This is Everything You Need to Know About Disney World’s Liberty Square
Disney World is a large theme park. We cannot debate this! How can we possibly navigate such a vast premises without guidance? Liberty Square – a smaller land of the many that make up the park is one allowing guests to step back in colonial America and see some of the historic ways of the past. In the next installment of our land series, here is everything you need to know about Liberty Square, one of the smaller of the many lands that make up Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Fun Facts about Liberty Square
- The music changes to historic turn of the century as you walk through Liberty Square
- Haunted Mansion, one of the oldest attractions at the parks is located here.
- The Liberty Bell is an exact replica of the original in Philadelphia with crack and all. It was created from the same mold as the original as well.
- The tree that sits in the centre of Liberty Square is over 130 years old. It was discovered during the construction of the park and was transplanted to its current location in the heart of Liberty Square.
- The Hall of Presidents is located here and was a vision of Walt Disney from the beginning. It showcases all the presidents who have sat in power and occupied the White House throughout the centuries.
- The Hall of Presidents finally reopened from refurbishment in late 2017 with the necessary upgrades.
- The Liberty Square Guest Relations is less busy and has some pretty cool pins to trade! They can also help you with dining reservations and other guest queries without the massive lines at Main Street USA.
Liberty Square Attractions
Even though this is one of the smaller lands in the Disney park, Liberty Square does have some poignant attractions that bring thousands of guests together. Walt Disney had a vision to bring Colonial America to his parks and the imagineers certainly did not disappoint.
This ride is such a popular one! And who wouldn’t enjoy a vintage home complete with spirits, cobwebs, and a ride to boot?
There are many treasures and fun facts to find within Disney World’s Haunted Mansion secrets. This seriously makes it an attraction you must see while visiting the parks. There are several Hidden Mickeys within the rooms, the horseshoes leading to the entrance are poignant, and of course familiar voices do come into play. For example, did you know the floating head in the dining room is the voice of Eleanor Audley, the talented woman who voiced Madame Tremaine and Maleficent? Well, she was a favourite of Walt Disney and asked to contribute to the overall feel of the attraction.
As you enter the building, guests are welcomed with a creepy presentation involving stretched photographs and loud cackles. Check out your surroundings and the cast member’s clothing. It truly depicts the venue of a manor complete with ghosts and haunts.
After the presentation, you are then escorted to the ride where you’ll be taken through each room of the mansion with narration in each car. Look closely at the shattered dishes in the kitchen. Check out the other rooms for a mass of Hidden Mickeys that are incredibly elusive.
Listen for Eleanor Audley as you pass through the dining room and see through the mirrors of the last room as the hitchhiking ghosts join you for the ride. This ride is such fun and a classic in the parks. You really should not miss it. The lines do get lengthy so consider using fast pass to save tons of precious time!
As you exit the ride, make sure you stop by the Pet Cemetery and pay homage to Mr. Toad. As his ride was retired in favour of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the imagineers do ensure his legacy lives on through several honorary and symbolic ways.
Hall of Presidents
This was an original attraction vision of Walt Disney. He wanted an attraction that honoured all the presidents in history who have led the USA through the centuries. The educational presentation, which only recently opened after a year of refurbishment, brings all 44 presidents together in one room for guests to learn further of their contributions that have brought the country to where it is today. The lobby is full of artifacts and personal treasures of many of the presidents. See everything from Clinton’s golf clubs to buttons off earlier leader’s wardrobes, to portraits, and classic gowns worn by many Presidential first ladies. Check out the chair…notice the hidden Mickey?
I was very impressed with this show. Not being from the United States, I found the presentation enlightening and educational. The short film is well done, summarizing some of the important events in American history that have shaped the nation to what it is today. And after the film, a stage of animatronics awaits.
The animatronics are introduced individually chronologically from George Washington all the way to the current president Mr. Trump. Some speak, uttering famous speeches and quotes throughout their tenures, reminding guests of the American Dream. It was surreal to see Abraham Lincoln reciting his Gettysburg Address once again. It was humbling to hear JFK’s famous quotes of unmatched patriotism, and hearing the presidents of today speak clearly to us all. I am glad that this attraction still stands today. It is a must for all to make time and see. I know there are political views out there, but the purpose of this exhibit is not to dispute Republicans vs. Democrats, or promises still to be addressed. It is a historic presentation bringing all the men together who have spent parts of their lives making the USA the country it is today.
