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Old 11-30-2010, 07:34 PM   #16
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There's no reason to wait for park expansion, if Disney wanted to provide a pedestrian walkway between the hotel and the park, they could do it. They probably have other reasons, unrelated to possible expansion plans.

I can't exactly say park expansion plans have been stalled. They've added significantly to the park since it opened; first, with DinoRama, and then with Expedition: Everest.

Regardless, it's very unlikely that they'd build something in the space between the hotel and the park (equivalent to BoardWalk, let's say). The back story for the lodge is the probable "stopper" for further development. It ceases to be a remote safari lodge in an African national park if other "settlements" exist within walking distance.

Overall, Disney tends to avoid direct walking routes between the hotels and parks at WDW. Only the Contemporary, BoardWalk, Yacht/Beach, and Swan/Dolphin have walking paths to the major parks. Part of that may be due to safety concerns - keeping pedestrians away from the buses.

If you look at Google Earth you'll see that the current roadways (the western extension of Osceola Parkway and Black Lake Road) are already close to being the shortest walking distance between hotel entrance and park entrance. Yes, they could cut a walking path at a diagonal and make it more pleasant and a bit shorter, but due to the existing wetlands and the stormwater retention basin at the end of Black Lake Road, I doubt there are plans to build anything else there. None of that space would be likely to be affected by park expansion. The lodge is actually to the southwest of the park, due west of the park's parking lot. Park expansion would be to the northeast of the lodge, missing the lodge by quite some distance.
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It would be amazing if AK expanded. I love AK sooo much, that more of it would be welcomed by me anyday! Im surprised that there is not a path between AK and AKL I know they want AKL to be remote but if they hid the path slightly or called it a trek or something it would be a great idea!!
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Of all the parks I think AK needs something. We breeze through there in just a few hour and do everything we want at least once. It will be interesting to see if anything happens.
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