This Liberty Square Riverboat docks on the Rivers of America at Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World. The riverboat goes by the name of Liberty Belle.
Liberty Belle is designed to resemble a steamboat from the Colonial era. She spends her days sailing down the Rivers of America circling Tom Sawyer’s Island.
This old-fashioned boat ride provides unique views of several infamous attractions and landmarks within the Magic Kingdom. A ride on the Liberty Square Riverboat takes approximately 17 minutes for the full experience, plus give or take a few minutes for loading and unloading.
The table below lists pertinent information about riding the Liberty Belle Riverboat. While this is an anytime attraction for the most part, it’s important to know that it does close earlier than most rides.
|Liberty Square Riverboat||Magic Kingdom|
Disney Genie+ Eligible
Approx 17 minutes
Seats Per Vehicle:
3 Levels/Large Capacity
Taking a Break
Boat circles around Tom Sawyer Island
offering tremendous views.
Liberty Square Riverboat
Let me start by saying, I hated to mark this one as a low-priority attraction because it is one of my personal favorites. However, an attraction like the Liberty Square Riverboat does take up an investment of time that might not be worth the payoff for all guests.
As disappointing as it sounds, the Liberty Square Riverboat is on an underwater track that circles Tom Sawyer Island. She doesn’t actually run off steam. But you would never know it unless they had the water drained out of the area.
The trip around the island offers scenic views of Frontierland and Liberty Square. The boat ride is narrated and guests have the option to choose which level they would like to experience upon boarding.
Most of the spots toward the front of the boat are in direct sunlight, while the sides offer more shade. The boat has limited seating so try to secure that early if needed.
Some people might say that this attraction is similar to riding the ferry over to the Magic Kingdom. And that’s true if you took the ferry over, but the scenic views here are specific to the location.
The Liberty Square Riverboat is one of my go-to rides on a crowded day when I need to “get away” and decompress a little bit.
Liberty Belle loads on the second floor which is level with the waiting areas platform. The majority of guests will exit on the lower level of the boat. As you make your way to the dock, a cast member will direct you over the intercom to the unloading area.
This attraction usually closes prior to nightfall so keep that in mind if you would like to ride it.
Here’s a little photo tour of a ride on the Liberty Square Riverboat. We usually head up to the top floor when we first board.
And face out toward the front. You might see the Country Bears waving from the balcony to guests in Frontierland in the distance.
As you begin making your way down the Rivers of America you’ll begin to see popular attractions at an extremely unique viewpoint.
After passing Splash Mountain, Big Thunder will come into view around the corner. The views from the Liberty Square Riverboat are worth the ride.
As you get closer, you’ll begin to see train cars speeding by on the mountain.
And there are several little staged areas you would never see if you didn’t take a ride on the Liberty Belle.
You’ll pass through the alligator swamp.
I’m not for sure if he ever catches anything, but it sure looks peaceful.
There’s a nod toward Native American history. This narrator will fill you in on all the details as you pass by.
Here’s a close-up.
There are also a few places to check out some of the fun activities on the island.
And as you make your way back to the dock a few familiar sights come into view.
Like the Tangled Tower in the distance.
And the beloved Haunted Mansion ride. The Liberty Square Riverboat is about the only place you’ll get this special view of the mansion.
About this time the Liberty Belle’s boat dock will come back into view. It was a nice reprieve from the crowds of the park.
When you disembark the Liberty Square Riverboat, guests will head down to the lower level of the boat. Cast members will allow you to exit here and walk back up the sloped rampway. Meanwhile, they prepare to board the vessel on the floor above you.
I hope this review will encourage you to take a ride on the Liberty Square Riverboat during your next visit. If not, you might stop along the walkway and check her out as she sails on by.
She is beautiful in the morning.
And she’s beautiful in the evening.
Additionally, this is a pleasant spot to watch fireworks in the evening. There are some fun reflections of the fireworks that appear on the water here in this area. Besides that, it’s rarely crowded.
View the complete Liberty Square Riverboat experience via YouTube: Complete Boat Ride
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