PHOTOS - Grand Floridian Resort bridge to Magic Kingdom construction

Aug 13, 2019 in "Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa"

Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom bridge construction - August 2019

Construction of the new bridge linking Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to the Magic Kingdom is well underway.

The bridge is being built on-site alongside preparations for attaching it to the shoreline on either side of the water.

Click the gallery for more pictures of the Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom bridge construction.

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Article Posted: Aug 13, 2019 / 12:46pm ET
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Nubs702 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 Yoda3 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.

halltd3 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.

HarperRose9 days ago

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

nickys10 days ago

Correct.

Chet Dakota10 days ago

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

Master Yoda10 days ago

Understandable in this day and age.

HarperRose10 days ago

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

wdwmagic10 days ago

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

Skywise10 days ago

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

wdwmagic10 days ago

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

Brad Bishop10 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.

halltd10 days ago

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

wdwmagic10 days ago

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