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Sidewalk Expansion Behind Cinderella Castle in Disney’s Magic Kingdom – Update September 2019

(UPDATED 9/13/19): This is a Pathway Expansion behind Cinderella Castle Construction Update for September 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 to improve guest flow.

Today we’re looking at the process of the sidewalk expansion going from Fantasyland to Liberty Square, which is NOW OPEN to the public! The moats surrounding Cinderella Castle are Now Filled, however, the trees and landscaping are still being worked on. The new walls though are in place and the concrete poured and ready for guests to use the new walkway.

We’re also going to show you the difference in the pathway and how it looked before and now.

In the latest update we can see the moat is filled back up all the way around Cinderella Castle, while work is still being done to the outside of the wall and the landscaping going on around the wall.

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…

We’re continuing to update this post so scroll all the way down for the latest photos…

(Original Post 3/21/19):

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:

Cinderella Castle moat in Disney's Magic Kingdom

And now here’s the castle:

pathway behind Cinderella Castle construction update march 2019

Here’s another angle of the moat from the front how it’s usually filled with water in front of Cinderella Castle:

Cinderella Castle moat in Disney's Magic Kingdom

And now it’s bone-dry…

pathway behind Cinderella Castle construction update march 2019

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…?

pathway behind Cinderella Castle construction update march 2019

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:

pathway behind Cinderella Castle construction update march 2019

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:

pathway behind Cinderella Castle construction update march 2019

It already looks a ton better as most of the hard work is done to the moat:

pathway behind Cinderella Castle construction update march 2019 dried out 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:

pathway behind Cinderella Castle construction update march 2019 stakes for walkway

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:

pathway behind Cinderella Castle construction update march 2019 stakes in the ground

Here is an aerial shot from Google Maps which shows where the pathway will go from Liberty Square to Fantasyland:

pathway widened behind Cinderella Castle magic kingdom

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.

(PHOTOS 4/21/19):

Since out last look at the pathway behind Cinderella Castle about a month ago, we’ve gone from stakes in the ground to foundations being installed in preparation for the widening. Let’s look at the latest photos:

Here we can see the moat around Cinderella is still drained, though it’s a lot cleaner than last time:

Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom moat

These Cherry Pickers are hidden away from the view of most guests under the bridge going to Tomorrowland. They are used in overnight maintenance for various projects in the area.

Now let’s get over to the other side and see the foundations for the new pathway being installed:

Update for Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom April 2019

Before this area was mulch and bushes but all that has been cleared out and the construction lines marked with stakes:

Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom update April 2019

You can see the wood forms which will be used in pouring the concrete are going up:

Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom update April 2019

This photo is even newer and they are even farther ahead in the forms installation. It looks like steps are being built down to the level of the moat, most likely for easy access to maintenance:

foundations in place for Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom
close look at foundations for Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom

(PHOTOS 4/29/19):

Magic Kingdom Walkway Cinderella Castle Update April 2019

Work is carrying on quite fast for the new walkway and while the small beginnings of the new wall were seen last week, it’s much clearer now where the wall is going to go out to:

Magic Kingdom Walkway Cinderella Castle Update April 2019 wooden forms for concrete

It almost looks like they are building an area which will be enclosed by this new wall. It also looks like steps are going down to it in the above picture.

Here is a better look at the outside wall. Rebar has been placed and concrete will be poured in between:

Magic Kingdom Walkway Cinderella Castle Update April 2019 forms installed

Here is a better look at the steps:

Magic Kingdom Walkway Cinderella Castle Update April 2019 concrete forms

Up a little bit going towards Fantasyland you can see where the concrete forms have been placed which will widen the walkway. From this view it looks like it will be a good 5-6 feet wider than before, which is more than I was anticipating:

Magic Kingdom Walkway Cinderella Castle Update April 2019 concrete being poured

It should be fantastic for guest flow once complete!

(PHOTOS 5/6/19):

It’s amazing how quickly things change in a matter of a week, but already we’re seeing steps being poured and the retention wall going up as part of this project. Let’s check it out…

Last week we saw the forms for the retention wall go up, but now we can see that it’s been poured too:

Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom May 2019 retention wall concrete

You can see the cement in between the wooden forms, and it looks pretty fresh too!

Just down a bit and from the opposite angle we can see the concrete steps where the forms were last week have now been poured and the steps are in place:

Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom May 2019 concrete steps going down

I’m not sure just exactly why they needed the stairs but they will most likely be used for maintenance, giving easier access to the moat:

Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom May 2019 concrete steps

Down even further we see more forms which outline the future width of the pathway:

Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom May 2019 forms for pathway

It looks like a solid 4-5 feet are being added which is great news! Keep checking back for more updates as the month goes on…

(NEW PHOTOS 6/9/19):

A whole month has gone by and we can really see the pathway next to Cinderella Castle taking shape, let’s look…

Going towards Liberty Square from the Magic Kingdom Hub we can see the side of the pathway widening and the moat which is still drained:

Cinderella Castle Pathway Expansion Magic Kingdom side of the moat

What a difference from our last look at the sidewalk, it’s drastically wider than it was before and it looks like it’s almost being doubled in size!

