Let's take a look around to check on the progress that has been done this week.
Even though the park is very busy on most days, the new walkways around the hub are not crowded:
Cinderella Castle and the nearby towers:
The other towers are still covered:
The construction zone seen from the pathway connecting Fantasyland with Liberty Square:
Construction continues on the west side of the hub:
Only the new water fountain is visible at this time. The new walkway cannot be seen from this angle:
Where did you get the Aug. 19th date from? Disney customer service says July 20th was the last show.
Does anyone know what they are doing with the expansion? is it just more space for people or will it hold meet n' greets/etc?
The hub has been a huge traffic flow nightmare for many years. This is due to Parades, Fireworks, and people just leaving and entering the park. Disney decided to expand the hub to help with these issues while providing more space for various reasons like Fastpass+. This was a smart move on Disneys part and hopefully Disney can widen the walking space in Adventureland cause that is another traffic flow nightmare.