July 2014 Magic Kingdom Construction Update

| July 17, 2014 | 23 Replies

Just when you thought all the construction was done at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, there is a new project going on. Walt Disney World recently announced that they are enlarging the Hub area in front of Cinderella Castle.  Keep reading for photos of the construction related to this project.

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The construction walls are up between the end of Main Street USA and Cinderella Castle. If one of your favorite things to do was enjoy your lunch at Casey’s Corner outside gazing at the Castle, your view will now be blocked.  The good news is that if you are taking a picture down Main Street USA there is nothing that will block your view of the Castle.

They are adding another ring to the hub.  This will allow more room for guests to view the fireworks and parades. The additional walkways should help to cut down on the congestion afterwards also. It is also rumored that the grassy areas will be covered with artificial turf so guests can sit here also.  They are also making a Main Street USA bypass so after these shows it isn’t total chaos as everyone tries to leave Magic Kingdom at the same time.

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The water is still in the moat up near the Castle. The work being done will reduce some of the water areas and you may find some landscaping is missing. The pictures below were taken on the bridge going into Tomorrowland looking toward The Plaza restaurant.

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Here is the other side of the construction on the Casey’s side of the street.

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Here is the view from Casey’s Corner towards the Castle.

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If you are a fan of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority or Astro Orbiter, they are both down for refurbishment. You can view the list of current rehabs here.

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Once you are past the construction, the park is looking great!  You can still have a magical time. See you in the parks!

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  • mikekowalczyk

    I’ll be going end of August, will this all still be under construction then?

    • Kathy Werling

      It will be done sometime in 2015. No exact completion date has been announced.

      • mikekowalczyk

        Thanks for the reply Kathy!

      • Bill

        We usually go twice a year… only once this year. .. With all this work Goin on especially DTD I think we will wait till 2016 when we will entertain a visit again.

  • disneyclarks

    will prices be reduced for the inconvenience?

    • Bill

      LOL. Yeah right.!!!

  • Liz

    Thanks for the update :)

  • MKPixieDust

    disneyclarks – sounds like a good idea, but no, there are no price reductions for the “inconvenience”.

    • Goofy_Guy

      In fact they raised prices during all the construction for the 2nd time in a year?!?

  • pat

    Kathy, great coverage and pictures of the construction. Definitely not the way you expect to see “The Most Magical Place on Earth”. Appreciated your pictures of the Downtown Disney Expansion and so glad you were able to update us on The Magic Kingdom. Your love of all things Disney is so evident whether you are taking your seasonal stroll or covering the latest construction projects because you never approach it negatively. Thanks again for the update!

  • Snauzrgirl

    I’m sure that guests won’t be inconvenienced. That’s not the Disney way. And, if people are concerned about it, they can go when it is done.

  • Goofy_Guy

    Kathy doesn’t go that often, I guess, these walls were up in early June (probably late May)

    • Kathy Werling

      I go to the parks quite often, usually at least once a week.. The blog is in response to several Podcast listeners that wanted an update on the construction

      • Goofy_Guy

        Didn’t mean to offend, I just wanted to point out that the didn’t just go up, Your pictures are marvelous and we all thank you for your wonderful work.

  • Nick Stasiak

    I’m all for reducing prices (particularly seasonally) but in this case the mentioned “inconvenience” isn’t a factor. What is so inconvenient about an improvement project that doesn’t prevent you from doing anything? The undertaking of major and minor construction/expansion/improvement projects is what allows the “Most Magical Place on Earth” continue to be just that.

  • HP

    What’s the deal with not being able to reserve Bibiddi Bobbidi Boutique for January????

    • AK

      Maybe because they are shutting down Cinderellas Royal Table in January till spring for refurbishment? Not sure.

    • Michael

      Is the WOD one still open?

  • J Bunk

    You’re quite a bit late to the party, Kathy. Construction walls have been up since March.

  • Kevin Vance

    Listening to the podcast (which I love) and ready many posts/comments…. I get kinda annoyed. I am one of those once in a lifetime guests that others often feel that they have to speak for (I actually go once every 3-4 years, but for a Disney fan that seems like once in a lifetime)

    When we were here last, New Fantasyland was under construction. Now this year, The Hub, Avatar and Disney Springs is under construction… guess what… I am o.k. with it. I come from a major city, and something is always under construction. I don’t want it to be stagnant. I want the maintenance, I want the development, I want them to be always working on more. I want to see the work, and turn to look at my family and say ” I can’t wait to come back and see that when it’s finished”. Truly excellent development in the parks, and rehab is impossible to hide.

    Pete often says (though not lately) that there is an arrogance among Disney management in the decisions. That they think that they are the greatest, and we can do whatever we want and the people will still come. All of these walls is proof that Disney knows that is has to stay relevant, and it has to keep its parks at their best.

    Last thought… Disney is all about the money. Agreed (and I don’t have a problem with that) but how many developments lately are more closely connected to “guest experience” than driving in more guests. Sure 7 Dwarfs will bring an increase in attendence… will the Hub Expansion. Should we expect to see commercials for the new Ferry Dock?!?!? They are spending money to make the current visitors experience better in the long run… I’m good with a little dust and walls for that goal.

    • Michael

      One wonders if the Magic bands data is influencing some of these decisions like the Hub (Dock and Bus expansion was needed)… ways that are cheaper than a new ride to expand the guest experience by tracking locations of people in the park at certain times.

  • Jeanne

    It would be great if they could do all the maintenance and updating with a wave of Tinkerbell’s magic wand…but alas…that is not the case. I’m just ecstatic that rather than closing down any park completely, they try to keep things going so that visitors can still have a magical experience – green walls and all. To me, that’s part of the charm – it’s always changing and always giving me yet another reason to come back soon (I wish!!)

    • Michael

      I think the parks have only ever shutdown 1 or 2 times and that was because of looming hurricanes… In reality, they HAVE to make it work… the loss of income and laying off or reassigning work staff would be daunting and damaging to them if they shut down a park for an extended amount of time… heck even a few days would hurt.