I long for the days when Magic Kingdom’s core is as pristine as it normally is. But there is no doubt that with the “hub” expansion the Magic Kingdom theme park has made us all endure some growing pains. Sure now that two of the four main gardens of the hub have re-emerged some have made the faux hub grass their new summer home and that is all well and good, but for me something is still missing and I’m not sure the hub will ever get it back. But that’s the thing about change it’s different. Luckily some different is usually good and the Cinderella Castle’s new spires are almost certainly going to fall into that category once they emerge from behind their construction scrim. Even now the four new towers command a certain mystique and presence in the area that they shall overlook for years and years to come. Millions of photographs and memories later, many will believe it was always this way. And that is the power of Disney to continually reinvent themselves and for that I hold little reservation about because certainly the pursuit of progress should be paramount in the Walt Disney Company and its theme parks.
Even things you’d normally take for granted like a stroll up Cinderella Castle’s grand spiral staircase ramp is now slightly impeded as the east ramp is closed for construction. It is all a bit unseemly and though guests are generally going to dismiss the construction walls and scrim and move along into their joyful vacation it isn’t just me noticing these un-Magic-Kingdom-like-times that have engulfed the park since the start of New Fantasyland construction with little respite since. I overheard a group of visitors walking past Adventureland Veranda’s construction that was going on in plain sight, during park hours, with no effort to cover it up, who felt it did Walt Disney no justice. Now I wouldn’t go as far as to invoke Walt Disney so loosely but there is no doubt that whilst in some areas Disney is doing a masterful job of creating new magic for guests in the future, it must be more careful not to destroy the magic for those enjoying their Walt Disney World vacation which for many could be their first or perhaps only. That being said I can deal with the construction, in fact I welcome it with open arms because it means the Walt Disney Company is re-investing in their theme parks and not letting them wither like we’ve seen with Epcot’s Future World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios that needed consecutive Frozen overlays to help keep attendance afloat and of course Disney’s Animal Kingdom that without the massive reworking currently underway hasn’t been taken seriously by many a Disney fan.
So as another sunset graces Cinderella Castle and its courtyard we are left to dream of the magical future that lay ahead, once everything is completed. It will be a masterful sight because it always has been and will continue to be in a more refined fashion. With new spires that draw the eye to the unmistakable beauty of Cinderella Castle and larger sidewalks that give guests a bit more freedom of movement as the Magic Kingdom crowds continue to grow in the years to come. Cinderella Castle will once again preside over the hub in all its grandeur and wonder, unmatched in the world of theme parks. That is of course until Shanghai Disneyland opens in 2016, then all bets are off but that is a story for another time. At this time it is all about the Magic Kingdom and a most exciting milestone because all of Cinderella Castle’s spires are in place, awaiting their day in the spotlight, their chance to make your Disney dreams come true.