Walt Disney always paid attention to detail in everything that he did. Even though he never stepped foot into the completed Magic Kingdom, his desire for authenticity was carried on. One of my favorite lands that exhibits this is Liberty Square.
If you need to take a restroom break be sure to do this prior to entering Liberty Square. Since there were no indoor restrooms during this time period, you will not find them in this land. There are restrooms located on the left side of Columbia Harbor House. They are technically located in Fantasyland, but available quite close to Liberty Square.
On the ground there is a brown stream running thru the middle of the path way. Again, this is more attention to detail. In colonial times people tossed personal waste from their windows to the ground below. Running down the street was a stream of personal waste. Thank goodness the imagineers used brown pavement to replicate this!
As you look around Liberty Square you will notice the two digit addresses above the doors. With an 18 in front of these addresses, that represents the year that style of house was popular. One of the buildings that doesn’t follow suit the Hall of Presidents. That has an address of 1787. That is the year the US Constitution was ratified.
While looking toward the top of the buildings take note of the window shutters. They are hung crooked as part of attention to detail. During the Revolutionary War metal was a hot commodity needed for making bullets. Colonists removed the metal hinges from imported shutters and replaced them with leather straps. Over time the leather stretched and the shutters began to droop.
Liberty Square Tree is the centerpiece of Liberty Square. If you count the lanterns hanging from the braches you will notice the number is significant to the United States. Each lantern represents one of the original colonies.
Remember hearing , “One if by land, two if by sea”? That was to let Paul Revere and fellow patriots know how the British troops were advancing. There are two lanterns in the window above the door marked with a 26. This is to signify the troops were coming by sea. In order to understand the significance of this number you must place a 17 before the 26. April of that year was when Paul Revere made his famous ride.
Whether or not history is your thing, it is impressive that the details of this time period were carefully deliberated over. Next time you explore Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom you may find yourself equally impressed with the details and accuracy of how life was during colonial times.
Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!