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.