PHOTOS - Grand Floridan to Magic Kingdom bridge construction update

Mar 09, 2020 in "Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa"

Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom bridge construction - March 9 2020
Posted: Monday March 9, 2020 12:52pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The bridge that will make walking from Disney's Grand Floridan Resort to the Magic Kingdom a reality is getting much closer to becoming operational.

In these latest pictures you can see the bridge in its closed position. The swing bridge design allows the bridge to swing open, hinged from the right side, to allow the Water Pageant and other watercraft to pass through. The land either side has been significantly built up to meet the bridge.

Although the bridge appears to be operational, there is still a lot of work to be done in completing the walkway on land. Disney has not yet made any announcement on the project or given an opening timeframe. Construction began in October 2019, and based on progress so far, it still seems to be months away from being guest ready.

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Nubs7010 days ago

You can also see the concept of camber in a loaded and unloaded flatbed semi trailer. Unloaded, the trailer will be arched. Loaded, the trailer will be flat.

Master Yoda10 days ago

That arch you speak of is actually called a "camber". It is a commonly used technique to strengthen beams, bridges, trusses, etc. where you curve the structure slightly upwards. When a load is applied and the deflection occurs, the structure levels out vs sagging. The picture below is a crude example of this. The lift mechanism solves a myriad of problems with bridges of this type. All materials under load will deflect over time. The lifting mechanism allows the bridge to work without constant adjustment to maintain the gap specs. It also allows the gap to be as close to zero as possible which is essential to avoid a tripping hazard.

halltd11 days ago

The span looks quite long and already has an arch to it. I’m sure the raising mechanism was cheaper than stiffining the bridge to always keep the gap at the end small enough to not be a trip hazard. Most movable bridges I’ve seen walking around urban environments do something similar.

HarperRose17 days ago

You'll pass through security on the sidewalk to MK from the Contemporary.

nickys17 days ago

Correct.

Chet Dakota17 days ago

As I am understanding it, you can not walk from Contemporary to GF without passing through security at least once. Correct?

Master Yoda17 days ago

Understandable in this day and age.

HarperRose18 days ago

DH just asked me "where's the fire alarm?" LOL

wdwmagic18 days ago

Yeah I was too, it is quite a complex system.

Skywise18 days ago

Interesting... I'm surprised it has to rise at the end of its cycle

wdwmagic18 days ago

Yes weed whacker at the GF. The bridge is actually near silent.

Brad Bishop18 days ago

I think it's great that they finally made it so that you can walk from the MK around to the TTC. I'd like to see them expand the water-bridge (for traffic - I always thought the walkway was pretty minimal but it looks like it's a lane wide) and have the walkway go all the way around the lake, myself.

halltd18 days ago

Was that a weed whacker in the background or was that the noise of the bridge?

wdwmagic18 days ago

Yeah they really want you to know when that thing is moving.