Review: New hub at the Magic Kingdom brings serenity to the craziness

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The hub area at The Magic Kingdom has new fountains.

It’s all about the space.

The new hub at the Magic Kingdom is nearly finished, and there is now plenty of unobstructed area in front of Cinderella’s Castle to watch stage shows, the nightly castle light show and fireworks.

Gone are all the barriers around the center of the hub (called the hub because from there you took a spoke to one of the various lands in the park) and now there is just open space. The trees and bushes are gone, giving everyone a clear view of the castle, including from the side of the castle.

Don’t worry, not everything is gone. Still remaining in the center of it all is the Partners Statue of Walt Disney holding Mickey Mouse’s hand. This is still the spot to have your photo taken.

The small statutes of Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Pinocchio, Donald Duck, Goofy, Br’er Rabbit, and Chip and Dale, which used to encircle the Partners, have been moved to new fountains. The fountains are a nice touch and add a bit of a “Mary Poppins” vibe, giving the area a feel of serenity with all the people around you.
The same feeling comes from the two new FastPass fireworks viewing areas. The areas, surrounded by attractive railings, have short-cropped synthetic grass and walkways reminiscent of a neighborhood park. During the day you can grab a seat on the lawn and relax, but after 8 p.m. both areas are dedicated strictly to those with fireworks FastPasses. 
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The new hub at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World has opened up the
 area for guests.
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The area in front of Cinderella Castle is  more open with many of the
 planting beds removed.
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The new FastPass fireworks area.
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A view of the fireworks from the FastPass fireworks area.