If you’ve ever been caught in the massive crowds leaving the Magic Kingdom, you know the wait to get on a bus, ferry, or monorail can seem like forever. Some nights, I’ve even thought swimming would be a better option than standing with a mass of people waiting for the monorail back to the Transportation and Ticket Center. Soon, guests will be able to walk from the Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa by using a new walkway. Continuing on the path will take you to Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and ultimately the Transportation and Ticket Center. We’ve been watching the progress and it seems they’ve installed another piece to the rotating dial mechanism for the new swing-arm bridge.
If you look closely, it appears a new piece has been added to the turning mechanism for the bridge. This will swing the bridge out of the way for boats, barges, and other traffic in the water to pass as needed. This appears to be the base of the turning mechanism, with grooves in the new metal center piece, along which a sprocket or chain will run to rotate it.
There’s another piece staged over by the dock that looks like it could possibly be also added to the rotating dial.
We’re patiently waiting for this bridge to be fully installed and the walkway to be completely open. This is a much needed addition to the area, so we’ll be happy when we can walk to the resorts from the Magic Kingdom.
Stay tuned for more updates on this new bridge and more Magic Kingdom arrival experience enhancements coming soon.