Magical Blogorail: Lands of The Magic Kingdom – Liberty Square

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a tour of the Lands at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park.


You have arrived at Walt Disney World! Now, where do you start? Most will recommend that you begin your visit at The Magic Kingdom. If you’ve followed this loop in order, you will know that there are many Lands in this particular park. I hope to show you why the smallest of them is still worth your time!

I am concluding the tour of the Lands of The Magic Kingdom with:

LIBERTY SQUARE

View from the Liberty Belle riverboat

“From this Gateway stirs a new nation waiting to be born. Thirteen separate colonies have banded together to declare their independence from the bonds of tyranny. It is a time when silversmiths put away their tools and march to the drums of a revolution, a time for gentlemen planters to leave their farms and become generals, a time when tradesmen leave the safety of home to become heroes. Welcome to Liberty Square!
―Entrance Plaque

This Land was adapted from a Disneyland concept called Liberty Street, which would have extended from Main Street USA. Themed after colonial America, replicas of both the Liberty Bell and the Liberty Tree can be seen here. Two very popular attractions are also found here, namely The Haunted Mansion and The Hall of Presidents. You can also find the beautiful Liberty Belle steamboat.

Many beautiful sights can be enjoyed from her deck:

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The following thumbnails will attest to this fact:

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Below you can see The Liberty Belle coming and going:

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You can even find references to old live-action movies, like Wilson’s Cave Inn from the Davy Crockett adventures where he met Mike Fink. Mike Fink’s Keel Boats ran on the same waters as the Liberty Belle from 1971 to 1997.

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And some good-natured fun can be had in the stockades! Although, I doubt prisoners found them much fun back in the day!

Here are some Fun Facts about Liberty Square:

  • Find the replica of the House of Burgesses and look upstairs in the window to find Paul Revere’s lanterns signifying “Two if by sea”.
  • The Liberty Tree is an actual 100-year-old oak found on the property and transplanted, with a younger oak grafted into the base.
  • The Liberty Bell replica was cast from the mold of the actual Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. It is the only bell ever cast from these molds.
  • The Liberty Bell was placed in Liberty Square in 1987 to commemorate the U.S. Constitution’s bicentennial.
  • There are architectural representations of each of the original Thirteen Colonies.
  • The state flags of each of the original 13 states, as well as the American flag, fly in a plaza in the center of Liberty Square.

There are three restaurants to choose from: Columbia Harbour House, Sleepy Hollow, and the Liberty Tree Tavern. Shopping opportunities are slim!

So if you like history and want a smattering of it during your next vacation, be sure to take in the atmosphere and edutainment of Liberty Square!

For more tours of the lands of the Magic Kingdom, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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50 Days: Liberty Square Riverboat

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

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day50 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Can you believe that we have already counted down halfway through our list of 100 things to do at Disney World?  It’s crazy how fast time flies, and before I know it, we’ll be on the road to Florida!

Today we are taking a look at an attraction known as the Liberty Square Riverboat, which features the Liberty Belle, named after Walt Disney’s wife Lillian, as the vessel that will take you around the Rivers of America on your journey.  This is a fun, relaxing, “take me back in time” type of attraction, one that you can get on, look around the ship, see some parts of Walt Disney World that you don’t normally see, and just relax for a while.  After a long day of going all throughout the parks, there are certainly times when this attraction is the perfect respite to ease your tired feet!

In addition to the daytime operation of the Liberty Belle, you can also appreciate the Liberty Belle after dark when you are watching Wishes.  As you probably know, the Liberty Belle stops running in the evening in order to prepare for the famous fireworks show.  However, the string lights are still lit, and it can be fun to get a tranquil look at Liberty Square and the Liberty Square Riverboat after hours too!  Just check out this photo I took some years back.

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For a unique perspective on Wishes, take some pictures from over in Liberty Square!

One night a couple of weeks ago I was thinking about the Liberty Belle and how cool it would be to be able to take a ride on it after dark.  That got my imagination going, and I started thinking, wouldn’t it be neat if the Imagineers made some sort of special run of the Liberty Belle — perhaps during one of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — and operate the Liberty Belle as a special “Ghost” ride?  I think it would be quite the setting for an evening of fun — who knows, maybe they could even turn it into a special dinner show type event.  I know I’m rambling a bit, but those sorts of ideas excite me.  What do you think about them?

Do you and your family enjoy the Liberty Square Riverboat, or do you pass it on by?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

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.

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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.

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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

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17 Days: The Haunted Mansion

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Sophie and Anna Jane after Anna Jane’s first trip on the Haunted Mansion!

Hello, everyone, I am your host — your Ghost Host!  Today we are at #Day17 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and as you might have figured out by now, we are taking a look at the Haunted Mansion, located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom!

The Haunted Mansion is a crowd favorite, full of fun, mild thrills and chills, and, best of all, 999 Happy Haunts!  They are always looking for more guests, do you volunteer to become number 1,000 in the house?

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The Haunted Mansion is home to 999 Happy Haunts — will you become number 1,000?!

My favorite part of the ride is when we ascend up into the attic and see the bride with the hatchet!  Then, descending down into the graveyard is quite a bit of fun as well.

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The Haunted Mansion has a very somber atmosphere about it, don’t you think?

What do you think of this attraction?  Did you know that it’s a Magic Kingdom original attraction? Does it scare your young children, or do they love it?  Do you ride it multiple times, or are you getting sick of it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

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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