UPDATE: On November 20, 2020, Disney World officially opened the walkway to the Magic Kingdom. Guests can now walk from the Magic Kingdom to the three monorail resorts (Contemporary, Grand Floridan, and Polynesian).
Let’s walk this way! No, Steven, we’re not talking about Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, we’re talking about a new walkway to the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World offers a variety of transportation methods, from buses to boats and monorails, and soon the new Disney Skyliner. One of our favorite methods for getting around Disney World is walking. We’ve laced up our cross-trainers, let’s walk this way to the Magic Kingdom!
It’s All Started With A…
A mouse of course! Happy 90th birthday Mickey and Minnie! When we’re talking about a walkway to the Magic Kingdom from the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resorts, it started with a brick. In Disney’s original plan the walkway connecting the famed resorts to the Magic Kingdom would be called Disney’s Walk Around the World, and use bricks purchased by guests. Each purchased brick was personalized to include guests’ names, dates, and the option to choose one of four images.
In 1999 the project was put on hold, as Disney World shifted focus to the Leave A Legacy project located in Epcot’s Spine. At this time the majority of the purchased bricks were located in front of the Magic Kingdom park entrance, with others located at the Transportation and Ticket Center. The project was not completed, and in March of 2019 Walt Disney World announced the bricks would be removed.
Passholder Insights: Using the walkway from the Magic Kingdom to Bay Lake Tower and the Contemporary Resort is a great way to take a break from the hot afternoon sun.
Good Ideas Never Leave
All great ideas at Walt Disney World are never gone for good. Shortly after Disney announced the removal of the Disney’s Walk Around the World bricks, construction began on what is rumored to be a walkway to the Magic Kingdom. According to Jim Hill from Jim Hill Media, Disney World has brought back the idea of connecting the Grand Floridian and Polynesian to the Magic Kingdom via a path.
Construction on the walkway to the Magic Kingdom is well underway, with construction equipment visible from the monorail. The path is rumored to be about a mile and a half. Guests would be able to pick up the path from the Transportation and Ticket Center and follow it all the way to the Magic Kingdom. It’s safe to assume the pathway would be complete in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.
Passholder Insights: After Magic Kingdom fireworks (Happily Ever After), we like to head to one of the Magic Kingdom lounges like Tambu Lounge to wait out the crowds.
Bridging The Gap
Building a pathway is usually fairly simple. The walkway to the Magic Kingdom will be no ordinary pathway. The key piece to the project is solving for the waterway that’s used to move both boats and the electrical water pageant in and out of Sevens Seas Lagoon. You’ll find the service waterway located between the Grand Floridian Resort and the Magic Kingdom. With construction just kicking off it’s still unclear what solution Walt Disney World would use.
There are two rumored options on the table. The first option would be to build a bridge that would be high enough to allow the boats and water pageant to pass underneath. Estimates have the bridge reaching heights of the monorail. Option two sounds a little more likely in the DVC Duo house. This would be a drawbridge that would go up and down to allow everything to pass. With the boats and pageant only heading down the waterway a few times a day this option makes the most sense. Disney World could use a bridge similar to the one in Epcot’s World Showcase for bringing the barges out for Illuminations.
UPDATE: September 5, 2020, it has been confirmed that the walkway will has a new “swing” style bridge. The bride will move horizontally to allow for boats and the water pageant to pass through.
Any time Disney World adds a new walkway we’re happy campers. We can already see ourselves using the path for our early morning workouts or trips into the Magic Kingdom. There are two big questions. First, could the path be used for runDisney events? We hope so! Second, does this mean another monorail resort is in the works? Fingers crossed! Alright, we’ve been sitting long enough, time to walk!
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