(UPDATED 8/4/19): Just recently we found out that construction permits were filed by Disney for a new pedestrian walkway from the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa over to Disney’s Magic Kingdom is being planned for 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 confirmed a pathway being built between the Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian, but if they have filed for permits, there is a really good chance the project gets built. No word yet on the details of the project, but a bridge will be necessary for the walkway.
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 it looks like they are making some nice progress on the site.
In the last update we saw construction starting on the site of the pathway and where the bridge used for the walkway is going to be built. Now we see actual forms being put into the lake which will hold the support columns for the bridge.
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 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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