Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park

Where to Play, Eat & Shop in Liberty Square – Disney World Guide

As a fervent believer in the promise of America, Walt Disney was known for his patriotism, and few places are more representative of that love of country than Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. While the idea was initially envisioned as an extension of Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland, Liberty Square eventually made its way to Florida and Disney’s new Magic Kingdom Park—and the rest, as they say, is history.

And we mean that quite literally. Aside from the grim, grinning ghosts that call the land’s Haunted Mansion home, strolling through Liberty Square can feel like taking a step back in time, specifically the time period of the American Revolutionary War, from colonial-era architecture and accoutrement down to the lack of plumbing.

But just what does this patriotic part of the Walt Disney World Resort have in store for guests? Grab your tricorn (that’s the iconic three-cornered hat worn by aristocrats, soldiers and commonfolk alike during the 18th century) as we delve into everything you can see and do in Liberty Square. We hope you’re ready for a history lesson!

Haunted Mansion during middle of day

Liberty Square, A Walt Disney World Exclusive with Colonial-Era Credibility

Though you’ll find some incredible theming throughout the other lands at Magic Kingdom, nothing can compare to the meticulous historical accuracy found in Liberty Square. From faithfully recreated architectural styles to a replica Liberty Bell and much, much more, this quaint corner of Magic Kingdom Park is a loving ode to colonial America.

In fact, simply traveling through Liberty Square from the area around Haunted Mansion near Fantasyland and over to Frontierland is like taking a trip through not only time but across the United States. So, as you’re walking around, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the many design details sprinkled around the land like patriotic pixie dust.

A Whirlwind Tour of Colonial America

Your American adventure begins near Fantasyland at the Haunted Mansion, which is designed to resemble the Dutch Gothic-style homes of the Hudson River Valley during the late 17th and early 18th centuries in upstate New York. From there, it’s onto The Hall of Presidents and the Georgian-style architecture that was prominent in Philadelphia during our nation’s founding. Notice the two-digit house numbers on the doors in the area? Just stick an 18 in front of the address, and you’ve got the time period in which those homes would have been designed.

While we’re here, be sure to take a look at two of the land’s most prominent features: replicas of both the Liberty Bell and Liberty Tree. Created for America’s Bicentennial, the replica of the bell was originally intended for Pennsylvania. However, since the original was already located in Philadelphia, Walt Disney World asked state officials if they could make it the centerpiece of Liberty Square. Luckily, they said “yes,” making Florida the only state with two Liberty Bell replicas.

Near the bell is a massive oak tree, which is hung with 13 lanterns representing the 13 colonies. Known as the Liberty Tree, the 135-year-old tree represents a famous elm that once stood in Boston, Massachusetts, and was both a powerful symbol and rallying point for protesters against the Crown. Liberty Square’s version, as the story goes, was even chosen by Walt himself from elsewhere on Disney property.

Tree with lanterns in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park

Some of the more subtle details in Liberty Square can be seen in this part of the land’s many windows, which themselves serve as a window to life during colonial times. For example, you might see that many of the shutters hang at a rather jaunty angle. This is because metal was scarce during the Revolutionary War, and folks would strip it from any source they could find in order to craft more ammunition. This even included the metal brackets for their window shutters, which were then replaced by strips of leather. Naturally, the leather would stretch over time, causing the shutters to hang askew.

Another window pays homage to Paul Revere. Remember the saying, “one if by land, and two if by sea,” that was coined by American poet Henry W. Longfellow? Two lanterns placed in the window of one Liberty Square building serve as a nod to Revere and his famed midnight ride. Luckily, at least one neighbor is a Minuteman ready for the coming incursion. See the rifle resting on a windowsill near the exit for The Hall of Presidents? This was used to indicate that the man of the house wasn’t just home but also armed and ready to join the fray. The Redcoats are coming!

Lastly, it’s onward to Frontierland and the Wild West. Your last stop in Liberty Square, and the bridging point between the colonial-themed land and Frontierland, is The Diamond Horseshoe. Made to resemble a building in 1820s-era St. Louis along the mighty Mississippi River, this rustic saloon also marks one of the starting points of Western Expansion.

Before we get to all the attractions, restaurants and shops you can find in Disney’s tribute to colonial America, here’s one last history lesson for you—or, if you will, Liberty Square’s dirty little secret. Remember how we mentioned that there wasn’t any indoor plumbing during the American Revolution? Similarly, no restrooms are located in Liberty Square. Though it’s true that guests can go to the loo in both Columbia Harbour House and Liberty Tree Tavern, the restrooms were constructed so far back in each of the restaurants that they are technically considered part of Fantasyland and Adventureland, respectively. Talk about historical accuracy!

