Some sweet changes are in the works at Disney Springs, the shopping and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World known until 2016 as Downtown Disney.
The venue's West Side will be the new home for Mars Retail Group's experiential M&M's World store, which is relocating from an Orlando mall. Set to open later this year, the store is one of only five in the world, with the others in New York, Las Vegas, Shanghai and London.
Mars has been making the colorful, button-shaped candies since 1941.
Also scheduled to debut on the West Side this year is a new collaboration between Disney and Cirque du Soleil, to be called "Drawn to Life." The drama follows the story of a girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her late father: an unfinished animation piece. Guided by a surprising pencil, she embarks on "an inspiring quest sprinkled with her Disney childhood memories," according to Disney.
Previews for the new show begin on March 20, with opening night scheduled for April 17. Tickets range from $67 to $95 each, depending on the dates.
"Drawn to Life" is the first Cirque show at Disney since the long-running Cirque mainstay La Nouba closed in 2017.