PHOTOS - Grand Floridian Resort reopens and new walkway to Magic Kingdom nears opening

Sep 21, 2020 in "Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa"

Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom bridge construction - September 21 2020
Posted: Monday September 21, 2020 10:42am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort reopened today following the departure of the NBA players.

The new walkway that links the resort to the Magic Kingdom is still not open to guests, but it looks likely to be available very soon.

Just a couple of workers remain on the site completing final touches.

The main swing bridge has a closed gate across the bridge from both sides.

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Nubs7014 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 Yoda14 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.

halltd14 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.

HarperRose21 days ago

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

nickys21 days ago


Chet Dakota21 days ago

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

Master Yoda21 days ago

Understandable in this day and age.

HarperRose21 days ago

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

wdwmagic21 days ago

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

Skywise21 days ago

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

wdwmagic22 days ago

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

Brad Bishop22 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.

halltd22 days ago

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

wdwmagic22 days ago

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