Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom
Each land in the Magic Kingdom transports you to a different time or place. By paying a visit to Liberty Square, you’ll travel back in time to the Colonial Era. Though this is the smallest land in the park, it contains one of the most iconic Disney attractions and two yummy restaurants. You’re going to want to stop in. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
By the way, this post is part of a series on all of the “lands” of Disney and Universal. You can check them all out here!
You can enter Liberty Square by taking the pathway from the hub that’s at about 10 o’clock, if you think of the hub as a clock face. You’ll walk straight into a town square from the late eighteenth century, with one particularly imposing, white-columned building on your right. This is the Hall of Presidents. It’s a 25-minute show that tells the history of the United States and features audio-animatronics of all 45 Presidents. The artistic and engineering prowess of the Imagineers is on full display here. If you’re a history buff, this is one not to miss.
Back out in the town square, you’ll see the waterfront and a large boat dock. Here you can board the Liberty Belle Riverboat for a tour around Tom Sawyer Island on the Rivers of America.
This is a 17 minute trip that you can make either standing or sitting. It’s a nice, relaxing ride, and the only thing you’ll have to wait for is the boat to come back to the dock from its current tour before you can board.
Once you’ve completed your boat tour, keep walking northward along the riverfront path towards a regal looking, red brick manor home. This is the famous Haunted Mansion, and you do not want to miss it. You’ll board a Doom Buggy for a tour of the mansion and its 999 happy haunts.
Although the ride is spooky, it’s also full of fun and whimsy. It’s not actually scary, but it has everything a good Disney attraction needs: immersive theming, a catchy song and amazing special effects. We think this one is particularly fun to do at nighttime when you walk outside to dark surroundings versus the bright Florida sunshine.
That’s all for attractions - this is a very small land after all - so let’s move on to dining and shopping.
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Across the street from the Haunted Mansion is Columbia Harbor House, which is inexplicably closed during COVID-19. It is still one of our favorite quick service dining locations. You can get a variety of seafoods here - a lobster roll, grilled shrimp or grilled salmon - as well as a yummy chicken pot pie or chicken nuggets.
Walking back down the street towards the center of Liberty Square, you’ll pass the Liberty Square Market, a snack stand with turkey legs and overpriced fruit. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, turn left towards Cinderella Castle and visit Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, on your left just before the bridge to the Hub. They serve waffle sandwiches made with nutella and fresh fruit or strawberries and whipped cream. You can also get funnel cakes here. Or make it a meal with a sweet-and-spicy chicken and waffle sandwich. How this kind of food fits the colonial era theme, we aren’t quite sure. But it’s too tasty for us to care.
If you want a real meal and a chance to sit down, then walk back to the square and turn left towards Frontierland. You’ll come to the Liberty Tree Tavern, where you’ll dine on a three course, all-you-can-eat meal inside a restaurant themed like an 18th century American tavern. It’s the kind of place where the Founding Fathers sat around talking about revolution (picture the set of Hamilton), so of course it’s only fitting that your feast be a spin on Thanksgiving Dinner.
You’ll have pot roast and oven-roasted pork to enjoy in addition to roasted turkey, and the sides include a delicious house-made macaroni and cheese. But the real start of the show is the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake for dessert. This is vanilla cake filled with toffee and chocolate chips, topped with vanilla ice cream, then drizzled in chocolate sauce and more toffee chocolate chips. YUM!
After a meal that size, you might need to spend some time ambling through shops before getting on your next ride, so let’s take a quick tour of the souvenirs you can purchase here in Liberty Square. Just around the corner from the Liberty Tree Tavern is Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, where you can buy Christmas decor year-round. They have a huge variety of characters featured in here, so it’s definitely worth a look.
This little town square also includes the Liberty Square Parasol Cart and the Liberty Square Portrait Gallery, where you can get customized parasols and silhouettes, respectively. Back up the river path, across from the Haunted Mansion, you’ll find Memento Mori, which means “remember you must die.” You guessed it - this is the Haunted Mansion’s gift shop, where you’ll find everything from t-shirts and Minnie Mouse ears to some truly beautiful artwork and home decor.
And that wraps up our tour of Liberty Square! Although it’s a small land, you’ll definitely want to stop on by for a tour of the famed Haunted Mansion, if not for a meal as well.