Magic Kingdom Vice President Jason Kirk clarifies a few details surrounding the Cinderella Castle makeover

Feb 20, 2020 in "Cinderella Castle"

Magic Kingdom Vice President Jason Kirk has taken to the official Disney Parks Blog to clarify a few points regarding the upcoming makeover of Cinderella Castle.

One of the main concerns from guests has been that the castle may be covered in construction scrims and scaffolding. In regard to that, Jason said in a blog comment, "While temporary construction equipment may be present while Cinderella Castle receives its royal makeover, it will remain uncovered and we will do our best to ensure guests are still able to capture special photos and memories in this iconic spot."

In regard to timelines, Jason confirmed an imminent start to the project, "Our work is expected to begin in the coming weeks and be complete before the end of summer."

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Article Posted: Feb 20, 2020 / 9:50am ET

Rhinocerous18 days ago

One of them housed the special Photopass spot that showed a wide angle of the castle and zoomed in on you. As of summer 2019, at least.

Nunu22 days ago

Finding a table at Casey's is not easy! I'd probably do it too if it wasn't for the FL blazing sun. πŸ˜…

_caleb22 days ago

The "tripping hazard" thing would have to do with the difficulty some people have in walking on any carpeted surface. Disney seems to be trying to get rid of many trip hazards and uneven surfaces across the parks. But specifically, this area is for viewing the castle shows and fireworks, where guests will be looking up, distracted, and in the dark (with dimmed area lighting). Then again, I believe the shrub planters in the viewing areas do have a raised curb surrounding them, so what do I know?

MisterPenguin22 days ago

Well, if they're eating Casey's hot dogs, they're capable of anything!!

tirian22 days ago

Including me! :cool:

Nunu22 days ago

Not me!, but I've seen folks lounging and doing Casey's picnics in that area at different times of the day.

MisterPenguin22 days ago

I believe they're open during the day, but two of their four sides have no openings in the low surrounding wall. So, they're not a pathway or shortcut to anywhere. If you pop in there thinking you can cut across to the other side, you'll find yourself in a dead and and have to turn around. The only reason to enter that area is to park yourself there. And who want's to hang out on synthetic grass in the full glare of the sun in Florida?

UNCgolf22 days ago

That would make sense in the abstract, but I don't think anyone is really walking over that grass, are they? Aren't those areas closed off during the day and only open for the special ticket fireworks? Maybe not.

MisterPenguin22 days ago

It doesn't have to be taller to be more realistic, just a better coloration and variation to make it look real. An imagineer could paint a more realistic lawn on concrete than that synthetic lawn looks.

LittleBuford22 days ago

And also be more difficult to clean, I should imagine.

_caleb22 days ago

I think the longer/more realistic alternatives may present a tripping hazard.

LittleBuford22 days ago

Thank you both for making me feel better!

UNCgolf22 days ago

I don't think it's that easy to notice. Most people aren't spending a lot of time in the hub, and there are usually a million people milling about which block you from seeing it. And then of course during the fireworks those areas are full of people.

MisterPenguin22 days ago

Unless you were hunting in that area to watch the fireworks because the front of the hub was packed, it's easy to miss. If you're cutting in front of Casey's or Plaza, then the tables block your view. If you're heading to the castle as you enter the hub, you look at the castle, not the ground to the right and left of you. If you're heading out to Main Street, likewise, you're focused on Main Street ahead of you. I only know about it from people complaining that it has taken over the hub, and I'm, like, "what?" And when I investigate, I discover a huge exaggeration and see just how much real landscaping (including grass, trees, and waterways) are actually in the hub. I mean, just look at all that synthetic lawn... And if people are hankering for their view of the castle to be obscured by trees in a hub which is now totally treeless...