Here you can see the concrete walls in place now with the wood forms mostly gone and only the concrete left:

Cinderella Castle Pathway cement wall

It looks like they have some lights setup down below so they can work through the night. Now that the concrete wall is up on the edge, we’ll see how they deal with the remaining brick wall behind it. I don’t know if they are tearing it down or just filling in between the two walls and destroying the top part.

It will be interesting to see in the next few weeks:

Cinderella Castle Pathway widening Magic Kingdom

Also as you can tell the moat surrounding Cinderella Castle is still drained, and some people have been wondering when that will be filled up again. My guess is they can’t until the wall is totally done because they are using the moat for access to move construction materials and equipment.

(NEW PHOTOS 6/24/19):

A couple more weeks have gone by and lots of work done on the pathway next to Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. In the last weeks we’ve seen more of the walls go up to where the edge of the new walkway will go and here is the latest look:

Here we get a shot from the Cinderella Castle side looking out over the still dry moat surrounding the castle and the wall which is almost finished:

View of the moat in Magic Kingdom during the pathway widening

There is still scaffolding up along the big wall close to the bridge, and wood forms still in place from the freshly poured concrete:

behind the Cinderella Castle walkway construction

It however does give us a definitive look at just how wide the new pathway is going to be when finished and there are a few feet in width being added. Lots of equipment is out and it looks like most of the work is being done at night when the guests are gone:

machines used to widen pathway near Cinderella Castle in magic Kingdom

(NEW PHOTOS 7/2/19):

Only just over a week has gone by since our last look at the new sidewalk expansion being down to the pathway near Cinderella Castle from Fantasyland to Liberty Square. However we can now see where the final walls lay and the brick/stonework that’s soon to be installed on them. Let’s take a look:

Here we get a nice look at the wall up next to the moat:

Sidewalk Expansion Cinderella Castle Magic Kingdom

As you can see the wood forms have been taken off the outside of the walls which means that’s hardened up nicely and ready for the next step:

Side Wall Magic Kingdom Sidewalk expansion

I don’t know if it will be brick or stone, but the outside of the wall is going to be laid with one of the two, similar to the wall it borders going up to Cinderella Castle.

scaffolding around wall for sidewalk expansion Cinderella Castle

Wire lath is being installed which is prep for the coming face of the wall:

Close up of new wall for sidewalk expansion

So now that the outside wall is in place and ready for final touches, we should start seeing the old wall behind that destroyed soon and the gap filled in. Once that happens the pavement can be done and the sidewalk reopened.

(NEW PHOTOS 7/14/19):

Less than a couple weeks ago we saw the new outside walls installed on the sidewalk expansion from Fantasyland to Liberty Square. Now this week we are taking a look at the brick and stonework that is already starting to be installed on the wall, as well as the old wall knocked down.

Looking over at the newly expanded sidewalk, the first thing you notice is the concrete sidewalk has been torn up and the whole thing has been covered over with dirt:

Magic Kingdom Sidewalk Expansion Progress July 2019

A closer look also reveals that the old outside wall (which was in the middle of the new outside wall and the far wall by the bushes) has been destroyed and the gap that was left is now being filled in.

This is a good step because it means that once that space is filled in, they can repave the entire new sidewalk.

Now let’s look at the facade of the wall:

Magic Kingdom Sidewalk Expansion  July 2019 wall facade

Scaffolding is still up and the stone facade is being installed on the wall.

The whole wall is not going to be exactly the same and a bit further down the wall you see a section that is being covered over by brick:

Magic Kingdom Sidewalk Expansion July 2019 wall bricks

(NEW PHOTOS 8/4/19):

Last time we checked out the construction for the wider pathway near Cinderella Castle, the walls were just going up and brick starting to be laid on them. Now as we look at it just a few weeks later it’s incredible to see how far they’ve come:

Cinderella Castle walkway Magic Kingdom Update August 2019 new brick wall

Scaffolding is still up on the outside of the wall but all the brick has been lain on the top half of the wall now. Look at that beautiful red color.

Not only is the top done but most of the bottom portion of the wall is done too, which is done in a grey color instead.

Brick wall Cinderella Castle walkway Magic Kingdom Update August 2019

From the brick it transitions over to stone once you get towards the Liberty Square end of the walkway. That too is just about finished being put up:

stone wall for Cinderella Castle walkway Magic Kingdom Update August 2019

That’s pretty much it for this week, but every day gets us closer and closer to the end of the project!

No word yet on when exactly the walkway is going to be reopened, but seeing as they’re almost ready to fill in the gap and pave a new sidewalk, means that we don’t anticipate the pathway to be closed for a super long time. Maybe another month at most imo, but don’t quote me on that! 😉 We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

(NEW PHOTOS 8/28/19):

To our delight we found the newly-widened pathway NOW OPEN on our most recent visit to the Magic Kingdom. We’re excited to take a walk on it so let’s see how it looks!

