Ten Fast Facts About Liberty Square

It's almost time for America to celebrate another Independence Day, so I thought I thought we should kick off this most patriotic season with ten fast facts about the Magic Kingdom's very own Liberty Square.

Ten Fast Facts About Liberty SquareTen Fast Facts About Liberty Square

  1. Walt Disney World is the only Disney Park to have a Liberty Square, and there are more eateries (4) in it than attractions (3).

  2. Every colonial town had a tree that patriots designated the "Liberty Tree," in Liberty Square Thirteen Lanterns representing each of the 13 original colonies hang upon it.

  3. The Liberty Tree is a 130 year old live oak that was found on property about six miles away and transported to it's current location. It weighed 38 tons.

  4. The Liberty Bell on display in Liberty Square was cast for Walt Disney World in Annecy-le Vieux, France by the Paccard Fonderie, using the exact same mold as the original Liberty Bell. When struck it plays an E Flat.

  5. Liberty Bell & Liberty TreeLiberty Bell & Liberty Tree

  6. Though while traveling the Rivers of America on the Riverboat you'll hear audio that calls for "Mark Twain" (a measurement of 2 fathoms or 12 feet) in reality however the popular waterway is only about 7 feet deep.

  7. The Haunted Mansion is the only attraction at four Disneyland type Parks, but located in a different land in each (Disneyland-New Orlean's Square, WDW-Liberty Square, Tokyo-Fantasyland, Paris-Frontierland).

  8. If you stand and watch Madam Leota's tombstone in the Haunted Mansion queue, you may notice her looking back at you.

  9. George Washington's Beer MugGeorge Washington's Beer Mug

  10. There is an homage to Mr. Toad in the Pet Cemetary at the Haunted Mansion. Be sure to look as you exit the attraction.

  11. Bill Clinton was the first serving President to record his own voice for the Hall of Presidents.

  12. The Hall of Presidents in home to several revolutionary era artifacts, including George Washington's beer mug.

Gateway to Liberty SquareGateway to Liberty Square

Do you know a bit of Liberty Square trivia that I haven't mentioned here? There is certainly a lot! Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite piece of Liberty Square trivia is!

Sara wrote on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 19:15:

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I love Liberty Square! The Haunted Mansion is our favorite attraction at MK. Make sure you check out the roof to spot the chess pieces!

Kaitlin wrote on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 19:24:

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As a tribute to Paul Revere there are two lanterns glowing in one of the windows at Liberty Square. This is taken from a popular line (One if by land, two if by sea) in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride"

Annie Fisher wrote on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 19:46:

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To add to #4, after the bell was removed from the cast, it cracked and can never be used again. So, only the original Liberty Bell and the one in Disney will ever exist using that mold.

Also, note that in the colonial area there were no indoor bathrooms. Rather, colonials threw their bedpans in the street. This is denoted with a brown path down the middle of the Liberty Square. Furthermore, note the costumes that the Cast Members wear in Liberty Square. Women working indoors have ankle length costumes, as it was proper in that time. But women who had to work outdoors during that area couldn't drag their dresses through the "bedpan materials" in the street, so their dresses are calf length.

Lastly, all the audioanimatronic presidents in the Hall of Presidents are as authentic as the Imagineers could make them. For example, if the president would have worn hand-sewn clothes, the suit on the audioanimatronic is hand-sewn. If the president wears glasses, the same prescription is in those glasses on the audioanimatronic. FDR has braces on his legs underneath his pants.

Fun article!

Marion Gagliano wrote on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 20:28:

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I love Liberty Square. Hall of Presidents, Haunted Mansion, Christmas store in Liberty Square. Love it all.

PirateGirl wrote on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 23:39:

I love American History and I make sure that I get to Liberty Square and especially see the Hall of Presidents.

Jack wrote on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 00:05:

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The haunted mansion is where my wife and I had our very first kiss. It is also where I proposed to her.
Thank you Disney World, dreams really do come true!

Lizz wrote on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 04:12:

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Luv the haunted mansion while not my attraction I go
On it always , The 1st time I went on it yrs
Ago as a child b4 WDW wuz open I went2 Disneyland
& wuz terrified of this ride now I go 2 WDW since
I live nearby ... My fave rides are Soarin/PeterPan
I heard Japan did some update on their Soarin will this
Happen at WDW? I heard it wuz something like a Soarin
World have u any idea if this is true? Thanx for any help

Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 13:40:

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Sara, Kaitlin & Annie - Thanks so much for adding to our Liberty Square facts!

Lizz - I haven't heard anything yet about Epcot's Soarin' but I'll be sure to keep my ears open.

iris wrote on Sat, 07/27/2013 - 14:17:

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I enjoyed reading about one of my favorite lands in MK. Great additions by the readers as well.
Thanks :)

Joe wrote on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 01:41:

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Not sure of the name of it, but that little waffle stand right next to the little bridge to go back to the hub(you know the one!) HAS to be the only place to get Chicken and Waffles in a Disney park.

Cindy wrote on Thu, 10/03/2013 - 16:08:

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I just found Walt Disney World For Grown Ups and have spent the last two hours catching up on articles like this one. I LOVE IT!!!! Liberty Square is my favorite area of the Magic Kingdom and I could sit under the Liberty Tree for hours to absorb the ambiance. Keep up the good work!

Michelle wrote on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 05:18:

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The shutters near the windows in Liberty Square are crooked. This is because during the time period that L.S. represents, the shutters would have been secured by leather, which warps due to exposure to the elements.

Lori wrote on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 20:20:

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There are no restrooms in Liberty Square in keeping with the time period theme.

Roz wrote on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 21:19:

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We learned in the tour a couple of years ago that the windows over the side of the Hall of Presidents towards the paddle boat have a gun in the window. The gun represented that a "Minuteman" lived inside and could be depended on for help. That was also where we too learned about the sagging shingles due to the hinges being made of leather.

Donna Jones-Delaney wrote on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 21:31:

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There are two lanterns in the second floor window.
At one point I thought I had read somewhere that the Liberty Bell was actually the replica made for the state of Pennsylvania? There were replica Liberty Bell's made for every state and since Pennsylvania had the actual Bell in Philadelphia the replica was donated to Walt Disney World? I would like to know if that is true?
Thanks for all your trivia!

Kristen K. wrote on Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:22:

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Donna - I do know that Disney's Liberty Bell was indeed cast from the same mold as the original Liberty Bell. I'm unsure though if the replica was donated by Pennsylvania.

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