Updated:KISSIMMEE, Fla. —
Channel 9 got a glimpse of possible plans to redesign Downtown Disney, but while Disney is keeping any changes top secret, reporter Mark Joyella found out why an official announcement may be coming soon.
While Disney's not talking, it seems everybody else who follows theme parks is.
The chatter surrounds Downtown Disney, which is set to be rebranded as Disney Springs, according to insiders.
“Obviously they're going to have a big announcement, and I know they're setting up a preview center and getting everything ready,” said University of Central Florida professor Duncan Dickson.
The Disney Springs concept would break Downtown Disney into a series of unique neighborhoods, divided by water or springs.
Recently, Disney fans have been focusing on renderings that were posted to a Disney news website.
Some who've reviewed the renderings said one thing that jumped out was the fact that Planet Hollywood was missing.
It’s led to speculation that Planet Hollywood may be moving, perhaps to the brand new International Drive Live project.
Disney officials have told Channel 9 change is coming, but not because anything's broken.
In a statement, Disney said recent interviews found "eight out of 10 guests said they had a very good or excellent experience at Downtown Disney."
The new plans would be the biggest change for Downtown Disney since it closed Pleasure Island five years ago.