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    So what actually are they doing with all the construction around the Castle? What are they creating? I heard it's to help with the exit after the fireworks? Perhaps more viewing areas for fireworks? And when is it supposed to be completed? It's been going on since my trip in August 2014. Thanks for any info!
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    It's just creating more wide-open spaces for traffic flow and viewing. As for when it's finished - supposedly by this summer.
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    If you go during an extremely busy period or special event, it becomes very apparant why they needed to do this. Flow of guests and available locations to watch fireworks become an issue at those times.

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    One section has opened... Pictures are available online... Looks really well done...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizneyFreak2002 View Post
    One section has opened... Pictures are available online... Looks really well done...
    Agreed! I saw those photos and thought it looked really pretty. Looking forward to when it is all finished.
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    It looks ok. My regret is that Disney is conitually removing sitting space every time they renovate. As someone who needs to rest frequently I find it troubling that walls, benches, etc. keep disappearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlutoToo View Post
    It looks ok. My regret is that Disney is conitually removing sitting space every time they renovate. As someone who needs to rest frequently I find it troubling that walls, benches, etc. keep disappearing.
    The new walls in the new hub area are actually benches, much like the design in the walls of the new Fantasyland area...
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    I saw those benches, I also saw people in the photos sitting and leaning on the metal railings in the area fenced off for the flowers.
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    I looked for updated pictures. I think it looks very nice but where are there benches? I hate that the seating looks like it is all gone.

    I have heard that you don't have to line up hours before to get a good view of fireworks at Disneyland. Would this be true at WDW now with larger areas to stand in? That old be nice to be able to walk up a few minutes before 10 and see Wishes.
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    Courtesy of INTERCOT sponsor The Official Ticket Center, here are some updated pics.
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    And lastly:
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    Hurray! It looks like they're putting back the small bronze statues. I missed them on our last visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
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    Funny you say that, my daughter was in MK this morning and sent me some pics of it. Looked to me like "sod lines" (real grass) in some of the pics but she messaged back that it looks and feels like plastic turf to her.

    Lets hope, if it isn't (plastic turf), it will look really bad after a couple of nights.

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    Look at the second picture Mel posted... Doesn't it say GARDN PLAZA EAST but WEST FIREWORKS VIEWING?

    does that make sense to anyway? If I'm standing in the east plaza, how is it the west viewing section?
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    Thank goodness for this, hopefully less people clogging up Main street! Last vacation they had to lead us down a road around the back of the shops behind a fence to get the exit main street was too clogged to walk down!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddie View Post
    Thank goodness for this, hopefully less people clogging up Main street! Last vacation they had to lead us down a road around the back of the shops behind a fence to get the exit main street was too clogged to walk down!
    Actually, they had announced that they were going to spruce that area up and officially open it as a walkway for exiting, but I didn't see that any sprucing up had occurred when we were there in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DizneyFreak2002 View Post
    Look at the second picture Mel posted... Doesn't it say GARDN PLAZA EAST but WEST FIREWORKS VIEWING?

    does that make sense to anyway? If I'm standing in the east plaza, how is it the west viewing section?
    Hahahaaa! Good catch. I had to take another look at the photos to see that. Can you say "OOPS!"

    If you look at where this area is, in front of Crystal Palace and Casey's Corner, it would be the WEST Plaza anyway, wouldn't it?
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    The picture with the "west" firework viewing area is indeed the west viewing area (left of the castle if you are looking at it from the hub). What you are seeing in that photo is the West sign and then seeing clear across the hub and seeing Tomorrowland in the distance.

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