Environmentalists not happy with Disney Springs name

Disney Springs construction to start next week (May 6)


Surely if you lived in Florida long enough, you have visited one of its many natural springs with their crystal clear water.  Well Disney is currently in the middle of transforming Downtown Disney into its very own Disney Springs.  And some environmentalists are not happy with the new name Disney is giving its shopping district.

The argument with many is that many natural springs are currently being neglected and ignored and need attention while Disney is building a new “fake springs”.

“Disney Springs makes a mockery of Florida’s natural springs and the rural lifestyle it intends to mimic,” said Karen Ahlers, who is the executive director of Florida Defenders of the Environment.

A retired Biologist by the name of Jim Stevenson mentions that he surveyed the land where Disney World was built and mentions that there are no real springs on Walt Disney World property.

Stevenson goes on to mention that what he would like Disney to do is to educate people about real springs and how important they are to the environment.

Disney has long been committed to the environment as many of you know.  This includes a $50,000 donation for the protection of Silver Glen Springs in Ocala National Forest.  Disney also owns  11,500 acres dedicated as a Wilderness Preserve south of Kissimmee.

“Disney Springs and the experience we are creating honors Florida’s rich natural heritage,” Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said in a statement. “We hope that the name will raise awareness of the importance of springs and waterways to Florida’s past and its future.”

What do you think?  Do you think Disney should use the name Disney Springs of there are no actual springs on Disney property?  Or is it really that big of a deal to begin with?

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via Orlando Sentinel



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