Of course, the question remains, where did all that waste go back in the day? They threw it out their windows and into the streets. Now, look down at the ground in Liberty Square. Notice that river of brown that flows throughout the land? You guessed it! That’s symbolic “sewage” that you’re stepping in. Fortunately, you don’t need to run and wipe off your feet.

Where to Play, Eat and Shop in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square

Although Liberty Square might be the smallest land in Magic Kingdom, there is still plenty to see and do in this part of the park, including three attractions, several dining outlets and a handful of shops.

Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park

Liberty Square Rides & Other Attractions

Haunted Mansion

Jump in a slow-moving Doom Buggy and set out on a grave adventure through an eerie estate on the Haunted Mansion. With your Ghost Host as your guide, this spirited open house will transport you through several chilling scenes, such as Madame Leota’s séance room, a mind-bending chamber of staircases à la M.C. Escher, a haunted ballroom and a ghoulish graveyard. As one of the original 23 attractions available on the park’s opening day, no trip to Magic Kingdom is complete without touring the Haunted Mansion.

The ride is so popular, in fact, that it can get very busy during the day. Luckily, there are tons of interactive activities in the queue to keep you busy while you wait, or simply pull up the Play Disney Parks app on your phone. Worried that it might be too scary for your little one? Although the attraction is dark and a bit spooky at times, the 999 happy haunts that call the Haunted Mansion home are friendly, making it a must-do for guests of all ages.

Lightning Lane Availability: Disney Genie+

Height Restriction: Any Height

Best for: All Ages

Liberty Belle Riverboat cruising through Frontierland in Magic Kingdom Park

Liberty Square Riverboat

Climb aboard the Liberty Belle, a steam-powered paddlewheeler, for a leisurely cruise down the Rivers of America on the Liberty Square Riverboat. This half-mile, 17-minute tour through Liberty Square and Frontierland encircles Tom Sawyer Island and echoes the voyage once made by those heading west at the start of the American frontier.

As you float down the Rivers of America, listen to tales of life along the mighty Mississippi, as told through the voice of American icon and author Mark Twain. Another of the park’s opening-day attractions (Ok, technically, it opened the day after, but who’s counting?), the boat ride is a relaxing way to see some of the themed lands in Magic Kingdom and rest your feet for a while.

Lightning Lane Availability: None

Height Restriction: Any Height

Best for: All Ages

The Hall of Presidents

Without a doubt, the heart of Liberty Square is The Hall of Presidents. Featuring three massive screens, a stirring film about the United States’ founding, and impressive audio-animatronics of our nation’s 45 presidents—Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president—this immersive attraction is sure to put you in a patriotic mood. (Or put you to sleep. We’re not going to lie—the room is pretty dark and cozy, and the 25-minute show can get long.)

The Hall of Presidents is a great example of both Walt Disney’s love of country and inspiring ingenuity, as it builds upon his groundbreaking 1964 New York World’s Fair attraction: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Before the show, be sure to take some time to appreciate the many artifacts located in the waiting area, which is a federally recognized presidential museum.

You’ll also want to watch out for another important symbol of America’s history: the Seal of the President of the United States. In fact, in addition to the original Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the attraction is the only other site outside the White House that is authorized to display the presidential seal—and it took an Act of Congress to make it happen. There’s even a gate around the seal to prevent people from walking on it.

Lightning Lane Availability: None

Height Restriction: Any Height

Best for: All Ages

Liberty Square Characters & Entertainment

We’ll be honest. There isn’t too much to do around this part of Magic Kingdom when it comes to entertainment or Disney characters. Sadly, you can no longer see The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History, which is a shame because it was charming, to say the least. That said, Mary Poppins has been known to hang out in the gazebo behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in the past. So, it’s worth stopping by or checking the My Disney Experience app to see if she’s there.

One thing the land does offer, however, is pretty great views of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, as well as the park’s two character cavalcades. The parade route runs from Frontierland and throughout Liberty Square before crossing the bridge out onto the Hub and exiting on Main Street, U.S.A.. So, if you’re in the area when one rolls past, be sure to take a break and enjoy the show.

Dining house with ship wheel

Liberty Square Restaurants

Columbia Harbour House

Fittingly designed to look like an inn in the bustling port city of Boston during the mid-1700s, Columbia Harbour House cooks up cozy seafood fare and other New England-inspired classics. As close to a hidden gem as you can get in Magic Kingdom, this quick-service restaurant offers seafaring vibes, plentiful seating and dishes that are well above average. After your meal, take some time to appreciate the various themed rooms.

