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Liberty Square (Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square Riverboat, Hall of Presidents)

Liberty Square (Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square Riverboat, Hall of Presidents)

Hear ye! Hear ye!

It is time to explore Liberty Square, which you can find in Magic Kingdom situated between Frontierland and Fantasyland.

Liberty Square is home to an opening-day attraction — Haunted Mansion. Plus, this is the land to visit if you want to hear (or take a nap while) all of the presidents’ of the United States speak, ride the Liberty Belle, or get a waffle covered in fresh fruit and chocolate-hazelnut spread.

You can also see a replica of the Liberty Bell.

liberty bell in liberty square at magic kingdom

Warning: make sure you don’t step in the sewage. Ok, it’s not real sewage, but if you look down while you’re walking in Liberty Square you’ll see a brown cement river.

liberty square sewage river at magic kingdom

This represents back during colonial times when they would dump buckets of sewage in the streets due to indoor plumbing not existing yet. Disney really nails it with all of the details, don’t they?

Now that you know that fun fact, here’s everything you need to know about Liberty Square!

Liberty Square Overview

liberty square panoramic photo
  • Location: Magic Kingdom
  • Restaurants: 5 Quick Service (Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, Columbia Harbour House, Liberty Square Market, 2 Snack and Drink Carts); 2 Table Service (Liberty Tree Tavern, The Diamond Horseshoe)
  • Shops: Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, Liberty Square Portrait Gallery, Liberty Square Parasol Cart, Memento Mori
  • Entertainment: Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade
  • Attractions: Haunted Mansion, Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Characters: Merida, Tiana
  • Popular snacks and drinks: Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich (Sleepy Hollow), Turkey Leg (Liberty Square Market)
  • Not-to-miss: Haunted Mansion, Liberty Tree Tavern

Liberty Square Map

map of liberty square

Dining

You can find both Quick Service and Table Service restaurants in Liberty Square. In our opinion, this land has one of the best spots to grab a quick lunch or dinner.

Quick Service Restaurants

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Breakfast and snacks

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 snack credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Some of the best snacks in all of Magic Kingdom (including homemade ice cream sandwiches, funnel cakes, and waffle sandwiches), great spot to take a pic with the castle in the background
  • Cons: No indoor seating

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments is a great place to grab a quick breakfast or snack during the day.

One of the most popular items is the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich served with strawberries, banana, blueberries, and chocolate-hazelnut spread.

fresh fruit waffle with nutella at sleepy hollow refreshments

This line can get long, so you should definitely utilize Mobile Order.

Columbia Harbour House

Columbia Harbour House

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Lunch and dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Great options for a Quick Service restaurant, including soups, sandwiches and fish (just about anything you choose is going to be good here), quiet seating available upstairs
  • Cons: Picky eaters may not like the menu options, can be very busy during peak meal times

Columbia Harbour House is one of the best Quick Service options at Magic Kingdom.

columbia harbour house

You can find seafood dishes here, like lobster rolls, shrimp, and salmon, to name a few. There are also chicken strips, salads, New England clam chowder, and more.

hush puppies and fries at columbia harbour house

They always have at least one plant-based option, too.

columbia harbour house seating

Tip: sit upstairs next to the windows overlooking Fantasyland or Liberty Square for great views.

Liberty Square Market

liberty square market in liberty square

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Snacks

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 snack credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Good spot to grab a cold drink and healthy snacks like fruit
  • Cons: Limited options

Liberty Square Market has lots of tables with benches and umbrellas, with the latter great for coverage during hot days.

liberty square market snacks

In addition to snacks, like chips, fruit, and pickles, you can find the famous Turkey Leg.

Snack and Drink Cart (across from Liberty Tree Tavern)

If you’re in need of a snack, there’s a popcorn cart outside Liberty Tree Tavern. You can also get bottled beverages.

snack and drink stand in liberty square

Snack and Drink Cart (near Haunted Mansion)

Next to the entrance of Haunted Mansion, there is a cart selling ice cream treats and bottled drinks.

snack and drink cart in liberty square next to haunted mansion

Table Service Restaurants

Liberty Tree Tavern

liberty tree tavern at magic kingdom

Location type: Table Service
Type of food: American Family Style
Meals Served: Lunch and dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: Delicious Thanksgiving-style food
  • Cons: During busier times, waits can be long even with a reservation

Liberty Tree Tavern is an all-you-care-to-enjoy Table Service meal.

The restaurant is designed to embody a colonial-style inn that serves traditional New England-inspired fare.

You get a lot of food here, but it’s also very good.

There is a plant-based Impossible meatloaf served with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and seasonal vegetables.

impossible meatloaf liberty tree tavern

You can also order the standard Patriot’s Platter, which features roasted turkey, Pennsylvania pot roast, and oven-roasted pork with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb stuffing, and house-made macaroni and cheese.

liberty tree tavern patriot's platter

Dessert is just as good as the meal. Liberty Tree Tavern is known for it’s Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake: vanilla toffee cake, chocolate sauce, and vanilla ice cream.

