Have you ever been at Magic Kingdom after the fireworks and the evening parade, and you are just trapped? You can’t move anywhere? Well, I have.
It was on the Magic Kingdom’s 40th Birthday celebration, and my friends and I all staked out spots in the area near Crystal Palace to see the spectacular fireworks show that was planned to celebrate the occasion. The show was beautiful, but then the cluster of people wanting to leave started to rear its ugly head.
We didn’t see the need to rush out since the park was still open, and we thought about heading back to Adventureland, but we, too, were stuck in our spots. We couldn’t make our way anywhere. This is where we coined the phrase, “Disney Anarchy.” There were people literally climbing over the fences with STROLLERS to climb in the grass to get around some of the chaos (I absolutely do NOT recommend that, by the way). It took a good hour to hour and a half to clear the area so that we could finally move. We felt like fish swimming upstream.
So, why do I tell you this story? Because Disney has revealed that it will is changing the configuration of the hub area of Main Street, U.S.A., (nearest Cinderella Castle) to alleviate congestion that happens nightly at the park. This redesign will include new pathways, special fireworks and parade viewing areas (hello FastPass+), and beautiful gardens.
Disney released a video showing an overview of what the work will look like when all is said and done.
As you can see in the screenshot, there will be an additional circular walkway added to the main courtyard area, allowing people to have more room to walk and also more space to stand during the fireworks. I also like the new castle turrets that are shown in the photo.
This is the current Google Earth view of what the Hub area looks like, for comparison. As you can see, the area funneling into Main Street USA will be vastly widened.
While it may be a bit of an inconvenience for guests during construction, it will be absolutely welcome when completed (sometime in 2015).