The Magic Kingdom is not all pixie dust and castles. It also contains a history lesson or two (don’t get scared there won’t be a test at the end of this blog). The Liberty Tree Tavern basks in the shade of Liberty Square and plays host to hungry patriots everyday.
Back when our country wasn’t even a gleam in the eyes of England, devoted revolutionists would gather under a big tree in Boston to protest England and plan our Freedom. This later became known as the Liberty Tree. Well Walt wanted to pay tribute to this part of American history with “Liberty Square”. He originally planned it for Disneyland, but that never came to pass so he made sure it was in his plans for Walt Disney World. There was a 38 ton 100 year old southern oak tree that was on the eastern edge of Disney’s property. With the ingenuity of Walt’s landscapers they uprooted the tree and moved it eight miles to its present location. It still remains the largest living specimen in the Magic Kingdom.
The Liberty Tree Tavern has become a favorite to guests for many reasons. The décor inside is amazing. There is a two story lobby that makes you feel like you stepped back into the 1760’s. Wood paneling surrounds a huge fireplace that invites you inside for lunch or dinner. After giving your family name to the staff you can wait and ponder your own revolution until the “towne crier” announces your family loud and proud.
You are then escorted to one of six dining rooms all themed after a different American patriot. If you are there for lunch (11:30am-3:00pm) you can enjoy your choice of wonderful entrees and sides. Everything from clam chowder, pot roast, lamb stew, or even cheeseburgers. Make sure to leave room for the ooey gooey toffee cake (this will be a must try on my next trip)
If you would like to go for an All-American all you can eat thanksgiving feast than try the Tavern for dinner (4:00pm-9:30pm). Unfortunately you do not get any choices during the dinner hours. However, you are given a wide range of items that you can enjoy until you bust a button. This meal is served family style. To begin you are given a platter with roast turkey, carved beef, and pork. You will also be given several sides to wash down all that meat with. The sides include mashed potatoes, dressing, seasonal vegetables, and macaroni and cheese.
Prices for this restaurant are not cheap but judging by the reviews I have seen and heard it is well worth the money. According to Walt Disney World, prices range from $15.99 to $29.99 not including tax and tip of course. They do accept most dining plans and also offer a kids menu for lunch. My only criticism is that for dinner anyone over the age of ten must pay the adult price for the meal. So unless your eleven or twelve year old can pack it away, it might be a bit pricey for a family.
The next time you go to the Hall of Presidents, dust off your knickers, tri-corner hats and settle down for a wonderful meal at the Liberty Tree Tavern (leave the musket at home though).
Keith was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.He now lives with his wife a few miles from his childhood home. His first trip to the Magic Kingdom was at the age of two and while the only memories are in pictures, the magic laid dormant within him. Until he saw the animated movie Robin Hood, and his love began to grow. He has always had an interest in food and the togetherness it brings. He became a classically trained chef and all around foodie. His last trip to Disney World was in 2011 and he has been learning, researching, and keeping up on all things Disney since. He hopes to bring you all of the food news from the parks, tips on how to save money on food, and all the tastes and smells from the House of Mouse (especially when smell o vision is invented). You can follow Keith on Twitter @DarthChef79.