Updated: Aug 9, 2019
Lake Buena Vista, FL - August 8, 2019
By: William A Guerro Sr
Originally proposed by Disney back in 1994, construction is finally underway on two new bridges linking a walkway from Disney’s Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts to the Magic Kingdom entrance. Construction is estimated to be completed in late 2020.
Of the two Bridges that will be constructed, to link the walkway, the service canal crossing is the more problematic of the two. Since it is used on a nearly nightly basis thanks to the Electrical Water Pageant. This canal is used as a storage area, for the parade vessels, just out of sight of Disney World guests. Some fans have expressed concern that the popular night time boat parade may be discontinued thanks to the new pathway, though this seems unlikely since Disney also uses this same canal to access the Rivers of America. While not used nearly as much, this canal allows for the Rivers of America ships to navigate between the park and the larger boat service area and dry dock located off of Bay Lake.
An elevated pathway, roughly the height of the monorail beams was thought as a possibility but a small draw bridge, like the one used daily in Epcot, to setup the IllumiNations Fireworks Show, has been indicated in recent updated public documents. Documents also confirm that the pathway will have a stationary bridge over a drainage canal behind the Grand Floridian Convention Center.