PHOTOS - My Disney Experience digital map update for Magic Kingdom includes new-look castle and Grand Floridian walkway

Nov 24, 2020 in "Magic Kingdom"

My Disney Experience map update - new look Cinderella Castle and path to Grand Floridian

The digital map for My Disney Experience includes the new-look Cinderella Castle and the recently opened walkway to the Grand Floridian Resort.

And for comparison sake, here is the previous map. Click for larger versions.

Thanks to @kevlightyear for spotting the changes.

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Article Posted: Nov 24, 2020 / 10:20am ET
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_calebNov 26, 2020

GPS is the reason for the change in approaches to mapping the parks. Electronic mapping apps would not be able to effectively show your location on an exaggerated/oversimplified map.

HoustonHornNov 26, 2020

The pink is horrible, but none of the pictures I saw captures the hideousness of the shiny metallic purple. You truly have to see it to appreciate just how ugly those two colors are, both separately and together. The grey is nice.

DisAlNov 25, 2020


FettFanNov 25, 2020

"Miss me yet?"

HauntedPirateNov 25, 2020

Still not a fan of pink on Cinderella Castle.

FerretAfrosNov 24, 2020

Gee, it's almost as if they've realized that using maps that are entirely true to scale isn't the most effective way for guests to navigate the park. Disney's park maps evolved over the years, but they consistently eschewed an overly-exact design in favor of one that places emphasis on points of interest, whether those be attraction entrances, shops and restaurants, or iconic pieces of scenery that could be helpful in wayfinding. However, when the NextGen/MyMagic+ resort-wide integration rolled out, so did new maps. This iteration was designed to be seen on a phone/computer screen first and a printed piece of paper second. While they added the functionality of realistic location-based directions, much of it came at the expense of hiding the valuable information amongst the clutter of vast rooftops, meandering walkways, and unnecessary detail. If I'm a guest trying to find my way to iasw, it's a lot more important for me to know to look for the (blue and white?) striped marquee than it is to know how far the building extends into backstage, or exactly how many pennants are sticking up over the waiting area. The field of mapmaking has spent hundreds of years trying to find ways to deliver the most important information, rather than the most exact; in a 3-dimensional world, a 2-dimensional map is never going to be accurate, but that doesn't mean it can't be useful. The MM+ maps, for all their tech savviness, put too much emphasis on accuracy at the expense of usability. This latest update seems to put more emphasis on these important wayfinding landmarks. The facades take up more space, and the big blank roofs are minimized so as not to be a distraction; the changes in scale not only highlight points of interest, but also help delineate different zones within the land for easy identification. It looks like the guest walkways are still shown roughly to scale to allow in-app navigation, it appears that the pendulum is swinging back toward a more user-friendly direction.

MisterPenguinNov 24, 2020

It's pretty random which show buildings they show on the map and which ones they green-out. Anyhoo... the updated map has now been pushed user-side...

cjkeatingNov 24, 2020

I never liked it when they introduced the MDE maps that were meant to be more real life accurate that they included the show buildings just to fill space. Hopefully this means they can flip the paper maps so Epcot/DHS aren't oriented to represent due North.

trainplane3Nov 24, 2020

While I'm sure it won't be that huge, it would be funny if it was a case of "open modeling program, open current IASW entrance, set scale=250%, save".

kevlightyearNov 24, 2020

Part of a larger map refresh to the buildings of Fantasyland. I guess they wanted to get rid of the giant flat gray roofs in favor of more appropriately themed (if imaginary) roofs. Here's a comparison. You can also see the new small world entry facade.

JohnDNov 24, 2020

I noticed that too. Guess they wanted the map to be more "magical". i.e. What you would actually see while walking around. The new version also adds security screening for busses.

larryzNov 24, 2020

Interesting how they've reduced the show buildings behind Philharmagic and Fairytale hall... they must be feeling some heat over the BBB and the Behemoth of Tron.

brihowNov 24, 2020

If only the paint colors chosen were the shades that are depicted on the app.

kevlightyearNov 24, 2020

The map has been updated with the new Castle design (showed up on the server last night, may not be live on the website/app yet). Besides the colors, a lot more detail has been added. In fact, much of the Magic Kingdom was updated in this latest map refresh. Full hi-res version here: Here's a quick comparison between the old and new versions: