This is a Pathway Expansion behind Cinderella Castle Construction Update for March 2019 in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Recently we shared with you Disney’s plans to make the walkway going from Fantasyland, behind Cinderella Castle and down to The Hub wider. A boring, but important project for guest flow.
Today we’re looking at how the moats surrounding Cinderella Castle have been drained too be cleaned and also in preparation of this expansion, and the sidewalks marked off to be made bigger. We’re also going to show you the difference in how it looked before and now.
Big thanks as usual to @Bioreconstruct who is the best at taking construction photos from around the parks, especially the aerial ones! You can get an inside look at all the projects going on in Disney World. Let’s take a look…
So just to give you an idea of how the moat around Cinderella Castle usually is, here’s a shot of what it normally looks like:
And now here’s the castle:
Here’s another angle of the moat from the front how it’s usually filled with water in front of Cinderella Castle:
And now it’s bone-dry…
One reason for draining the moat is for the construction to be done on the walkway leading from Fantasyland, but another is just a regular cleaning of the moat which must be done periodically.
Just look at how dirty it gets with all that algae and crud that seeps to the bottom. And don’t get me started on the smell either…😱
Disney is using a drainage system quite similar to the one they used to drain the water around Tom Sawyer’s Island a few months ago when they replaced the tracks at the bottom for the Liberty Square Riverboat refurbishment. You can see here how the water is being backed up in order to drain the moat:
This was a few days ago before it became completely dry, but again you can see how dirty it gets and why it must be drained from time to time:
It already looks a ton better as most of the hard work is done to the moat:
No getting back to the construction of the walkway going to Fantasyland behind Cinderella Castle. Here we can see stakes have already been placed in the ground on the walkway alongside the moat:
From this angle we can see just how much more the sidewalk is going to be extended once construction begins. It looks like a good couple feet from here. That may not sound like a lot, but it will definitely give more elbow space along the narrow sidewalk:
Here is an aerial shot from Google Maps which shows where the pathway will go from Liberty Square to Fantasyland:
Once this walkway is finished it will be a major upgrade for guest flow through that area of the Magic Kingdom which gets blocked up often.
No word yet on when the walkway is going to be closed, but seeing as they already have the stakes in the ground it doesn’t look like it’s going to be long, maybe in the next weeks. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more.
Be sure to check out our Construction Updates page for Disney World for more updates on all the projects going on around property as we continue to bring you the latest!
I want to know what you think about the walkway behind Cinderella Castle construction…
- Do you think this is a good investment?
- What other places in the Magic Kingdom need better guest flow?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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