Yes, it’s as amazing as it looks.

ooey gooey toffee cake liberty tree tavern

There is also a plant-based dessert, Johnny Appleseed’s Warm Apple Cake with caramel and whipped topping.

Fun fact: Liberty Tree Tavern serves the same exact food as The Diamond Horseshoe.

The Diamond Horseshoe

Diamond Horseshoe

Location type: Table Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Lunch and dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: Home-cooked comfort food served family style that usually appeals to the whole family
  • Cons: Mediocre food quality

The Diamond Horseshoe is a family-style sit-down restaurant serving an all-you-can-eat holiday-inspired dinner inside an Old West music hall.

the diamond horseshoe seating area

The Table Service restaurant may have a different concept than Liberty Tree Tavern, but it serves the exact same food. Pricing is also the same.

the diamond horseshoe

The menu items simply have different names. For example, instead of the “Patriot’s Platter” that’s served at Liberty Tree Tavern, The Diamond Horseshoe offers the “Saloon Feast.”

If you’re hoping to eat at Liberty Tree Tavern, try snagging a reservation at The Diamond Horseshoe or vice versa. You will simply have different theming, but get to eat the same meal.

Seating Areas

There are several areas to rest your feet in Liberty Square. Some of these spots even offer great views of parades and cavalcades.

These benches are located before the bridge that leads into Liberty Square. But, keep in mind sometimes these are reserved.

liberty square benches near the hub

Even though these rocking chairs sit back away from prime parade-viewing, they make a great spot to steer clear from big crowds. Plus, they offer shade!

liberty square rocking chairs

Sleepy Hollow Refreshments has several outdoor tables that are covered.

seating area at sleepy hollow refreshments

Finally, Liberty Square Market has plenty of tables and chairs with umbrellas.

liberty square market seating area

Keep in mind that this area can get busy thanks to stroller parking right next to it, along with Haunted Mansion and Columbia Harbour House nearby.

Shops

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe liberty square

The Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe is a year-round Christmas shop.

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe ornaments liberty square

In addition to smelling like Christmas (you won’t want to leave it smells so good), you can find all kinds of Disney, Marvel, and Pixar ornaments.

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe liberty square pin trading
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe liberty square

There are so many cute ones! This is also the place to visit if you want ornaments or ears customized. The shop also has pin trading.

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe liberty square sleigh photo op

Don’t forget to check the cute photo-op with a sleigh located directly outside the store.

Liberty Square Portrait Gallery

liberty square portraits

Located outside Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe is the Liberty Square Portrait Gallery.

liberty square portraits

You can have a Disney artist create an original portrait of you in the form of either silhouettes or caricatures.

Liberty Square Parasol Cart

liberty square parasol cart

Near Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, the Liberty Square Parasol Cart sells parasols. You can also have them monogramed!

liberty square parasol cart

Large and mini parasols includes the addition of your name, hearts, and flowers. You can also have artwork drawn onto the parasols.

Memento Mori

memento mori in liberty square

Memento Mori is Haunted Mansion’s gift shop. You can find it across from the attraction.

memento mori merchandise in liberty square

While on the smaller side, this is a great store to browse, especially if you want any items featuring Madame Leota, the hitchhiking ghosts, and more.

Entertainment

While not exclusive to Liberty Square, you can catch entertainment as it makes its way from Frontierland to Main Street, U.S.A.

This type of entertainment includes cavalcades and parades, which begin by Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and ends by the fire station on Main Street.

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy parade
  • Location: Standard parade route – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Parade
  • Costumes: Traditional
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Characters include: Alice, The White Rabbit, Anna and Elsa, Ariel, Beast, Belle, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Peter Pan, Chip ‘n Dale, Daisy and Donald Duck, Snow White, the 7 Dwarfs, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, Flynn Rider and Rapunzel, Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio, Tinker Bell, Mad Hatter, Alice, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Tiana and Prince Naveen, Pluto, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Prince Philip and Aurora,
  • Tip(s): After the final Christmas Party of the year, this parade is replaced with the Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade

Disney Adventure Friends cavalcade
  • Location: Standard parade route – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Cavalcade
  • Costumes: Traditional
  • Characters include: Clarabelle Cow, Max Goof, Jose Carioca, Panchito Pistoles, Moana, Miguel Rivera, Woody, Jessie, Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Timon, Baloo, King Louie, Mulan, Stitch, Marie, Terk, Elena, Merida, Mr. Incredible, Elasticgirl, Pocahontas, Meeko, Mary Poppins, Bert, Bruno, Raya
  • Tip(s): This cavalcade happens several times per day. Check the My Disney Experience App for showtimes.

Attractions

Liberty Square is home to 3 attractions, including the ever-so-popular Haunted Mansion.

Haunted Mansion

A tour of various ghost-filled rooms of a mansion. On your way to board your ride vehicle, you’ll first go through an octagon-shaped room that appears to stretch.

Haunted Mansion
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody (dark imagery could scare little ones)
  • Attraction length: About 10 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Yes
  • When to visit: First 2 or last 2 hours, or anytime with Genie+
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Eligible for Early Entry: No
  • Tip(s): Pay special attention at the end as ghosts appear on the screens as though they were part of your ride vehicle. The stretching room is often one of the scariest parts for kids, but you can ask the Cast Members at the entrance to skip it.

