Magical Blogorail – Education at Liberty Square

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Heidi’s Head and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Liberty Square

The Hall of Presidents Stands Tall at Liberty Square

Walt Disney loved history, especially history that pertained to the history of the United States.  His childhood hero was Abraham Lincoln, and if you have never had the chance to see his attraction at Disneyland called “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln“, I urge you to do so one day.  This month, the Magical Blogorail is writing about all of the ways that Walt Disney World is uniquely suited to teach us as well as entertain us, and I am writing about all of the great things that you can see and learn from at Liberty Square.

In February my daughter and I will be running in the Princess 5K while my wife cheers us on from the side.  My wife and I have never taken Sophie out of school while it was in session before, so I was a little apprehensive about doing so for this trip.  However, Sophie is 13 years old, and it won’t be long before she won’t want to do as much with us as she did when she was younger, so Cindy and I talked it over and decided that taking up something like this is one way that Sophie and I can continue the bond that we have.  Last Saturday we ran in our first 5K, and this coming Sunday we will be walking in our first 10K together.  The point of my rambling is that one of the things that we are going to do during that trip is have Sophie research a lot of the historical elements, especially at Liberty Square.  This will help us justify to ourselves pulling her out of school for two days.

The Hall of Presidents at Liberty Square is a great attraction because it does so much to teach us more about the history of the presidents of the United States.  The audio-animatronic figures are incredibly detailed, and feature all of the presidents that our great country has had.  The narration in the story before the goes into some incredible moments in American history, and this show is one that should be on everyones list to see.

Liberty Square Riverboat

The Liberty Belle is the name of the riverboat that is the Liberty Square Riverboat!

Another attraction that I like that isn’t quite as educational is the Liberty Square Riverboat.  Featuring the Liberty Belle, which was named after Walt Disney’s wife Lillian, this riverboat takes you on the Rivers of America for a unique perspective on what it would have been like to navigate the mighty Mississippi in the 1800s.  For attractions such as the Liberty Square Riverboat, how much you get out of the attraction depends on how vivid your imagination is, so don’t be afraid to put yourself back in time and take a ride on the riverboat one day!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is For the Love of Disney.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Heidi’s Head – Disney for Homeschoolers
2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney – Education at Liberty Square
3rd Stop ~ For the Love of Disney – Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Final Stop ~ Ashley Aspires – Educational Attractions at Disney World

Disneyland vs WDW

Magical Blogorail: Disneyland vs. Disney World

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney on Wheels and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

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New Orleans Square is home to one of the four Disneyland Railroad stops.

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by today!  The Magical Blogorail has a great loop in store for you as we explore specific lands at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom and do a comparison of them.  I think this is very exciting, and for my selection I chose New Orleans Square vs. Liberty Square!

If you have never been to Disneyland, then one thing you should know is that New Orleans Square is the smallest land in Disneyland, but may also have the best attractions of any land!  In New Orleans Square you’ll find one of the four stops of the Disneyland Railroad, as well as this classic attraction:

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The Haunted Mansion stands proudly over New Orleans Square

In addition to the Haunted Mansion, you will also find Pirates of the Caribbean, along with it’s attached restaurant, The Blue Bayou.

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Pirates of the Caribbean is another of the great New Orleans Square attractions!

For Dining, you have The Blue Bayou, along with the most well-known restaurant at any Disney park: Club 33.

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Club 33 is the most exclusive restaurant in Disney — and it’s located in New Orleans Square!

Lastly, New Orleans Square is also home to the only accommodations inside of Disneyland: The Disneyland Dream Suite!

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The Disneyland Dream Suite is the only accommodations you can get inside of Disneyland Park!

Looking at all of this, I’m sure you’re thinking, Liberty Square has nothing on New Orleans Square.  Well, if you were to think that, you would be missing out on some incredible things to experience at Liberty Square!

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Liberty Square has it’s own treasures just waiting to be discovered!

As I wrote in my post about this land, Liberty Square is so much more than the attractions it houses.  Here are my exact words from that post:

Liberty Square is more than The Haunted Mansion®, more than The Hall of Presidents, more than the Liberty Tree Tavern.  Liberty Square is a reminder for all Americans of the blood, sweat, and tears that have been shed to make our country great.

But don’t get me wrong — Liberty Square is also home to some great attractions, including the Haunted Mansion:

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The Haunted Mansion has it’s own Happy Haunts for you to experience!

and The Hall of Presidents, complete with Audio-Animatronic figures of each President of the United States:

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The Hall of Presidents is just one of the Liberty Square attractions

and the Liberty Square Riverboat, featuring the Magic Kingdom’s own Liberty Belle riverboat:

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The Liberty Belle is named in honor of Walt’s wife Lillian.

