In this article, we visit Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. We’ll discuss the attractions, dining, and shopping options you can expect to find during your next visit.
Whether you pay much attention to it or not, theming at Walt Disney World significantly impacts your experience. For example, Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square is themed to the colonial period of the United States.
In addition to historical references, other details reveal educational aspects. Time spent in this land’s attractions might leave you feeling inspired or, even better, questioning the saga of our current time. A time when the word “patriots” shows up at the top of search engines as a football team instead of a type of person.
Until a few days ago, it had been a while since I spent much quality time in Liberty Square. As you can imagine, these Magic Kingdom land tours require updates occasionally. Those updates include spending a good portion of a day in each land, taking photos, and experiencing each attraction.
We provide these updates so that you will know what’s available. Who knows? You might want to try something new on your next visit.
Or, in this case, something new to you because everything here dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, even more specifically, the American Revolutionary War period. You can also get a giant turkey leg here, which from what I read on the Disney Tourist Blog, is the equivalent of a milkshake calorie-wise.
Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom
Here is a list of the attractions, dining, character meets, and shopping you’ll encounter while touring Liberty Square.
Attractions and Entertainment
- The Hall of Presidents
- Haunted Mansion
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- The Diamond Horseshoe
- Columbia Harbour House
- Liberty Square Market
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- Sleepy Hollow
- Seasonal Character Meets
- Liberty Square Parasol Cart
- Liberty Square Portrait Gallery
- Memento Mori
- Ye Old Christmas Shoppe
- Liberty Bell
- The Liberty Tree
*Unfortunately, the Muppets Present Great Moments in American History performance is no longer offered.
Liberty Square Attractions
Liberty Square sits directly between Fantasyland and Frontierland. An additional walkway connects the land to the center hub at Cinderella Castle.
Each of the three attractions in Liberty Square offers historical reference. For example, The Hall of Presidents was built to resemble Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
The Hall of Presidents
The Hall of Presidents is an original attraction that opened with Magic Kingdom in 1971. It was inspired by Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, which debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
The Hall of Presidents lasts approximately 25 minutes and plays every half-hour. A lobby is available for guests waiting on the next show to begin. The lobby is an attraction itself, with museum-like displays reflecting various presidents.
When it’s time for the next show to begin, you’ll enter the theater and find a seat. It’s an impressive theater with three giant projection screens.
As the film begins, it reflects on the office of the President of the United States. Dating back to George Washington, it shares our nation’s history, emphasizing the presidents who helped mold it.
Toward the end, audio-animatronics of each President appear on stage. A roll call of sorts is performed, and each President gives a nod in respect to the highlighted President.
It is a moving performance that plays to no political sides, promoting unity overall. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself applauding with the rest of the audience at the end. You’ll leave feeling refreshed by more than just the air conditioning.
For many of us, the Haunted Mansion is a must-do attraction. Located on the outskirts of Liberty Square, the mansion’s facade was inspired by various Gothic and Greek Revival styles of architecture.
Haunted Mansion has an interactive standby queue that offers several fun elements. However, Lightning Lane guests will bypass that portion of the queue.
Unfortunately, this attraction is so popular that it often has excessive wait times. So don’t be surprised if you end up waiting an hour or more if you elect to ride in standby.
Once you enter the mansion, you’ll be escorted through a variety of rooms, including a stretching room. After exiting the stretching room, you’ll board a doom buggy to go through the rest of the mansion.
Ghosts await your presence ahead. However, they are the friendliest of spirits. While the Haunted Mansion is considered a dark ride, it is slow-moving and more fun than scary. Additionally, this ride has no height requirements.
Related: Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom
Liberty Square Riverboat
Our last attraction in Liberty Square is the Liberty Square Riverboat. This attraction sets sail down the Rivers of America, traveling around Tom Sawyer Island on an authentic steam-powered boat sporting a large paddlewheel.
You can experience the Liberty Belle daily up until dusk. Since this attraction has a high capacity, the longest wait should be for the next departure.
It takes approximately 17 minutes for the boat to travel full circle. Along the way, you can take in views of the upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the Haunted Mansion.
We enjoy riding this attraction reasonably often and find it an excellent way to escape crowds on a busy day. It’s on our list of go-to attractions for busy holidays.
Character Meets in Liberty Square
Over the years, several characters have met in the gazebo at Liberty Square. At one time or another, we’ve seen Mary Poppins, Anastasia and Drizella, and Tiana have character meets at this location.
However, this location is currently being used seasonally. This past year we saw Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny meet here the week of Easter. Additionally, Santa Claus met here over the Christmas holidays.
Dining in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom
Now we’ll look at the dining options offered in Liberty Square. Liberty Square is home to several popular dining options, including one of the most popular counter-service restaurants in the park.
The Diamond Horseshoe
This table service restaurant is open seasonally and serves lunch and dinner. It’s located at the very edge of Liberty Square, bordering Frontierland.
As of late, The Diamond Horseshoe is serving the same offering as Liberty Tree Tavern next door. This makes sense, given their proximity and the fact that the restaurants share a kitchen.
Here is a photo of their menu, and we’ll go over the specific items below.
Liberty Tree Tavern
Liberty Tree Tavern invites guests to step back in time to Colonial Williamsburg for a family-style meal that can be compared to Thanksgiving. The restaurant is divided into six rooms representing figures in our country’s history.
Those rooms include:
- Benjamin Franklin
- Thomas Jefferson
- John Paul Jones
- Paul Revere
- Betsy Ross
- George Washington
On the menu, you’ll find the following:
- Roasted Turkey, Pot Roast, Oven-roasted Pork
- Seasonal Vegetables, Herbed Stuffing, Macaroni and Cheese
- Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake
At the time of this update, the all-you-care-to-enjoy meal is $39.00 for guests ages 10 and older and $21.00 for guests ages 3-9 years old.
