Sports & Recreation

Staff Pick

Best Fake Spring 

Disney Springs

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Photo by Rob Bartlett

Disney Springs

Ever since River Country, the first water park on Disney property, closed in 2001, there's been a dearth of manmade water features that mimic nature down in Touristan. But with this year's renovation of Downtown Disney into the all-new, all-different Disney Springs, the Imagineers reinvigorated a vision of fake nature by incorporating the titular "spring" into the lagoon buttressing the former Pleasure Island area. The expertly sculpted faux limestone under clear, blue water looks almost exactly like the real thing. Now tourists won't have to leave Disney property to visit any of our old-school analog springs, and they can save that $6 per vehicle fee to help pay for a $115 steak at the Boathouse. What a time to be alive!

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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