When it comes to dining, Liberty Square is no slouch either.  It features two excellent restaurants, the Liberty Tree Tavern:

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The Liberty Tree Tavern is a period restaurant located in Liberty Square

and perhaps the best counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom — the Columbia Harbour House:

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The Columbia Harbour House is so underrated it almost never has a long line!

So, which one is the best?  Well, from where I’m standing I think I have to give the edge to New Orleans Square, but it really is a close contest.  We certainly see more of Liberty Square than New Orleans Square, but New Orleans Square kind of reached out and tugged at my soul, and I don’t think I’ll ever be quite the same ever again…

What do you think, though?  Which land do you think wins out, or am I comparing apples to oranges?  Please let me know what you think, and thanks for stopping by today! Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Babies Blog.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
3rd Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog
4th Stop ~ Disney Nouns
Final Stop ~ Journeys from a Follower

Hall of Presidents

History Lessons with the Hall of Presidents!

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The Hall of Presidents

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day63 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  This day we are taking a history lesson as we study the American Presidents in the Hall of Presidents!  Located in Liberty Square, this attraction features audio-animatronic characters of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is a very special show, and features some great features that you won’t find anywhere else.  For example, take a look at this special rug.

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The Great Seal of the United States – located in the Hall of Presidents

If I remember correctly, this rug is one of three that exist in official form in the United States.  The rug has a fence around it to prevent people from walking on it, and was placed in the Hall of Presidents by a special order of Congress, if I remember my facts right.

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The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square

On top of all of that, the building is absolutely incredible in my opinion.  This structure has the number 1787, which represents the year that the United States Constitution was signed.

I really enjoy this show, it’s a great reminder of the toil and struggle that our country has gone through over the years.  Our country is doomed to repeat it’s mistakes if we ever forget the lessons that we learned in previous days, and it’s shows like the Hall of Presidents that remind us of our past in a fun, educational way.

Does your family visit the Hall of Presidents?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The Hall of Presidents

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The Hall of Presidents resides in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom.

The Hall of Presidents, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is one of the best educational exhibits you can find at Walt Disney World.  Thank you for joining me today!  I’m joined by my incredible co-hosts Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head for our weekly Disney Trivia series, Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

When the idea of the Hall of Presidents came about, Walt originally wanted to call it “One Nation Under God” for Disneyland.  While the idea wasn’t able to come to fruition entirely, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was created — first at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and then opened in Disneyland on July 18, 1965.

After Walt’s death on December 15, 1966, the Imagineers were able to come up with the idea of Liberty Square — the thought process being that since Walt Disney World was so much closer to New Orleans then Disneyland, that there would be no need to have a New Orleans Square at the Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, it was decided that this canvas would be the perfect place to resurrect Walt’s idea of “One Nation Under God” — but under the slightly different name of the Hall of Presidents.

To me, what really makes the Hall of Presidents is the Audio-Animatronic likenesses of each of the Presidents of the United States.  This is incredibly cool to me because the Presidents are so realistic — some of them speak, they all move in some form or fashion, and even when the camera isn’t panned on them, you can still see movements, almost as if the characters are talking to one another!

The film that plays prior to the appearance of the Presidents is great, also, and full of a rich history of what makes our country great — but for this writer, it’s the Presidents themselves that really set this attraction apart.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Now, please check out the other great entries in our Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia hop!

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Wordless Wednesday – Veterans Day

Today, for Wordless Wednesday, I'm honoring our Veteran's.

Today, for Wordless Wednesday, I’m honoring our Veteran’s.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday post!  This week, my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic set the theme as the “Disney Side”, but for me, I’m going to continue my thanks of our Veterans from Veterans Day.  These pictures are all ones that I think are patriotic in nature, I hope you enjoy them!

The American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase

The American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase

If you've never stopped to listen to this great group of singers, you are missing out...

If you’ve never stopped to listen to the Voices of Liberty, you are missing out…

The Drum and Bugle Corp marching into position to play for us!

The Drum and Bugle Corp marching into position to play for us!

The Statue of Liberty Torch, with Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain

The Statue of Liberty Torch, with Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain

Fireworks light the night sky in World Showcase Lagoon for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Fireworks light the night sky in World Showcase Lagoon for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

The Sailing Ship Columbia is America's first ship to circumnavigate the globe!

The Sailing Ship Columbia is America’s first ship to circumnavigate the globe!

My friends, I hope you have enjoyed this look at some of the patriotic things that I appreciate at Disney.  I didn’t even share with you any of the Hall of Presidents or Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, but they could have easily been on this post as well!  Please take the time to stop by and visit with the other sites, and thank you for taking time to spend part of your day here at My Dreams of Disney!  Have a Magical Disney Day, everyone!

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