Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom
By James | Last updated August 18, 2023
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Liberty Square joins Fantasyland to Frontierland and has an 18th century Colonial American revolutionary-era feel to it. You can also get back to Main Street USA via a bridge to the central hub by Cinderella’s Castle.
In the distance you will hear the sounds of wolves howling from the Haunted Mansion mixed with the hooting of the horn of the Liberty Belle Riverboat
The buildings are of clapper board and brick with beautiful gardens full of azaleas. In the square is a 140 year old oak tree known as the “Liberty Tree”.
The Haunted Mansion (FastPass available)
This is a Disney classic; a ghost train ride that is more entertaining than scary set inside a gothic styled mansion house. As Disney themselves describe it – make yourself at “tomb sweet tomb” in the home of 999 happy haunts, where there’s “always room for one more.” Inside, hop on a Doom Buggy to get in the “spirit” of things.
As you approach the mansion, don’t forget to look at the collection of humorous tombstone inscriptions. Once inside you are met by cast members dressed as ghostly butlers and maids who play the part and escort you into a waiting room where the floor and ceiling appears to move. Very reminiscent of the Adams Family. The ride itself lasts around 8 minutes and you will see some great special effects culminating in a ghost joining you in your car.
You may find the lines very long particularly if the Liberty Belle riverboat has just docked or the The Hall of Presidents show has just finished.
The Hall of Presidents
This combination of life sized Audio Animatronics®, wide-screen cinema and story telling takes you through all the American presidents from George Washington right up to Donald Trump. Each president is dressed in historical costume and they nod, whisper and fidget throughout the performance.
The show lasts for 23 minutes and it is heavy on patriotism and the American Constitution so you might find it a bit too long for young children but it does offer an air conditioned escape for half an hour.
Lines can appear long but the theatre holds over 700 people so generally you only have to wait for the current show to end.
The Hall of Presidents shut in December 2016 for a nearly a year long refurbishment to update the audio-animatronic technology with high quality sound, lighting and projection on a 180 degree panoramic screen.
It re-opened on December 19, 2017 including the Donald Trump, the newest and controversial 45th President of the United States. There had been a lot of conjecture as to whether he would get a speaking part and it turns out he does like every president since Bill Clinton.
Liberty Square Riverboat
The Liberty Belle is an authentic replica of an old stern wheel paddle riverboat and it circles around Tom Sawyer Island on the Rivers of America.
The boat holds 450 passengers on three decks and is a pleasant way to spend 15 minutes viewing the riverside scenery if you have the time to spare.
The main parades runs through Frontierland, into Liberty Square and onto Cinderella’s Castle and Liberty Square can be a good place to watch it.
Eating in Liberty Square
There are a couple of good places to eat in Liberty Square.
The Liberty Tree Tavern offers both character dining and ordinary table service.
You can join Minnie Mouse and her friends dressed in Revolutionary War-era garb to feast on roasted turkey, marinated flank steak and other colonial favourites with all the trimmings.
Alternatively the table service restaurant offers traditional roast turkey, freshly prepared seafood, poultry, salads and sandwiches plus a colonial dinner featuring carved meat and traditional accompaniments.
The Columbia Harbor House offers a counter service selling sandwiches, salads, clam chowder and fish and chicken baskets.
The Sleepy Hollow sells snacks such as baked goods, fruit and beverages.