(UPDATED 11/5/19): Just recently construction permits were filed by Disney for a new pedestrian walkway from the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa over to Disney’s Magic Kingdom which is now in the middle of construction.
In this post we are going to explain about the new walkway Disney is building from the Grand Floridian Resort to the Magic Kingdom and share construction updates as the project progresses. Keep checking for new updates.
If you’ve ever stayed at the Contemporary Resort you know how convenient the walkway is over to the Magic Kingdom, only taking about 10 minutes to get there. A walkway from the Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom would be a great addition for guests who don’t want to wait around for Disney transportation like the monorail.
This has been a request from guests for many years and something that Disney has been in discussion for a long time. There have been some logistical problems regarding the waterways, and guest safety since proposed, but now it finally looks like it’s happening.
Disney has not officially commented on the project, but by now it’s easy to see that a walkway is indeed being built between these properties and construction is full steam ahead. I can’t wait until Disney actually shares the details of the project with us, but for now we’ll keep watching it go up.
In my opinion adding a pedestrian pathway over to the Magic Kingdom would be a great move and something many guests would benefit from. While I do love riding the monorail, the lines at times can be really long or sometimes you just want to go for a nice walk instead. And because of the close proximity it makes total sense.
Since the permits came out about a walking path connecting the Grand Floridian Resort to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the construction has gotten underway and they are making some nice progress on the site.
In the last update we saw construction on the site of the pathway and where the bridge used for the walkway is going to be built. We’ve also been watching the mechanism for the pivot bridge for some time which is being built on the shore right in the lake. This will allow the bridge to pivot back and forth, allowing guests across and boats in and out.
Big shoutout to @Bioreconstruct who always takes the best construction photos around Walt Disney World especially his aerial photos which are amazing. This helps us to see some of the unseen areas of Disney World and the work being done behind the scenes. Let’s look at the latest updates…
We’re continuing to update this post so scroll down for the latest photos…
New Photos 11/5/19:
It’s been a while since we’ve updated the construction on the walkway from the Grand Floridian Resort to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and a key piece of the puzzle has been installed which will make the bride function. Let’s take a look:
Going back to October, this little beauty was installed….this will be the mechanism for turning the pedestrian bridge between Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian:
We’ve seen photos in the last months of workers filling in the foundation for the pivot mechanism, and now it’s covered up.
A current sky-high view of the Magic Kingdom to Grand Floridian Resort walkway project shows the tan bridge deck which will eventually be attached to that pivot point in the water:
Here’s a little better look with the pivot mechanism on the left side. Basically the tan bridge will be attached to that and it will open and close to let guests on foot from one side to the other, and at the same time let boats in and out that need to get through:
A current look at the pivot point shows that it’s been completely filled in and some metal parts for the mechanism have been installed on the top:
It’s being covered with plastic however during bad weather:
Seeing this bridge getting closer and closer to being built is encouraging and I for one can’t wait until it’s done. Once this walkway is completed, it will also allow guests staying not only at the Grand Floridian to pass, but also those at the Polynesian to go through too.
That’s it for this week but stay tuned as we’ll be updating this post regularly with the latest. Keep scrolling down to see the previous installations of the construction on this walkway.
New Photos 9/18/19:
We took a ride on the monorail to get a look at the latest work on the Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom walkway. Riding by we can see the construction site in the distance. The crane is active and moving around lifting materials:
A lot of work going on as the site was very active and full of people:
The steel is in place the same as it was a couple of weeks ago, but there are a lot more vehicles around:
Here you can get a good view of the bridge which will be used by guests to cross the canal currently separating the Magic Kingdom from the Grand Floridian:
The unique thing about this bridge is that it will be a swinging bridge, not a traditional drawbridge you might be used to. The bridge will be installed on a pivot point which will swing the bridge left to right to open and close the opening to the canal to let boats pass by:
Here is where the bridge will be connected and pivot from. That hole at the edge of the canal is where the support for the bridge will be.
Since our last update you can see the hole has mostly been filled in as the construction workers are now able to stand inside and work:
Once installed the bridge will reach the other side here where guests will cross over to the Magic Kingdom:
This path brings you to the Magic Kingdom and some construction vehicles are moving along the path:
The rumor its that a new 5-Star hotel is going in the space between the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom and that’s why Disney is eager to build this bridge now after not having one for 30 years.
This would make sense as there is a lot of real estate still unused along the Seven Seas Lagoon and a new hotel here would be perfect.
This is just a rumor right now but it would be a perfect fit.
Stay tuned as we continue to bring you the latest on this bridge and pathway construction.
New Photos 8/28/19:
This week we got a chance to ride by the construction zone for the bridge which will connect the Grand Floridian Resort and the Magic Kingdom. Work is fast moving right now and there were a lot of workers on the scene.
Here we can see the construction crane in place to move the heave materials for the project:
A closer look will show you the steel beams on the right down by the water and you can see the retaining wall across the way on the other side:
Lots of steel ready to go up:
In front of the crane looks like a
Here is the bridge that will be used to cross the canal:
The bridge has to be able to let boats pass through the canal so it looks like it will swing to some degree to make that possible.
The platform on the right will presumably attach to the bridge, while the hole on the left is going to have concrete poured inside to build the support column.
It’s amazing how they can wall that off from water like that! So cool to see!!
Across the canal is where the bridge will connect and let guests walk across. Right now there is a retaining wall in place:
Guests will then be able to walk this path on the other side of the canal which brings you straight to the Magic Kingdom:
We hope you enjoyed our latest look at the Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom walkway construction update. Stay tuned as we will keep bringing you more soon…
New Photos 8/4/19:
Things went from rumors to full-blown construction on the walking path from the Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom. Right now you can see a big red crane being used for the construction work.
All the materials are in place to build the retaining wall along the water’s edge. Here you can see the crane gathering those materials to put them in place:
This is where the bridge is going to be built which will connect the two sides of land together. The lowest part of the wall is already up and it’s getting gradually bigger:
Here you have an even better view of where the bridge will be crossing over the canal. Markers are in place for the structure:
That’s all for now but keep checking back for more updates on the walkway construction from the Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian. Keep scrolling down for previous updates to see how the work has progressed:
New Photos 7/14/19:
After the permits were filed for a new walkway to the Magic Kingdom from the Grand Floridian Resort, we now have our first look at just where the construction is going to take place.
Here we can see where the walkway is going, including a bridge which will cross over this water canal:
Notice the steel piled up on the right for the retaining wall:
It’s not a huge gap from one side to the other and a bridge will link the two sides nicely.
Next we can see some flag markers in the ground which mark the path of the walkway:
It’s a decently sized pathway, probably about 8-10 feet wide just by eyeballing it:
We’ll continue to keep you updated on the guest pathway from the Grand Floridian as soon as we have any other information…
That’s the latest updates for the Grand Floridian/Magic Kingdom walkway construction. Stay tuned for more updates as they come.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our Walt Disney World Construction Updates page for more updates on all the building projects going on around Disney World as we continue to bring you the latest!
I want to know what you think about a guest walkway being built between the Grand Floridian and Disney’s Magic Kingdom…
- Do you think it’s a good idea?
- What type of design would you like to see?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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