The Magic Kingdom’s Central Plaza otherwise known as “the hub” continues its slow and steady march towards a transformation that will expand the avenues for pedestrians and create large spaces for firework viewing at the Magic Kingdom, all with the eye for easing the foot traffic congestion we’ve grown accustom to. Our last visit to the construction site showed a Magic Kingdom that was devoid of its waterways and therefore just wasn’t the type of experience you’d want at the Magic Kingdom especially if it was someone’s first visit. And though the hub is far from being the pristine and beautiful locale we all treasure, at least the Cinderella Castle moat has returned bringing some life back to the area.
With the moat comes the creation of a dam that will allow for the construction in the areas of the moat that will be reclaimed as part of this project, namely in front of The Plaza Restaurant and Casey’s Corner. Other notable construction updates include the completion of the removal of the former Swan Boats dock and for Disney popcorn lovers everywhere, the relocation into temporary bastions of buttery freedom on the main path leading to Adventureland and on the east, the path that leads towards the Mad Tea Party attraction. Though we have some reservations about the overall project at this point, there is no doubt that some of it is necessary especially as New Fantasyland has allowed for the Magic Kingdom set capacity to increase and place heavier and heavier burdens on the infrastructure that can’t always handle this sort of volume.