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Getting a Look at the Magic Kingdom's New Hub

February 27, 2015, 9:34 AM · Walt Disney World has begun to open parts of the newly refurbished central plaza hub at the Magic Kingdom. Replacing much of the old Swan Boat canal and its sloped banks, these newly graded, landscaped and paved areas are designed to accommodate crowds for the nightly fireworks and parade viewing.

Magic Kingdom hub
Photo courtesy Disney

Eventually, Disney will be designating some of these areas for Fastpass+ reservations to see the shows. By expanding the available space to stand and watch, Disney hopes that it will be able to spread the crowd for the fireworks, allowing people to move around the Magic Kingdom's center more easily before and after the shows.

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Replies (6)

February 27, 2015 at 12:21 PM · I actually think it's kind of a cool look... Does anyone know if the grass is real, or fake like in front of the Hollywood Bowl stage @ USF?
February 27, 2015 at 12:40 PM · Looks very grand to me. I have read reports that most of those areas are artificial turf, but not sure if that includes the stage area front.
February 27, 2015 at 3:07 PM · I think next time I visit Orlando I'll skip Disney and go to Fun Spot.
February 28, 2015 at 12:28 PM · Just about all the grass is fake now
March 2, 2015 at 11:52 AM · I'll miss the canal, but this looks really good!
March 4, 2015 at 3:40 PM · The grass in the new sections is fake, probably because they expect so much foot traffic, but nowhere else in the park.

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