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Downtown Disney to add Hyperion Pier

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ORLANDO — A new waterfront district at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will be reminiscent of an early 20th century port city and amusement pier.

Known as Hyperion Pier, the complex will open in 2013. It will include boutiques and restaurants, expanding the dining availability at Downtown Disney by more than 25 percent and replacing the former Pleasure Island. Disney chose the name in part because Hyperion Avenue was the Los Angeles street on which Walt Disney built his first animation studio in the 1920s.

In addition to Hyperion Wharf, numerous other projects are underway at Downtown Disney, including enhancements to the AMC theater complex, which will offer restaurant-style dining with seat-side service beginning in spring 2011. The Lego Imagination Center is planning to remodel from January to April 2011. Once completed, the store will increase in area by nearly 3,500 square feet.

Disney, today announced the plans for “re-imagining” what was once Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney into a new rethemed district called “Hyperion Wharf.”

Pleasure Island closed in 2008 to make way for new shopping and dining experiences. Since then, little activity has been seen around the area, leaving the former clubs dormant. Now Disney has announced they will create an estimated 1,200 new jobs over the next three years to complete the transformation.

Disney is calling the change “a nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier” that will feature “stylish boutiques and innovative restaurants” with “thousands of lights will transform the area into an electric wonderland” at night.

The area’s new name comes from Hyperion, the Greek god of light, as well as the street on which Walt Disney built his first major animation studio.

Dining availability at Downtown Disney will grow by more than 25 percent, according to Disney. In addition to shopping and dining, a lakeside park and enhanced pedestrian walkways will be added.

A closer view of the artwork shows the park decor may be inspired by Disney’s short Silly Symphonies film “Flowers and Trees”:

Other changes to Downtown Disney as part of the project include a renovation of Lego Imagination Center, which will increase by nearly 3,500 square-feet and add new LEGO models outside featuring scenes from classic Disney movies.

The Downtown Disney AMC movie theater will offer a “Concession Stand of the Future” and and Florida’s first “Fork & Screen Theater” – another dining experience.

Construction is scheduled to be completed some time in 2013.


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