Photos of the central area (a.k.a. the Hub) in the middle of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
Located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and in front of Cinderella Castle is an area of the Magic Kingdom known as the Hub. It's not quite part of Main Street, U.S.A., nor is this area part of Fantasyland or any other land in the Magic Kingdom. This Hub is a gray area in terms of classification as almost all lands in the park come together at this point.
The Hub is actually an island with bridges providing direct access to almost all areas of the theme park, almost like the spokes on a wheel. Just pick a direction and you'll cross a themed bridge into Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland or Tomorrowland. The only land not directly accessible from the Hub is Frontierland, but that's just a short stroll past Liberty Square.
The Hub is the turnaround point for the horse trolleys that transport guests up and down Main Street, U.S.A. This area is also the turning point for the Magic Kingdom's parades as they go from Main Street, U.S.A. to Liberty Square and then finish in Frontierland. Heavy crowds tend to gather here each evening for the Main Street Electrical Parade and then the Wishes fireworks show with Cinderella Castle serving as a backdrop.
The Hub has seen a few changes since the opening of the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971:
From 1973 to 1983, the Swan Boats ride was operated from a boat dock on the eastern side of the island. While the 30-passenger boats no longer take guests on a boat cruise around the Hub and into Adventureland, the attraction's dock still exists next to the water. Stop by there if you're looking for a quiet spot in the middle of one of the world's busiest theme parks.
The fall of 1996 saw the addition of the famous Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. The statue stands directly in front of Cinderella Castle and was added during the park's 25th Anniversary celebration.
In the fall of 2000, a second bridge opened between the Hub and Liberty Square, allowing for better crowd flow through this area during busier times.
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