Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Hub Refurb Panic


When you love something in its current state, it is hard to accept an imminent change. This is true even when the change is both needed and important. 

Photo Credit: Thom Watson via Compfight cc
A few days ago the internet and the Disney community were abuzz over potential changes to the hub in Magic Kingdom Park.

Before I lose casual Disney fans let me explain. The hub was Walt's brilliant idea - instead of having to walk around an entire theme park to get somewhere, he wanted to create a central meeting point where all the lands converge. He modeled this after a wheel with spokes. If you stand in the center (the hub by the partners statue) you can easily access the the spokes (Main Street USA behind you, Tomorrowland to your right, Fantasyland in front and Liberty Square and Adventureland to your left) cutting down your walking time. 

So last week when Disney blogs and sites leaked information about a hub refurbishment everyone naturally panicked.

Screen shot from Google Maps - You can clearly see the "spokes" of the wheel
I'm sure you've found yourself in the center of that wheel ("the hub") many times. Often it's not a very pleasurable experience. Many times after a very magical Disney day, you can find yourself stuck in a traffic jam of strollers, wheelchairs and scooters leaving the park.

The hub redesign aims to alleviate some of that. After all the panic, Disney released this video:


It's the end of the world as we know it.

I, for one, look forward to the hub refurbishment.  I think it will become an even better place to watch the parade and the fireworks.

What do you think? Tell me in the comments below.

Sitting around the hub during our Keys to the Kingdom Tour
Posing for photos in the hub


Capturing Magical Memories said...

I am not sure how I feel about the actual results but I am sooooo dreading the construction.

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Understood. I do agree that it will be a bit of an inconvenience for a while. I have seen them do things like this before, however, and so much of it is done during the overnight shift. Ultimately, I believe it will be a good thing for the park.

Kristie W said...

I know they are doing it to alleviate the crowds but what worries me is they will think they can allow more people in the park and then we will still have hoards of congestion.

Rosanne_Mottola said...

I totally understand your concern Kristie, but I don't think that will actually happen. I think that at the end of the day, all of the thousands of Disney guests want to be in the same spot for fireworks and the parade. I think the sole purpose of this is to make that experience more enjoyable. I hope I'm correct! Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!

Beth Green said...

I've been so out of the loop this week this is the first I've heard of it! I agree with you- I look forward to it... however I wonder how long it will take? That may cause some headaches for guests!

ReturnToDisney said...

I think you're right - there always seems to be a bit of panic when Disney announces any major change. Remember the outrage when Be Our Guest announced that they would serve wine? People were convinced that the Magic Kingdom would look like a frat party. In the end, it's going to be good - it's Disney!

Heidi Strawser said...

I think it will be nice to have a little more room to get around! I'm with you!

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