The most patriotic land in the Magic Kingdom is Liberty Square where guests can travel through Revolutionary times to get a taste of quintessential Americana. Guests who explore all that Liberty Square has to offer can rub elbows with the Presidents, dine on delicious seafood, interact with ghosts, and take a serene cruise on an old fashioned riverboat. With so many great experiences to enjoy, there are tons of details throughout the Liberty Square which make the area seem cohesive. Some of these details are overt and some are hidden for guests to stumble upon and enjoy. No matter what the detail or secret is, Liberty Square feels like a real place in time and history because of it. Here are seven hidden secrets in Liberty Square in Walt Disney World.
7. A Nautical Hidden Mickey
The only quick service dining location in Liberty Square is the Columbia Harbour House which serves up fresh seafood in a nautical setting. Guests who dine at Columbia Harbour House are treated to dark wood paneled rooms and an upstairs seating area with windows that overlook Liberty Square. Many of the props scattered throughout the restaurant look as though they came directly off of a ship, and one specific piece holds a Hidden Mickey. Guests who look closely can spot a framed poster featuring three maps which come together to form a Hidden Mickey.
6. A Special Candle
While strolling through Liberty Square, guests should take their time to enjoy the architecture and details on all of the surrounding buildings. Guests who notice a second story window will spy a single candle burning that has roots in a historical story. The candle is a reference to Revolutionary times when Paul Revere issued the famous warning “one if by land, two if by sea.” The one candle is a great example of how small details help to make Liberty Square as real as possible.
5. A Familiar Name
The Liberty Square Riverboat is a beautiful ship which takes guests on a leisurely tour of the Rivers of America offering up scenic views of both Frontierland and Liberty Square along the way. While sailing along, guests are treated to a narration by a man named Samuel Clemens who shares his knowledge and tidbits about the Rivers of America. While the name might seem random, Samuel Clemens is the real name of famed author Mark Twain who loved the mighty Mississippi River. The names Clemens can also be found on nearby Tom Sawyer Island at Fort Clemens.
4. Brown Pavement
Much of the pavement in Liberty Square is the same color to help it blend in and keep guests eyes looking up at nearby attractions and details. Guests who do look down might notice a brown streak that is several feet wide running along the street near the curb. In traditional Revolutionary times no indoor plumbing existed, so many people would take their waste and dump it from their windows into the streets outside. The brown pavement throughout Liberty Square is a detail which accurately represents the sewage of early Americans! Gross when you think about it, but a great detail to make Liberty Square feel authentic!
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3. A Familiar Voice
One of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World is the Haunted Mansion which takes guests into Gracey Manor where they find themselves amidst nine hundred and ninety nine happy haunts. The first spirit that guests encounter when entering into the stretching room is the disembodied Ghost Host who follows them throughout the attraction narrating their experience. Many guests feel as though the voice of the Ghost Host sounds familiar and to most it actually is! The Ghost Host is voiced by Paul Frees, a legendary voice actor who used his talents to perform as the Ghost Host at the Haunted Mansion, the Auctioneer in Pirates of the Caribbean, and as the animated Disney character Ludwig Von Drake.
2. A Historic Instrument
The most iconic scene from the Haunted Mansion is the ballroom in which guests finally see the happy haunts out socializing in a swinging wake. The ghostly inhabitants of the Haunted Mansion are waltzing, celebrating a birthday, and even playing music. On the far side of the ballroom, there is a ghost playing a massive pipe organ which is expelling eerie skulls with each note. The organ in the Disneyland version of the Haunted Mansion is the same one used by Captain Nemo in the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the one in Walt Disney World was created in the famous organ’s likeness.
1. Moving Through Time
The buildings of Liberty Square encompass a wide array of time periods and historical eras. The Haunted Mansion’s building was inspired by traditional homes of the 1700s in the historic Hudson River Valley in New York. As guest move further away from the Haunted Mansion and through Liberty Square towards Frontierland, they should pay attention to the architecture and number on each building. The architecture becomes more traditional to the 1800s as guests move through the land, and the number on each building corresponds to the second two digits of the year in both the 1700s and 1800s that the building would be traditionally found in. These small details are what help to make Liberty Square such an amazing place for guests to explore and enjoy!