PHOTOS: Work Continues on Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to Magic Kingdom Walkway Bridge

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to check out the progress on the new swing-arm bridge that will connect Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Magic Kingdom with a walking path. But thanks to the reopening of the parks and the monorail, we were able to get a close look from the Express Monorail once again. There’s been a bit of progress since we last checked in June, so let’s take a look!

Pavement is just about complete on the Magic Kingdom end. All that’s left is to put grass and other vegetation in.

Workers were installing guard rails along the path as we passed. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but it seems to be coming along swimmingly.

Paving is almost done on the Grand Floridian side as well. Walkway guard rails have not made it to this end of the canal path, however. There’s also new bases and wiring in place for what we can assume will be light posts.

Later, we saw vegetation being laid out for planting. Below is what some of the completed path looks like.

Construction barges, including one with a mini-crane, were seen docked to the side of the project site.

The above and below photos were only taken a couple days apart, so they are moving quickly to plant trees and vegetation.

We got a good view of the bridge itself fully connected. At the base on the right is the swinging mechanism that opens or closes the bridge.

Cinderella Castle can be seen shining in the distance with its new gold trim.

The whole project is close to completion, as these wide shots demonstrate! It’s only a matter of time until the Magic Kingdom is just a stroll away rather than waiting for the Monorail at the Grand Floridian. What are your thoughts? Will you take a walk to The Most Magical Place on Earth, or will you fly by on the Highway in the Sky? Let us know below or on social media!

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9 months ago

A great addition to seven seas lagoon transportation. I have always felt a little trapped when the Magic Kingdom lets out in the evening after fireworks. thanks for the great website

Victor Nazarian
Victor Nazarian
9 months ago

Thank you Spencer for taking that time to get such a comprehensive overview of this project. In a way I feel this is a special project that would have been part of Walt’s vision. The ability to walk around the Seven Seas Lagoon has always seemed like an incompetent aspect of the Magic Kingdom resort area. Having walked the pathway from TTC to MK (past Contemporary) many times in the past I am exceptionally glad that there is going to be a more proper, less utility style of walkway to the front gate. This new walkway and bridge may not… Read more »

Jared Marder
Jared Marder
9 months ago

So guests paying $600/night to stay at Grand Floridian are going to spend 30min to walk to the park, when they have an entire day of walking and standing ahead of them. They have the monorail and the boats, so i dont get it.