This Closure Could Impact How You Arrive at the Magic Kingdom

With so many forms of complimentary transportation, easy-to-navigate roads, and even several walking paths for certain theme parks and Resorts, getting around Walt Disney World is a breeze.

In fact, complimentary transportation and, in some cases, the ability to walk to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, are among the best perks of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Construction work in select locations could impact some travel plans, though, and we’ve got everything you need to know on the latest projects around one Resort that could change the way you arrive at the Magic Kingdom.


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The Resorts that make up the Magic Kingdom Area Hotels include Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, and Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (all connected to the Park via the monorail loop, resort launches, and walking paths), and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground which come with watercraft and bus transportation.

The flagship Resort of Walt Disney World, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, is currently in the early phases of several renovations that will change the look and feel of this iconic property. With a new look coming to Narcoossee’s, the Resort’s waterfront dining location, and changes coming soon to the lobby, Disney fans should prepare for some construction during future stays at the Resort.


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In addition to the construction notice listed on Disney’s official website, Inside the Magic reports that the walkway between the Resort and the Magic Kingdom will soon be closed, making this route to the Park inaccessible. The walkway will close next week on February 13, 2023, meaning monorail, watercraft, or (if offered) buses will be the best way to travel between the Magic Kingdom and the Grand Floridian while work is being done.

Walking back to your Resort may not seem like a great plan with all of the standing and walking one does during a day at the theme park, but this path is helpful when it comes to arriving at the Park on crowded days and especially when leaving during the post-fireworks rush when lines for the monorail and boats can be quite long.


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Disney has not yet confirmed when the walking path between the Grand Floridian and the Magic Kingdom will reopen, but we will continue to monitor this area for updates as well as more information on the renovations taking place around the Resort here on Disney Tips.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."