One of the most underrated lands in all of Disney World Resort is Liberty Square. This is a seriously awesome land, with incredible, historically accurate theming that makes the history buffs among us go crazy. It is on the smaller side, but it’s absolutely packed with things to see and do, completely making up for its size with tons of fun and food. Wondering what you absolutely must do during a visit to Liberty Square? Try these awesome options!
1. Haunted Mansion
Disney World just wouldn’t be Disney World without Haunted Mansion. This amazing, classic dark ride is a perfect mix of spooky and silly, and we’ve yet to meet a park goer who doesn’t enjoy it. Not only does the ride include some awesome animatronics and special effects, it also has an amazing score and a fun interactive queue that guests just can’t get enough of.
2. Memento Mori
If you love Haunted Mansion as much as we think you will, you’ll also love Memento Mori. This gift shop is full of creepy merchandise inspired by the mansion. Pick up some super cool original products or have a haunted portrait made of you. Just be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to shop around because you’re going to want it.
3. Columbia Harbor House
Need a quick meal that doesn’t involve burgers or chicken nuggets? If so, Columbia Harbor House is the stop for you. This yummy counter-service place serves up shrimp, fish, lobster rolls, and an amazing clam chowder that is just perfect for those rare chilly Florida days. Take a look around at the theming while you’re enjoying your meal, and keep an eye out for hidden Mickeys!
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4. The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History
The Muppets’ performances are always good for a laugh, and this show is no exception. In these history presentations, our favorite Muppet friends come together to act out important moments in early American history. That said, while they do seem to do their best to keep things accurate, there are also some pretty silly moments in each and every performance, making this an entertaining and educational experience.
5. Hall of Presidents
Prefer to stick to the educational and skip the silly? Hall of Presidents is an incredibly well done attraction that includes information on several great presidents, as well as some key parts of famous presidential speeches, all using awesome animatronics and a bit of video. Surprisingly, the show is interesting enough to hold the attention of children as well as adults, and it offers an excellent opportunity to get out of the sunshine for a bit.
6. Liberty Tree Tavern
Those looking for a table-service meal will appreciate Liberty Tree Tavern. This awesome eatery is super well themed right down to the period clothing of the waitstaff, making it feel as though you’re actually walking into an 18th century tavern. The menu consists of American comfort food classics, and everything served here is amazing.
7. Liberty Belle Riverboat
Disney World is full of hustle and bustle. Take a break from it all by hopping on the Liberty Belle Riverboat. This relaxing boat ride takes guests on a journey down the Rivers of America, where they can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Magic Kingdom without being surrounded by it.
8. Sleepy Hollow
Yet another awesome food option is the snack kiosk located near the bridge into Liberty Square. This kiosk, referred to as Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, serves up several guest favorites. Included among these is the sweet and spicy chicken waffle sandwich, as well as the fresh fruit waffle sandwich with chocolate-hazelnut spread. Both of these are super tasty, and each is a perfect light meal or filling snack to eat during the afternoon parade.
9. Amazing Theming
Finally, we must mention the awesome theming of Liberty Square. The whole place is made to feel like a colonial town. If you look, you’ll see lots of amazing historically accurate details that you may not expect. For instance, a quick glance at the ground will show you the “stream of sewage” that would’ve been found on any colonial American road. Meanwhile, the shutters are held in place by leather hinges, causing them to sag. This was common during the Revolutionary war because all metal was used to make ammunition including the metal from hinges. Finally, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for the Liberty Tree. During the American Revolution, the Liberty Tree—with all its lanterns—was an important landmark and symbol.