Liberty Square Riverboat
This gorgeous boat is a to-scale replica of those found on the Mississippi that are used to transport people to and from destinations along the river. I mean, think back at the Princess and the Frog – remember seeing these beautiful boats in New Orleans? When this ride is open (it has been closed for refurbishment quite a bit lately), do set aside time to enjoy it. The Liberty Square Riverboat is a unique boat ride narrated by classic author Mark Twain, that takes you past the Frontierland attractions alongside Tom Sawyer Island. As you relax on the ride, check out the Native American Village, the early American settlements and animals along the way. It does need a little face lift as the animals seen from the boat don’t move and are stationary displays. With most of us expecting animatronics, the absence of these on this ride clearly screams update required. Another fun perk of this boat is Tiana’s Ice cream Social. For now, this event cannot be booked, but it is a great alternative to the dessert parties with a beautiful lit cruise to boot.
Muppets Present Great Moments in American History
Most of you know that i’m the biggest Muppets NERD. I have admitted to this adoration various times justifying my visits to the Centre for Puppetry Arts and tantrums over the removal of the balloon at Hollywood Studios.
So of course while at the Magic Kingdom I just had to take in the new show featuring my legless BFFs. The Muppets come out several times per day and entertain guests with witty jokes and commentary just above the Hall of Presidents building. Check out Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and Sam the Eagle as they take you through some of the biggest highlights in American history with a laugh or two in between.
Liberty Square Dining Options
No land at Disney World would be complete without options for repast. Here are your choices as you walk through the turn of the century America.
Liberty Tree Tavern
Located right beside the tree, this family restaurant is the epitome of the good ole days. Enjoy a traditional meal of fixings as they are brought to your table in sharing plates. You receive a plate of turkey, bowls of vegetables, macaroni, and bread, and dessert at the end. You spoon out portions to all at the table just like you would at a casual family dinner. The cast members are clad in their Americana uniforms totally depicting the days of the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth. We loved this restaurant. It doesn’t get the same hype as the character dining options, or those that are themed to particular movies, but honestly, it is so worth making a reservation. It counts as one food credit on the Deluxe dining plan.
Columbia Harbour House
A great quick service stop for New England favourites as chicken fingers, fried fish, lobster rolls, seafood and more. The pricing here isn’t too bad and is a perfect use of a Quick Service credit. Great. Now I’m craving a lobster roll…
Another table service restaurant that doesn’t receive the same response as character dining, the Diamond Horseshoe brings early American charm right to the table. Themed to the Old West, diners are treated to pulled pork, roast turkey, smoked sausage, and all the trimmings. Save room for dessert – a brownie topped with cream and marshmallows!
Liberty Square Market
Looking for a healthier option? Check out the Liberty Square market for fresh fruit, veggies, hot dogs, and more.
How about a waffle sandwich or decadent funnel cake? Head to this fun hot spot for some great snacks and treats. A perfect stop between lands to rest and take in the colonial Liberty Square. With an homage to the headless horseman, this is a great spot to use a snack credit.
A Ghostly Souvenir
In Liberty Square there are many possibilities to be enchanted. Not only can you dine in a turn of the century restaurant, get greeted by ghosts, and learn American history, but you can also take home some pretty cool souvenirs. But there is one shop that you must check out that is unlike any other in the Magic Kingdom Theme park:
This is the official Gift Shop for the Haunted Mansion ride! Here you can grab fun clothing depicting the designs and feel for the Haunted Mansion, trinkets, and my favourite, the ghost photos. Get a photo taken of yourself. Then, wait a few minutes for them to be processed. Hang them on the wall and your eyes will follow you across the room! So cool, yet, so creepy!
So there you have a quick and easy guide to Liberty Square at Walt Disney World with Disney Haunted Mansion Secrets, inside info on the few attractions, and justification on why it should be in your Magic Kingdom itinerary.
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