March 22, 1975 – The Lake Buena Vista Village Opens at Walt Disney World
“…Shopping took on a whole new meaning as the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village…opened.”
On March 22, 1975, the Lake Buena Vista Village area opened at Walt Disney World. The village area was comprised of a few dozen shops around a lagoon, including Toys Fantastique, and The Pottery Chalet. The area has evolved several times, beginning in 1977, when it was renamed Walt Disney World Village and became more focused on being a shopping experience for Walt Disney World guests. In 1984, more attractions and events were added to the area to keep guests of the park on property; in 1986, an area for adults known as Pleasure Island was introduced, and the shopping area was renamed Disney Village Marketplace. In 1995, Pleasure Island was combined with Disney Village Marketplace to become on Downtown Disney area, and was expanded even further with the addition of World of Disney character store and the upgrade of the AMC Theaters. In 2013, it was announced that the area would be expanded again and be renamed as Disney Springs.