Almost everyone who tries to experience the Magic Kingdom, especially late into the night, can attest to the issues of overcrowding. Disney has made headway in improving the situation with the additions of New Fantasyland, the Tangled Restrooms and Liberty Square Walkway amongst other smaller projects intended to ease traffic flow. Still none of these confronted problems as dire as those that are present at the Magic Kingdom’s “hub” that serves as the foot traffic juncture into the various lands of the park but also as the main viewing area for the nightly entertainment like the Wishes! fireworks show. After months of work that has seen the Cinderella Castle moat truncated and a large portion of the hub walled off for construction we can report that extensive progress has been made and the installation of thematic elements including beautiful new brown colored lamp posts (marking the continued change of color scheme on Main Street USA from green to brown) have emerged.
The concrete pathways have begun to be poured and generally this first area near Casey’s Corner and The Plaza Restaurant is beginning to take shape. Other areas of Cinderella Castle’s Plaza have seen work as well. Installation of new ornate brown fencing has replaced the much more simple and green fencing of yesteryear. On the west side of Cinderella Castle we’ve seen a heavy trimming of the vegetation that used to reside along the pathway opening up the view into Fantasyland, providing a more open look to Cinderella Castle that will probably become more necessary once the Castle Turrets are installed to replace the existing buildings on either side of the front of the castle. We are hopeful that this area shall begin to open up in phases within the next couple of months but before then you can see in our photos embedded below that we have truly begun to get a better sense of what the new normal for Magic Kingdom’s hub looks like.