Cost: Lunch & Dinner – $14.99 and under per adult

Cuisine: American

What to Get: Lobster Roll, New England Shrimp Boil, Trio Platter, New England Clam Chowder

Reservations: None, Mobile Order available

Various fruits at a food stand

Liberty Square Market

If it’s a healthy snack you’re after, consider stopping at Liberty Square Market. This open-air stand stocks all sorts of light bites like fresh fruit and Babybel cheese. However, the real draw is one of the most iconic snacks in all of Walt Disney World: the Turkey Leg.

Cost: Snacks – $14.99 and under per adult

Cuisine: American

What to Get: Turkey Leg, Mickey Pretzel

Reservations: None

Liberty Tree Tavern

For a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings, head over to Liberty Tree Tavern. Set in a colonial-style inn, this table-service restaurant is a Magic Kingdom classic. Dishing up a bountiful feast of all-American favorites served family style—including roasted turkey, pot roast, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing and housemade macaroni & cheese—you definitely won’t be leaving hungry. Alternatively, for all the vegans and vegetarians out there, a plant-based version is also available. Best of all, you can wash it all down with a glass of wine, beer or a refreshing cocktail.

After you stuff yourself silly, check out the artifacts located throughout the restaurant. The dining rooms here take their names from great American heroes from the Revolutionary War, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross, the storied maker of the first American flag, and feature relics from their celebrated past.

Cost: Lunch & Dinner – $35 to $59.99 per adult

Cuisine: American

What to Get: All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Bill of Fare or Plant-based Tavern Keeper’s Feast

Reservations: Advance Dining Reservations and Walk-Up List available

Dining hall with fireplace

The Diamond Horseshoe

Can’t get a table at Liberty Tree Tavern? Not to worry! The very same menu is available at The Diamond Horseshoe nearby, albeit with some themed changes to the names. Designed to look like an old-fashioned saloon, complete with a stage that once hosted a Wild West-inspired revue, this highfalutin table-service restaurant serves up cowpoke style, folksy service and stick-to-your-ribs dishes in equal measure. Once you’ve finished eating, mosey around the dining room to check out the many nods to Westward Expansion.

Cost: Lunch & Dinner – $35 to $59.99 per adult

Cuisine: American

What to Get: All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Frontier Feast or Plant-based Cowpoke Platter

Reservations: Advance Dining Reservations and Walk-Up List available

Waffle with nutella and fruit

Sleepy Hollow

Whether you’re craving something sweet or slightly more substantial, Sleepy Hollow has you covered. Although there isn’t too much seating available, this counter-service spot overlooking Cinderella Castle more than makes up for it with an assortment of delectable desserts and portable snacks. The biggest draw? Freshly made waffle sandwiches, funnel cakes and hand-dipped corn dogs.

Cost: Breakfast & Snacks – $14.99 and under per adult

Cuisine: American

What to Get: Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich, Funnel Cake, Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken-Waffle Sandwich, Hand-dipped Corn Dog, Turkey Leg

Reservations: None, Mobile Order available

Liberty Square Magic Kingdom Merchandise Locations

Liberty Square Parasol Cart

Looking for something to keep you at least slightly cool in the hot Central Florida sunshine? A personalized parasol from this adorable merchandise cart is sure to do the trick. For the ultimate memento of your day, have it monogrammed with your initials.

Liberty Square Portrait Gallery

For a personalized souvenir of a different kind, stop by the Liberty Square Portrait Gallery. Here, talented artists create detailed silhouettes of you and your loved ones, which are sure to look charming hanging on your wall.

Memento Mori

Wish you could take your place among the 999 happy haunts of Haunted Mansion? (The phrase ‘memento mori’ translates to “remember you must die” in Latin.) Don’t leave the park without a visit to Memento Mori, an enchanting gift shop located between the attraction’s exit and the entrance to Fantasyland. Said to be the former home of Madame Leota, you can still see many of the medium’s treasures littered around the store, along with plenty of merchandise inspired by the attraction.

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite souvenirs anytime we travel is a Christmas ornament. So, if you’re anything like us, you’ll definitely want to check out Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. Aside from Disney-themed baubles for your tree, this merry store offers all sorts of holiday goodies, including stockings and other festive decor.

Ye Old Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom

Well, patriots, that brings our pixie-dusted tour of Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square to a close. What is your favorite thing to do in Liberty Square? Let us know in the comments! Then, learn how to work some magic on your wallet and save on your next vacation with our discount Disney World tickets.