Columbia Harbour House
Columbia Harbour House is the primary quick service restaurant in Liberty Square. This location serves seafood, chicken, and sandwiches.
Since I moved to Orlando, Columbia Harbour House has become one of my go-to quick service locations at Magic Kingdom. Usually, I stop for a bowl of their New England clam chowder or the fried shrimp kids’ meal. Both are great options.
You can dine downstairs or upstairs.
But most will agree that upstairs is more fun, especially if you can get a window seat.
So when I was taking photos to update this article, a teenager walked through Liberty Square carrying a tray with several shrimp boils. I immediately decided that was also what I would have for lunch if I could figure out where he got it.
Of course, it was Columbia Harbor House, and it turned out to be one of the best quick service meals I’ve had in the parks. It was packed with eight sizable shrimp, several slices of sausage, potatoes, corn on the cob, and two Parker House rolls. Between us, it was a steal at less than $20.00.
Liberty Square Market
Liberty Square Market sits in the center of Liberty Square. This is the location where you can pick up a turkey leg. They do look and smell delicious.
You can also pick up other snacks at this location, including an all-beef grilled hot dog and Mickey-shaped pretzels.
A case in front of the market sells items like Gold Peak Sweet Tea, Minute Maid Apple Juice, Powerade, Sodas, Smart Water, and Bottled Water. They also had pickle-in-a-pouch, Cuties (three-packs), and mini Babybel snack cheese.
A few pre-packaged chips and individual fruits were part of the display.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
Sleepy Hollow is another popular quick service restaurant in Liberty Square. This is the first building on the right after entering Liberty Square from the castle.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments has funnel cakes, waffle sandwiches, and hand-dipped corn dogs.
In addition to these popular treats, a standard beverage menu is available.
Shopping in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom
Several shopping locations are unique to Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom, including one that sells Christmas items year-round.
Liberty Square Parasol Cart
For starters, the Liberty Square Parasol Cart sells parasols. You can have one custom-made by adding your name or other details. Here are a few photos and the price list.
Liberty Square Portrait Gallery
Across from the parasol cart sits the Liberty Square Portrait Gallery. This is an excellent place to have a silhouette made or have your portrait sketched. Here are a few photos and the price list for each item.
Memento Mori sits outside the Haunted Mansion in one of the most obscure locations. We recently visited with some friends that talked about how the store had probably been sitting there for years before they realized it.
I remember, years ago, reading where someone else was browsing the store and wondering how I missed that. So if you love the Haunted Mansion, you might enjoy browsing Memento Mori the next time you’re in the area.
It’s a small gift shop, but all the merchandise is related to the Haunted Mansion.
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe is another well-themed store that sells Christmas ornaments. It sits across the walkway from The Hall of Presidents.
This popular gift shop tends to stay busy. Many guests have traditions where they pick out a new ornament each year to commemorate a return visit.
Ornaments can be personalized. Here are the options.
A cast member usually sits in the corner of the shop hand-painting the customizations.
Children can compose a letter to Santa while visiting the gift shop. A mailbox sits nearby.
A Few Extras in Liberty Square
In addition to all we’ve discussed, a few more items in Liberty Square are worth mentioning.
Liberty Bell Replica
For starters, there’s the replica of the Liberty Bell that’s flanked by flagpoles centered in Liberty Square. The flags surrounding this semblance of American Independence represent the original 13 colonies that became the formation of our great country.
The bottom of the plaque reads, “This replication was truly cast for Liberty Square using the same mould from whence the original bell was sprung.”
The Liberty Tree
An elm tree sits nearby the Liberty Bell representing the Liberty Tree.
Thirteen lanterns hang from its branches representing the original colonies.
If you take a moment to look at the building facades in Liberty Square, you’ll notice that some of the shutters are crooked. During this period, England had quit shipping metal to America so the colonies wouldn’t use it for ammunition.
In turn, the people began removing the metal used to hang shutters and used it to make ammunition. They replaced the metal for the shutters with leather. Naturally, as the leather became worn, the shutters shifted and were no longer evenly hung. Hence, crooked shutters.
Another fun fact is that Liberty Square doesn’t have public restrooms. This is because there was no such thing as indoor plumbing during this time period.
Therefore, the nearest restrooms are in the Tangled restroom area that borders the land. Additionally, restrooms are available in nearby Frontierland.
Lastly, the Festival of Fantasy Parade marches through Liberty Square daily. Liberty Square is an excellent location if you would like to enjoy the parade without all the hassle of finding a spot an hour beforehand.
Liberty Square is one of those park areas where you’ll probably spend more time than expected if you take the time to appreciate it. I was once again surprised at how long it took me to pause and consume everything the land offered.
Sometimes we get caught up in rushing through the parks with the mindset that attractions like The Hall of Presidents and the Liberty Square Riverboat are skippable. I’m guilty of it, too.
But, ultimately, they are both excellent attractions that I doubt you’ll regret taking the time to do. Besides, this representation of history wasn’t that long ago and is not something we should easily forget.
So far, we’ve visited the following lands in Magic Kingdom:
- Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom
- New Fantasyland (The Enchanted Forest)
- Storybook Circus at Magic Kingdom
- Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom
- Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom
- Adventureland (Magic Kingdom)
- Frontierland in Magic Kingdom
If you plan to spend time at Magic Kingdom, you might consider staying at a nearby Magic Kingdom Resorts. They are as follows:
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
In the Comments
What do you think of Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom? Do you enjoy touring the area?