Published: February 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Does that mean more trees are being cut down at the MK hub?
Annette Forrest

Published: February 26, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Robert -- can you possibly draw a picture of the hub updates with the swan boats thing and add it to this article? I just can't quite picture this. Does this mean the moat is going to go away? I don't understand what they are doing. Thanks!
Kelly Muggleton

Published: February 26, 2014 at 4:23 AM

Someone tell me when I can FP+ my walk across the new pavement please! :-) hahahaha I couldn't resist!
TH Creative

Published: February 26, 2014 at 8:54 AM

First of all that was some GREAT SNARK from Ms. Muggleton.

(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?

Brian Bauer

Published: February 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

WDWMagic has a mock up of what the new hub should look like. Basically they are adding a larger ringed pathway in between the old pathway and the waterway.
Orrin Carstarphen

Published: February 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

This issue only further illustrates the need for new lands/ rides at the other 3 parks sooner rather than later. New additions to these areas would hopefully draw some of the crowding away from the Magic Kingdom.
TH Creative

Published: February 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Who made the mock-up?
Brian Bauer

Published: February 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

@Orrin. Not only are they doing this, they are also building a (better themed) access path behind Main Street and building a 2nd ferry boat dock. Although I wonder if that last one has more to do with the unreliable monorails as opposed to an increase in guests.

@TH. I think it was a WDWMagic member, not something official.

TH Creative

Published: February 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I asked because I notice the pathways to the Swan Boat Dock and through the rose gardens have vanished.
Rob Pastor

Published: February 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

The mock up on Magic was just a guess using the info Disney provided. It wasn't mentioned as official or insider knowledge.
Robert Niles

Published: February 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

My graphic skills are rubbish, I'm afraid. But, yeah, a second ring around the existing hub ring, with two paths dropping from the second ring to the two backstage access points on either side of Main Street.

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.

M. Ryan Traylor

Published: February 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

What is taking BTMR so long?
Brian Bauer

Published: February 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

So it looks like that previous rendering was pretty close. I really like the castle additions.
Rob Pastor

Published: February 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Lots of concrete, not much grass, in the new Disney rendering. The plus is that there's lots more footage for Fireworks viewing areas.