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Vibrant Waterfront District Among Plans For Downtown Disney
New Dining and Entertainment Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort Will Offer Expanded Options for Groups and Meeting Attendees

A new waterfront district is coming to Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Called Hyperion Wharf, it will offer a nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20 th-century port city and amusement pier. The district is part of previously announced plans to introduce more one-of-a-kind experiences to Downtown Disney, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex that has long been popular with meeting attendees. Combined, the projects are expected to create an estimated 1,200 new jobs over the next three years.

The bustling new port district will draw guests in with stylish boutiques and chic restaurants. Come nightfall, thousands of lights will transform the area into an eclectic wonderland from a bygone era. Of special interest to meeting professionals and attendees, the diverse eateries coming to Hyperion Wharf will expand dining availability at Downtown Disney by more than 25 percent. The wharf district takes its name from Hyperion, the Greek god of light. The name also has historical Disney significance. Hyperion Avenue was the Los Angeles street on which Walt Disney built his first animation studio in the 1920s.


“Hyperion Wharf will offer a vibrant atmosphere and experiences that are ideal for meeting and convention attendees,” said George Aguel, senior vice president for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “Whether they’re looking for a great place to dine or to enjoy live music, Hyperion Wharf will provide the perfect setting for relaxing when meetings are over.” In addition to “Hyperion Wharf,” numerous other projects are underway at Downtown Disney, including:
  • Enhancements to the AMC theater complex, which will take the movie-going experience at Downtown Disney to the next level with new digital technology, a paradigm-shifting Concession Stand of the Future and Florida’s first Fork & Screen Theater;
  • Numerous new or renovated retail shops and merchandise vignettes, as well as additional atmosphere entertainment throughout Downtown Disney.
Combined, these projects are expected to create an estimated 600 construction jobs, 500 restaurant, retail and entertainment jobs and support 100 vendor and supplier jobs. To learn more about bringing a meeting or event to the Walt Disney World Resort, visit or call (321) 939-7221.
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