(Chuckle x 2)
The in-fill of the Swan Boat canal is very telling and may well be linked the recent ticket price increase. Magic Kingdom attendance may be trending to a point of intolerable. The arrival of the Dwarf Mine Train and the new parade will either (at a minimum) sustain or (at a maximum) exacerbate the situation.
From an anecdotal perspective, my CM friends tell me that MK has been very crowded virtually every day this year.
Adding some cred to that report are the current, planned the closing time set for these WEEK DAYS (!!!) coming in March:
Thursday, March 6 (11 PM)Tuesday, March 11 (1 AM)Wednesday, March 19th (12 AM)Monday, March 24 (12 AM)
When the park was originally conceptualized (almost 50 years ago) I wonder what the designers assumed its annual attendance would be?
@TH. I think it was a WDWMagic member, not something official.
The elimination of the old pathway to the former Swan Boat dock is the first step in clearing the area for the new path construction.