PHOTOS: Rotating Dial Mechanism Installed for Swing-Arm Bridge Connecting Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and The Magic Kingdom

One of the top construction projects we keep getting questions on is that of the long-awaited walkway linking Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Magic Kingdom.

While construction at the site has been slow (the bridge arrived quickly, but has laid staged for weeks now), new developments, like the rotating dial mechanism for what we now know will be a swing-arm bridge, have been installed. Let’s take a closer look.

As we’ve done in the past, the best way to gain a view of current construction is via the resort monorail line.

As you approach the site, you can see that safety cones and barriers have been set up. Additional metal siding is also staged by the work dock, and the bridge is oddly flanked by a set of porta potties.

All of the railings have been installed on the sides of the bridge, which features wood decking.

As we mentioned earlier, the bridge has essentially sat here staged for a while now. It seems there are no plans to move it anywhere until further infrastructure has been set up.

Which brings us to this very interesting piece over on the left. See that round set of stacked wheels? Seeing as though this bridge will be a swinging bridge (meaning the bridge will literally swing out into the lake to allow for maritime traffic, like the Electric Water Parade barges, nightly), it requires a rotary mechanism. It’s finally been installed, which means we are one step closer to getting our long-awaited walkway!

One end of the bridge will lay stationed over that round mechanism. Of course, further progress is needed before we can see the finalized product.

Over on the other side of the pathway, not much has been added, with the exception of metal supports.

Some greenery has been cleared to make space past this area of the pathway.

This walkway will eventually allow guests to walk from the Polynesian Resort and Grand Floridian Resort to the Magic Kingdom, without taking the monorail.

It awaits to be seen as to how long this project will take to complete, but one would assume it would be done before Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.

Stay tuned to WDWNT for updates on this story, and more!

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1 year ago

Quick look into total walking distance from (centre of) Polynesian Resort to MK ‘mid landing’ reference point :