Earlier this year, Disney announced plans for a major reworking of the area affectionately known as “the hub.” The hub being central to the Magic Kingdom both literally and figuratively is of vital importance to the most visited theme park in the world. And though we have our reservations about some aspects of the project, there is little doubt that in lieu of more drastic attendance constraining measures, this project is nothing but a necessity. The Magic Kingdom just isn’t built to handle the crowds that it has four decades after its opening. At times it can be a nightmare, one I’ve experienced first hand as Magic Kingdom Cast Members attempt to reign in the overwhelming crowds when the nightly fireworks, parades and more take root in front of Cinderella Castle. Often they resort to shouting and other unseemly measures unbecoming of the Walt Disney Company, in an effort to regain a semblance of order. This is just a glimpse into the issues the Magic Kingdom faces at this all important pinnacle of intersections.
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Magic Kingdom just isn’t built to handle the crowds that it has four decades after its opening.
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The Cinderella Castle Moat no longer completely encircles the hub.
The Magic Kingdom’s Hub renovation can’t arrive soon enough but the project is underway despite the overwhelming crowds of Summer only making a dire situation all the worse. It’s something undoubtedly Disney’s leadership must have considered but were left with few good options. The project that began months ago has now seen considerable progress as the Cinderella Castle Moat no longer completely encircles the hub and in fact large portions near Casey’s Corner and the Plaza Restaurant have been filled in with truck loads of sand. These will help to reshape the hub and provide viewing areas for the Magic Kingdom’s array of nightly entertainment. Most of this work is visible to guests of the Magic Kingdom and it is unsightly but sometimes the price of success is high, enough even to remove the classic moat as you knew it, around the majestic Cinderella Castle.