Almost a year ago, in February 2014, Disney announced some major changes coming to the Hub area near Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom. The expansion will add larger viewing locations to accommodate more guests for fireworks and other entertainment, and also add landscaping and gardens that are reminiscent of the European castles’ grounds. When everything is all said and done, an extra “ring” of sidewalks and pathways will have been added, which should greatly reduce congestion in the area and allow for more guests to view the fireworks and parades from these prime locations. Outdoor seating areas for the popular Main Street U.S.A. restaurants Casey’s Corner and The Plaza are also going to double in size.
Both day and night parades will now be viewed from Town Square by the flagpole (maybe this will change when all construction is completed?). Beginning 2/27/15, the Fastpass+ viewing area for fireworks will be in the new Main Street Plaza Gardens, either in front of Casey’s Corner or in front of the Plaza restaurant.
There have been construction walls up near Casey’s Corner and The Plaza for some time, but this week, walls have been added all around the hub, making the area difficult to get around and extremely unphotogenic.
Notice that big box to the right of the photo below? That’s the Partners Statue, which will be covered for about a month. There are no plans to change the statue itself, but heavy construction will be happening in the area and the box will protect the statue from damage.
New technician booths for the hub shows have been added. These are just temporary. Permanent structures will be added at a later date:
In addition, the crane is up behind the castle through 2/21/15 to remove the holiday lights, so pathways near the castle have been blocked off.
The view from the back of the castle:
The view of construction from the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant:
The multi-phase expansion is set to be completed in 2015, though an exact date hasn’t yet been announced.
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