By Peter Covino
If you need another reason to see what’s up at the new and ever-growing Disney Springs, Florida residents can save 20 percent on their bill during the ongoing grand opening celebration.
In addition to new shops and restaurants, during the month of August, along with the official grand opening of Town Center, the other Disney Springs neighborhoods, The Landing, Marketplace and West Side—will feature musical acts, spirited decor and limited-edition treats at select bake shops. The
Music acts will perform from 7 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. in every neighborhood, with music styles ranging from pop, string, jazz, improvised rap, rock and Spanish guitar.
Outdoor venues include Exposition Park, Waterview Park, Sunshine Highline, Springs Overlook and Waterside Stage, a picturesque amphitheater overlooking Lake Buena Vista.
The schedule musical acts to be on the lookout for:
•Chaz Robinson (high-energy pop)
•Black Violin (dynamic string duo)
•Sleeping Sunset (pop)
•I-4 Band (Top 40)
•Siaundra Lewis (contemporary jazz)
•Liam Duncan Trio (acoustic)
•Dayve Stewart (jazz)
•CeCe Teneal (R&B)
•Plus 1 (country)
•Gerry Williams Band (funk)
Also part of the fun are the Living Statues street performers found throughout Town Center Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Florida resident discount is available at the following Marketplace locations: World of Disney store, Tren-D and Once Upon a Toy. The discount is available now through Sept. 5. To receive discount, guests must mention the 20 percent discount promotion and present valid Florida resident ID or annual passholder Card. Restrictions apply.
If you haven’t checked out some of the new shops they include:
•Columbia Sportswear – Drift into the only Performance Fishing Gear shop to offer on-site monogramming.
•kate spade new york – Channel Minnie’s iconic style by exploring an adorable accessories collection designed with her in mind.
•LACOSTE – Build your pin collection at this polo shirt hotspot—it’s the sole location offering signature country pins.
•Sephora – Find your perfect products with state-of-the-art amenities such as Skincare, Color and Fragrance IQ kiosks.
•Tommy Bahama – Summon vacation vibes with apparel, footwear, jewelry and home decor with an island-flair.
•Under Armour Brand House – Measure your speed, jump height, power and reaction time at the OptoJump station on the second floor.
•UNIQLO – Scoop up stylish, affordable and functional basics from this Japanese retailer—it’s the only location in the southeastern United States!
•Vera Bradley – Take advantage of complimentary monogramming—you’ll find 55 different thread colors to choose from, which is more than any other Vera Bradley retail location.
•Zara – Uncover fresh styles all of the time—new items are delivered twice a week!
New dining stops include:
•Aristocrêpes – Feast your eyes on a menu chock-full of sweet and savory snacks.
•B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. – Gobble up an assortment of artisan sausages inspired by The Three Little Pigs.
•Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming – Get your fill of down-home cuisine at this Florida-focused kitchen and shine bar.
•D-Luxe Burger – Dig into gourmet burgers, freshly cut fries and artisanal gelato shakes.
•Frontera Cocina – Impress your taste buds with delicious Mexican dishes created by Chef Rick Bayless.
•Morimoto Asia Street Food – Maximize your exploration time by picking up small bites of popular Pan-Asian fare.
•STK Orlando – Treat yourself to a spectacular night out at this modern steakhouse with an outdoor patio.
•The Daily Poutine – Dip into a classic Canadian dish.
•YeSake – Fuel up at this kiosk offering Temaki hand rolls and refreshing slush drinks.