Liberty Square may be the smallest land in Magic Kingdom, but it is home to some of the most historically accurate detail on Walt Disney World property. Here are some historical Liberty Square fun facts that you may not know!
For the United State’s bicentennial anniversary in 1976, 50 replicas of the Liberty Bell were cast with the idea that one would be gifted to each state. However, Pennsylvania was already home to the original Liberty Bell, and thus didn’t have a need for a replica. Upon realizing this, Walt Disney World contacted the state and requested that their replica instead be housed in Liberty Square. Pennsylvania agreed and on July 4th, 1989, the replica Liberty Bell was placed in its current home in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom. Today, Florida remains the only state to be home to two of the 50 replica Liberty Bells!
Indoor Plumbing (Or Lack Thereof)
Have you ever noticed the brown, rocky path that runs through the otherwise red sidewalk throughout Liberty Square? This actually represents sewage! As there was no indoor plumbing in the colonial days, the people had to throw their waste out the windows onto the dirt roads. This practice would often cause a stream of sewage to form in the dirt, running down the main street in the town. As an homage to this (somewhat gross) history, the Imagineers added the brown strip within the main street of Liberty Square!
On a related note – did you know that there are no bathrooms within Liberty Square? Once again, the Imagineers wanted to remain true to the time period that they were representing. Although both Columbia Harbour House and Liberty Tree Tavern have bathrooms, they technically are so far back in the buildings that they actually sit within Fantasyland and Adventureland!
Outside the Hall of Presidents, you may spot Walt Disney World’s very own “Liberty Tree”. This tree pays homage to the original Liberty Tree in Boston that was used as a gathering place by the Sons of Liberty as they planned for the Boston Tea Party. The WDW version is an oak tree that is actually native to Disney property and was moved to its current location. Early in the development of the Orlando land, Walt (or perhaps someone else – but rumors say it was Walt) spotted a tree that he knew would be perfect for Liberty Square. He instructed the Imagineers to transplant the 35-ton, 135-year-old oak tree into Liberty Square, where it has continued to grow and flourish ever since. Within the tree hang 13 lanterns, representing the 13 original colonies!
Wrapping It Up
Images courtesy of Disney Parks, Confessions of a Mouskaholic, My WDW Guide, and Touring Plans.