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Magic Kingdom General Refurb

Discussion in 'Magic Kingdom' started by WAJAS98, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. ParkRumors

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    I'm pretty sure this has been know for awhile, but a permit was filed today for the construction of the walkway from the Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom, so I'd imagine work will be starting soon, if it hasn't already:

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    We've already waited this long.
     
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    The listing has been removed, so I'm guessing it was fake.
     
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    what do you guys thing the stay is like.. im guessing they can't lock you in your room, so how much can you wonder around the park? any rides open? can you go in and out of your room during the day leading up to the stay? pretty interested in what it's like!
     
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    They’re currently removing the Bricks along that path and repaving. I don’t think this has anything to do with connecting to the actual GF.
     
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    There is a 24 hour concierge who attends to your needs and also makes sure you don't wander into places you're not supposed to go.

    There is a crane on site at the canal to start building the footings for the bridge. I've heard there is a whole lot of work about to start happening in front of MK as they remove the pavers and reconfigure everything in time for the 50th.
     
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    can you walk around the park at all?
     
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  8. ParkRumors

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    Eh, I'm not so sure. For starters, the permit is titled "Grand Floridian to ..." indicating that the walkway will start at the Grand Floridian. The existing walkway starts at Magic Kingdom, so it would be kind of weird if it was referred to as the "Grand Floridian to MK Walkway"

    Additionally, this is a "Large Construction" permit, meaning it will disturb more than 5 acres of land. Even drawing a VERY generous boundary around the path still barely yields 4.5 acres, so I'd be very surprised if they were disturbing that much land in that area just to remove the commemorative pavers and repave a path.

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    The permit application should be uploaded into the system by the end of next week, so when that happens we'll know exactly how many acres this project will disturb, so that will hopefully indicate whether or not this will connect all the way.
     
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    Is there a path already where you outlined and the sat images aren't updated yet?
     
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    There's been a path there for like 20+ years, it's just kind of hard to see because I've outlined an area way larger than it to illustrate how big 5 acres is.

    Here's a better image:
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    looks like a path to nowhere, right?
     
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    Yup. It was always intended to connect to GF though.
     
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    Financed by the sale of those blocks to create a 3 mile "Walkway Around the World", which was never completed. It cost too much to build the bridges and figure out what to do along World Drive, so they built parts but never connected things.

    The new bridge at the canal will be able to open to allow the Water Pageant to get in and out each night as well as allow the steam boat to be pulled to the dry dock in Bay Lake.
     
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    When the monorail breaks down...
     
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    This is great for that. Also crazy nights like Fourth of July and NYE.

    Unfortunately ... I worry about the Electric Water Pageant. Will require a drawbridge to keep going.
     
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    There’s no reason to worry about the water pageant. They need a drawbridge regardless of the water pageant. The MK boats still have to go through there to get to the dry dock for refurbs.
     
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    Apparently the bridge will be operated by the Watercraft department. They will coordinate bringing the barges in and out for the Water Pageant each night.
     
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    Win all around then. A necessary safety valve when monorails down/overwhelmed, a scenic walking/jogging trail otherwise.
     
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