PHOTOS - Walkthrough of the now open Grand Floridan Resort to Magic Kingdom walkway

Nov 20, 2020 in "Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa"

Walkthrough of completed Grand Floridan Resort walkway to Magic Kingdom
Posted: Friday November 20, 2020 8:52am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The much anticipated walkway from the Grand Floridian Resort to the Magic Kingdom opened this morning.

The new walkway begins near to the Grand Floridian convention buildings, accessible from alongside the quick service restaurant and marina area.

The walk takes about 10 minutes at a brisk pace, but of course your mileage may vary. For most, it will be a 15 minute walk.

During the walk, you pass over two new bridges, including the swing bridge that allows access to the Electric Water Pageant canal.

Also open today is the new boat dock, serving both the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resort.

On arrival, temperature screening and security screening is carried out just beyond the new boat dock area, which use the new no-stop EVOLV security scanners.

Click the gallery for more pictures of the new Grand Floridan to Magic Kingdom walkway, and take a video walkthrough below.

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Nubs70Apr 07, 2021

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 YodaApr 07, 2021

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.

halltdApr 07, 2021

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.

HarperRoseMar 31, 2021

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

nickysMar 31, 2021


Chet DakotaMar 31, 2021

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

Master YodaMar 31, 2021

Understandable in this day and age.

HarperRoseMar 31, 2021

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

wdwmagicMar 30, 2021

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

SkywiseMar 30, 2021

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

wdwmagicMar 30, 2021

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

Brad BishopMar 30, 2021

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.

halltdMar 30, 2021

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

wdwmagicMar 30, 2021

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