We hopped on the monorail to get an up-close and personal look of where things stood a few days ago. As seen in the pictures below, the most significant undertaking of the project (the bridge) is essentially complete. The bridge was fully retracted during our ride past, allowing waterway access behind the Magic Kingdom for the Electric Water Pageant when it resumes operations.
Landscaping and lighting work around the area was well underway with freshly planted palms and shrubbery on each side of the bridge.
A bit further down the path, we noticed continued construction on the surrounding area. This looks to be primarily for a more permanent security structure located closer to the Magic Kingdom boat dock.
Lastly, a small white tent is located right before the walkway descends into the Magic Kingdom entrance. This will likely be used for security or temperature screenings. Over the weekend, DVC Fan Member David Zakariaie had the opportunity to talk with a resort monorail Cast Member named Walt (for real) who stated that they would be utilizing the path soon to allow the NBA special after-hours access to the park.
With the path’s entrance located within the NBA “bubble,” we may be waiting several more months to set foot on it. Regardless, it is exciting to see this project nearing the finish line and offer guests of both the Grand Floridian and Polynesian another means of transportation to get to the Magic Kingdom.
Are you excited for this new walking path? Will it be your preferred method to get to and from the park? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and stay tuned to DVC Fan and The DIS for more information on when the path opens to the public!