages, additional retail outlets and new restaurants, including the Boathouse, which opened in April.
Expected to open this fall are Morimoto Asia, a Pan-Asian restaurant, and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, an aviation-themed lounge featuring a pilot character from "Indiana Jones."