About Mike Ellis

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever.

His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion!

Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for over eight years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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  1. heidirrr

    I love history, Lee, so Liberty Square is really one of my favorite areas of the Magic Kingdom. I love the attractions that are found here, as well as the restaurants and the keen attention to details. The Christmas shop and the neat little shop outside of the Hall of Presidents are fun as well. The shop that is right outside the Haunted Mansion has some really neat themed things now too (it used to be more colonial in nature, but it now more “haunted”). Thanks for your recap of this great land!

  2. mickey
    Mike Ellis

    Lee, great post! I really enjoy many aspects of Liberty Square, including the Hall of Presidents. For dining, my favorite quick service — the Columbia Harbour House — is here, but I remember dining at the Liberty Tree Tavern back when they had characters there! I wish they would bring that back!


  3. roemottola

    This: The Liberty Bell was placed in Liberty Square in 1987 to commemorate the U.S. Constitution’s bicentennial.

    I knew about the bell being cast from the same mold, but I didn’t know this. Thanks for sharing – I love new facts! (Mostly to annoy my family while we’re touring the park!)

  4. Joanna Jordan

    Great post, I loved all of the fun historical facts. I’m not from the States but there’s something about that period in US history that really fascinates me, I always enjoy soaking it up while in Liberty Square.

  5. dadfordisney – Upstate NY – Hello and welcome to the Dad For Disney Blog. I'm Tim Brooks and I live in upstate NY with my wife of 19 years and our fourteen-year old daughter. I spent the early part of my career out of college working in sports information at the University of Delaware and then Allentown College. After leaving Allentown College, I did some freelance work and then taught sports management at Lehigh-Carbon Community College and then The College of St. Rose when we moved to upstate NY for my wife’s career. After my wife gave birth to our daughter, I decide to stay home with her and put my career on hold. Now, that she is ten years old, I volunteer at her school while keeping the house in order and writing my WDW planning guide tentatively named "Walt Disney World for Tweens and Teens". Dad For Disney and the Dad For Disney Blog is in no way part of, endorsed or authorized by, or affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or its affiliates.

    More Liberty Square trivia: There are no restrooms in Liberty Square because Colonial America did not have public restrooms. The restrooms for Liberty Tree Tavern are in Frontierland and the restrooms for Columbia Harbor House are in Fantasyland.

    • Mary at Capturing Magical Memories – Houston, TX – Hi! I'm Mary and my blog is I am also the wife of a Disney Travel Agent, a mom to 2 boys, a full-time career mom, a budding graphic designer on the side. In the little free time that is left I love to learn about photography. We currently live in Houston, TX and own Disney Vacation Club.
      Mary at Capturing Magical Memories

      Lol! I do love that Disney really is all about the details but this is one I think they could have let slide. But what a great bit of trivia.

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