Now that it has been restored, a walkway once again links Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Magic Kingdom & Grand Floridian Resort Walkway
When Disney first announced that this path would reopen, they said it would happen in “late spring” 2023, which would occur before the end of June. To meet that deadline, the walkway reopened just in time.
Finally providing guests with a direct (though lengthy) walking path from the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village Resort to Magic Kingdom, the walkway opened in late 2020. It is situated outside Magic Kingdom, halfway between the Monorail station and boat ramps.
Visitors can spot passing monorails along the path for a photo opportunity.
Despite the distance, there are several places where you can find shade. The surrounding vegetation offers a beautiful backdrop for a stroll.
Due to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa’s ongoing renovations, the path was shut down in February of this year. The Sago Cay building, which is right next to the path’s entrance, has been under construction, but it appears that the project is about to come to an end.
Even though the walkway is now open, construction in this area is still ongoing as evidenced by the temporary construction fencing close to the tree line and the potted plant wall.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Refurbishment
The Grand Floridian reportedly wasn’t up to par when now-former CEO Bob Chapek took over the Parks & Resorts division in 2015. It was no longer appropriate to use it as the flagship resort because the comparisons to a Four Seasons didn’t fit the current state of Walt Disney World. But the business chose to make changes rather than refocus on a different resort hotel.
The Enchanted Rose Lounge, which took the place of Mizner’s Lounge, marked the beginning of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort’s extensive renovation. A “Beauty and the Beast” theme was applied to it. Ctricos then unveiled a fresh style that was influenced by “Mary Poppins”. It was revealed that the Grand Floridian Spa had also undergone remodeling when it reopened in January 2022. The resort’s rooms are all still being updated, and “Mary Poppins” theming has been added in various locations throughout the guest buildings.
Between June 2022 and April 2023, Narcoossee’s was closed. When it reopened, it had an updated interior and a “land and sea” menu.
The character dining buffet at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 1900 Park Fare, is still closed for remodeling. Since the restaurant closed in March 2020 along with the rest of Walt Disney World Resort due to COVID-19, it has not reopened. 1900 Park Fare was briefly used as additional seating for Grand Floridian Café while physical distance restrictions were still in effect.
In the near future, the lobby of The Grand Floridian Resort will also be updated.
On July 1, 2023, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will commemorate its 35th birthday.