Refurbishment Project announced for the Magic Kingdom’s Central Plaza

One of the most congested areas at the Magic Kingdom, the Central Plaza, is about to go through a major refurbishment project.

Disney recently announced that the "hub" between the end of Main Street U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle is going to be expanded with several new elements including gardens, additional pathways, restaurant seating, and a special viewing area for fireworks.

Two restaurants benefiting from the expansion are Caseys' Corner and The Plaza. Outdoor seating areas for both locations will double in size when the expansion project is completed.

The expansion will also include the creation of two additional pathways to ease foot traffic congestion in the area. Additionally, a new "special" viewing area for fireworks and other performances will be included in the expanded area.

Check out this video about the project:

Construction for the multi-phase project is underway and should be completed in 2015.


lew and patty wrote on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 14:09:

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When are they going to start this?

T Vincelli wrote on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:44:

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Wall went up today

T Vincelli wrote on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:50:

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Seen photos that the walls went up today along the outer perimeter of the hub

Am I There Yet wrote on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:00:

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It has already started!

James Miles wrote on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 16:36:

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It's already started. Water ways surrounding hub are drained.

Maggie wrote on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:12:

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Where are they moving the Walt and Mickey statue?

Erica wrote on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 18:29:

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Lew and Patty, I've heard that they already have. If you walk by the named areas there are walls around it where construction has begun and some of the waterways have been drained.

Jamie wrote on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 18:42:

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I was there last week and the walls are up between the Plaza and the castle. There was no active construction in that area at that time, although the water surrounding the castle was drained all week with machinery parked down in the ponds.

m&m wrote on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:13:

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What is getting taken away to make the extra room? Instead of more construction distractions I would have preferred a second entrance for the many who don't need the "aww" of seeing the castle for the 20th plus time. That would have cut way back on congestion. Most of us know of other places to see the fireworks or choose to head back to our resorts to beat the crowds.

Anne Swarts wrote on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 01:49:

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The construction around Casey's was already started as of our last trip in late January. I think that this is a great idea to assist with crowd through-put. It's going to be a temporary inconvenience. We made it through the New Fantasyland phases mostly unscathed, and now it's better than ever before!

DisneyDoll65 wrote on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 01:52:

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Where is the statue of Walt and Mickey going to go?????

Melissa K wrote on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 02:01:

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Going to WDW in September. Does the wall for this construction ruin the perfect camera pic from main st looking to the castle? Like if I wanted a family pic on main st with Disney in the background??

Melissa K wrote on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 02:12:

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Is the wall blocking the view of the castle from main street? You know where the majority of visitors like to take a family pic from main st with castle in background?

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