Expanding the Magic Kingdom’s “hub” began five months ago and though progress is slow to come by, there has been significant progress at the site since our last update showed the new shrunken Cinderella Castle moat. Now a pair of concrete retaining walls adorn the edges of the construction site and demarcate the new limits of the Cinderella Castle moat and give a grand sense of just how much area is being reclaimed in order to provide Magic Kingdom guests better traffic flow and more viewing pads for the park’s entertainment offerings. Improving traffic flow at the park in particular has been a grandiose effort that has spanned several projects including the infamous Tangled-themed restrooms, the new wider Liberty Square Ramp and of course the New Fantasyland expansion itself that helped to add capacity to the Magic Kingdom.
A pair of concrete retaining walls demarcate the new limits of the Cinderella Castle moat.
The Magic Kingdom’s hub renovations represent a near total overhaul of the area.
The Magic Kingdom’s hub renovations represent a near total overhaul of the area and as such, even with the staggered construction process end up an eyesore for the duration of the construction. The construction wall is adorned with plenty of Disney characters in order to add some life and color to the otherwise monotonous green of the barrier. Disney is even encouraging photo-ops around the construction wall with a dapper Mickey and Minnie framing Cinderella Castle with the accompanying “Disney Side” marketing campaign slogan tie-in. That’s the sort of Pixie-Dust that will have to do for now as the Magic Kingdom hub modernizes to meet the growing demands of the day.