Cinderella Castle Moat Drained for Pathway Widening Project at the Magic Kingdom

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To the disappointment of many, many Magic Kingdom guests, the moat around the Cinderella Castle was drained in late March so construction could begin on widening the pathway on the west side that connects Fantasyland to Liberty Square.

The pathway was fairly narrow and was prone to bottlenecking in the afternoon.

This was also a great spot to stop and take a few photos of the side view of the Cinderella Castle and a few “Magic Kingdom” selfies.

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April 25, 2019:  Not sure why the newly poured concrete isn’t level with the current pathway.
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The new walkway will be 2x as wide.
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May 6, 2019: Construction continues on the walkway.

Construction is scheduled to wrap up next month with the new walkway open and the moat refilled.

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Disney Parks uses this time to pick up all the objects that have fallen into the moat: sunglasses, cell phones, headbands, rings….
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Drained moat by Tomorrowland. The restaurant views aren’t currently very good.

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May 14, 2019: Now, if only Disney would do something about the flooding throughout the park that happens after every afternoon thunderstorm!!!
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Try the new Cinderella Castle Cupcake, $5.99


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February 2019, Cinderella Castle with a filled moat. It won’t look like this again until late May 2019.


The Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland is also undergoing refurbishment has has been tarped for a month now.

That project isn’t scheduled to wrap up (pun alert) until just before Star Wars:  Galaxy Quest opens May 31st.

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May 15, 2019: Half the Castle tarps were taken down last night. The turrets look bright blue and sparkly!

Disneyland Guests:  Be aware that the Sleeping Beauty Castle is currently undergoing a $300,000 renovation.  The tarps won’t be removed and the walk-thru re-opened until May 28, 2019.

Check here for reopening updates:   Sleeping Beauty Castle Re-opening Date

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April 17, 2019: Still covered. 😦
March 24, 2019: Tarps are going up to cover renovating the Sleeping Beauty Castle turrets.


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