Did you even visit Magic Kingdom if you didn’t ride Haunted Mansion? This is an iconic attraction that is a must-ride.

haunted mansion standby line at magic kingdom

It is family-friendly, but there are darker moments that could scare little ones.

dread family busts haunted mansion cemetery queue

This is one ride that has all kinds of details, so be sure to pay attention. There are even these Dread family busts in the queue’s cemetery that is actually a murder mystery game.

haunted mansion ballroom scene

Plus, there are memorable scenes involving Madame Leota, and Constance Hatchaway. The Hatbox Ghost is also coming to the attraction in late November 2023!

Oh, and don’t say we didn’t warn you when you walk off the ride singing “Grim Grinning Ghosts.”

Liberty Square Riverboat

This 17-minute cruise on a steam-powered boat takes you on a 1/2 mile tour around Tom Sawyer Island.

liberty square riverboat
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody
  • Attraction length: About 17 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Just as a time filler
  • When to visit: Anytime
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Eligible for Early Entry: No
  • Tip(s): Mostly standing room only, find a spot on the top deck to snap some good pics of nearby attractions.

While not a priority, if you’re looking for a good time filler or something less thrilling, you may want to hop on the Liberty Square Riverboat, aka the “Liberty Belle.”

liberty square riverboat

Plus, you get to see unique views of Magic Kingdom. You might even be able to spot the parade or a cavalcade during your ride!

frontierland views from liberty square riverboat

And you certainly can’t beat these views of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

big thunder mountain views from liberty square riverboat

The boat ride also offers up views of Tom Sawyer Island and Haunted Mansion.

The Hall of Presidents

This theater (modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia) is home to 46 patriotic animatronics modeled after the past and sitting Presidents of the United States.

Hall of Presidents
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody
  • Attraction Length: About 25 minutes long
  • Do we recommend? Yes, for anybody that enjoys history
  • When to visit: Anytime
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Eligible for Early Entry: No
  • Tip(s): The theater is large and is rarely full, making it a great place to escape the weather.

The Hall of Presidents is where you can see an Audio-Animatronic of every person who has served as President of the United States.

hall of presidents liberty square

This isn’t a must-do by any means, but makes for a great place to cool off and is a good time filler.

hall of presidents liberty square

You might even find yourself resting your eyes here and there.

Characters

While not officially listed in the My Disney Experience app, sometimes you can see Princess Tiana waving from the window above the ticket office.

tiana waving in liberty square at magic kindom

Don’t forget that you can also meet Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall, along with a visiting princess who is usually Rapunzel.

You can also spot Merida at the Enchanted Glade Gazebo in Liberty Square! You can find meet and greet times for the Brave princess inside the My Disney Experience app.

Merida

merida meet and greet in liberty square gazebo at magic kingdom
  • Location: Enchanted Glade Gazebo – Liberty Square – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Green dress
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No

Activities

Coin Press Machines

There are 2 coin press machines in Liberty Square. You’ll find a machine between the Liberty Square Riverboat and Haunted Mansion.

coin press machine between liberty square riverboat and haunted mansion

The pennies (one for $1 or all 4 for $4) featured the hitchhiking ghosts and Mickey, Donald, and Goofy pretending to be the famous ghosts.

There is also a coin press (one for $1 and all 3 for $3) between Sleepy Hollow Refreshments and Hall of Presidents.

coin press machine between hall of presidents and sleepy hollow refreshments

These pennies featuring designs of Hall of Presidents, the Liberty Belle, and Mickey carrying an American flag.

PhotoPass

You can find PhotoPass across from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, which also offers one of the best views of Cinderella Castle.

photopass at magic kingdom next to sleepy hollow refreshments

There’s also a fun PhotoPass option in front of Haunted Mansion!

haunted mansion photopass

Don’t forget to ask for Magic Shots here, because usually you’ll find yourself posting with some hitchhiking ghosts.

haunted mansion magic shot

While not an official PhotoPass location nor is there usually a photographer here, the pillory is a popular spot to take photos in Liberty Square.

pillory liberty square in magic kingdom

Remember: unless you have Memory Maker, Memory Maker Day One, or a PhotoPass entitlement with your Annual Pass, you will have to pay to download or print these photos.

Restrooms

If you’re dining inside Columbia Harbour House, you will find a set of restrooms on the first floor close to where you order and pick up your food.

restrooms in columbia harbour house

The following restrooms aren’t technically in Liberty Square, but they are nearby if you needed one.

There is the restroom area that connects Frontierland and Adventureland:

restrooms from frontierland to adventureland

The are also restrooms in the Tangled-themed area next to “it’s a small world”:

tangled restrooms magic kingdom

Animal Relief Area

You’ll find Liberty Square’s animal relief area near the gazebo, behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.

animal relief area in liberty square

Liberty Square Checklist

checklist for liberty square at magic kingdom

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