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019  outside of wall

The first thing you notice when walking close is the moat still empty and the construction equipment parked there.

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 working on walls

As you can see the walls holding up the pathway are pretty much finished and there are two different styles of walls: brick and stone. The reason for this is thematic because the area where the brick wall is is still Liberty Square and during the colonial times they would have used bricks to build such walls.

Going towards the castle though is closer to medieval times and they would have used big stone blocks. It’s the thematic touches like this that I really appreciate when visiting the parks!

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 walls

I don’t know why, but that door is being painted BLUE!!

painting blue door magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019

Further up the wall some painting is being done to the wall:

workers on wall for magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019
magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 trees

Obviously there is still a lot of landscaping to be done too with new grass and more trees needing to be planted:

trees magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019

Look at the trees:

landscaping for magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019

Until all the work on the walls and the landscaping is done, the most needs to stay drained on this side of the castle:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 moat
magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 moat closeup

That equipment is used to carry materials back and forth making it much easier on the workers:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 equipment in moat

You can see the point where the moat is being held back still. Pretty cool stuff:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 moat held back

It’s also being held from the castle side:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 moat under the castle

Here is a better view of the freshly laid brick wall. I love the color, very bright and just pops:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 outside of brick wall
magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 outside of brick wall

Here it is from up on the pathway itself:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 brick wall

Now let’s head over to the stone side:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 lower wall

These stones are also freshly laid, and the color on them is also bright:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 low wall

Some nice metal decoration on the top of the wall too:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 wall

Ok, enough looking at it from a far, let’s take a walk on the pathway:

wide pathway at magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019

It’s so much wider than before, and you especially feel it at the beginning of the walkway.

It’s funny, walking up the pathway, it just looks right. I mean it’s hard to imagine that it was so much smaller than this before, because this width just feels natural:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 walkway

It’s a lot more spacious than before and you can easily get 3 strollers wide, if not 4:

magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 pathway
magic kingdom cinderella castle walkway update august 2019 enlarged pathway

We’re happy the walkway is back open once again. The whole project isn’t over yet so we’ll keep you posted on how the rest of the wall and land scaling are coming in the following weeks. Stay tuned…

(NEW PHOTOS 9/13/19):

We’re back in Disney’s Magic Kingdom to take another look at the newly widened sidewalk, when we noticed something strange:

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom

The moat has been filled back up where it had been empty for months:

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom new pathway

Looking towards the Adventureland side of the moat you can see the dam that once was holding back all the water is still in the moat, however all the water has been filled back into the area to the right were it had been

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom dam

The ducks aren’t phased and have made their new home on top of the plastic:

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom ducks on top of dam
Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom Ducks

A look to the right of that and it’s all filled up. Al you have to do is scroll up to our previous update on this story and the right side was bone-dry!

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom
Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom bridge

Let’s peak around the corner and see Cinderella Castle:

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom

Here is the famous newly widened walkway which is now filled with guests:

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom new walkway

I have to say the level of the water looks weird against those doors. I mean is it supposed to look like water is rushing in there??

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom blue doors

Wow, Cinderella Castle looks sooooo much better with a full moat of water next to it:

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom side view

The whole moat is filled, all the way back to the previous side where the dam is

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom

But you can see the plastic sheets from the where the water was being held back before:

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle
Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom dam

Finally things are starting to look back to normal here and we don’t have to stare at the ugly cement bottom anymore!

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom next to Cinderella Castle

It looks like since the moats have been filled and all of the heavy equipment is out of there, most of the landscaping has been finished and is now ready to go.

Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom hedges and plants
Cinderella Castle Moat Filled in Magic Kingdom flower beds

Things are almost wrapped up on this project, but we’ll fill you in on the remaining updates as they happen.

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!

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TITA

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Thank you very much for the information!

Amber

Tuesday 17th of September 2019

Thanks for providing this detailed and updated post! I just found out about the walkway change today! I was nervous the construction would still be in process by my trip. You've alleviated my concerns!

Also, at this time, a lot of your images have a broken image icon. May want to check your media library out. This post ranked 1st for my search on google, so I'd hate to see you get marked down for "bad" files. Also, I'd want to know if one of my posts had UI issues. :)

Johannah

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

Do you think this will impact the seating area for Sleepy Hollow restaurant? I always liked sitting at those tables next to the railing to look at the castle!

Ziggy

Wednesday 24th of April 2019

Hi Johannah, thanks for commenting. No I don't think that area will be touched, but I'll keep an eye out on it for you!

Miguel

Monday 22nd of April 2019

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Marion

Sunday 21st of April 2019

Should elevate some bottle necking. Love moving traffic, Sounds great.

Ziggy

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

Thanks for the comment Marion! Yeah let's hope it does just that, as that space is super crowded all the time!