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Walt Disney World Resort - Magic Kingdom, Part 5


Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain from The Liberty Belle on the Rivers of America.

Liberty Square

MK Map Liberty Square is themed to Early America, where 13 disparate colonies united against a common foe, and made America an independent country. What this has to do with the Haunted Mansion I don't know, but it does seem to fit the theme!

Liberty Square
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Liberty Square - Liberty Tree Tavern

Liberty Tree Tavern might be the best table service in Magic Kingdom. Of course, I've never tried the character meals, since I generally try to avoid character meals...

Anyway, we ate in the Thomas Jefferson room, perhaps my favorite founding father next to Ben Franklin. The food was good. I'd recommend the place. You'll have to make reservations, the place is usually full.

Liberty Tree Tavern
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Liberty Square - Rivers of America

All right, so the theme of Liberty Square might be Early America, but the Liberty Belle Riverboat on the Rivers of America is a steam paddleboat. So we're at least into the early 1800's. It was the paddleboats of the day that went upstream just by burning a fuel source, that started the obsolescence of the horse. It also made roads like the Natchez Trace obsolete, except for those who lived along its path.

The Liberty Square Riverboat takes a lazy lap around the "River", and it gives you a right-nice tour of some of Tom Sawyer's Island and the back of Big Thunder Mountain. It's narrated by Sam Clemens. Who else?

Rivers of America
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Liberty Square - Columbia Harbour House

Arguably, the Columbia Harbour House has the best counter service in Magic Kingdom. 'Course, I like the fish/shrimp/fries basket... Heh. BTW, the second floor has some excellent seating, and it's usually much nicer than the first floor...

Columbia Harbour House
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Gracey Manor
Gracey Manor, on the way to returning the ghost that followed me home the last time I was here...

Liberty Square - Haunted Mansion

One of the original attractions at Magic Kingdom, Paul Frees hosts the 999 happy haunts, and is always looking for that someone special to fill the 1000 slots they have. I was with a friend of mine who's ex-marriage was going badly, and he kept volunteering, but he was still with me at the end of the ride...

There is some really bad video of the attraction here. Read the description on the video page, it'll explain how the video was mixed.

Now, if someone who's never been on Haunted Mansion goes on it, then isn't there 998 haunts left because one followed the newbie home? (I assume that veteran HM guests return the one they took home last time, and pick up a new one at the end, so it becomes a net gain of zero by the end of the day...)

There's also the problem of whether or not it's one ghost per doom buggy, or one ghost per person. Makes a difference.

Yeah, these are the types of things you think of when you drive 1200 miles to get there...

Haunted Mansion
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Liberty Square - Haunted Mansion (Old Cemetary)

The old cemetery is mostly gone, since it was replaced with a new one in 2011. Leota is still there, and still takes a peek at the guests coming in... Have to know how to shill the mark, donchaknow.

Old cemetery
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Liberty Square - Haunted Mansion (New Cemetary)

The new cemetery is an interactive queue. It's really part of the next-gen initiative Disney has, to keep the guests entertained even when waiting in line.

Since the queue is new, and there's all sorts of things to see and do, the line to Haunted Mansion can get quite long. Thankfully, there's a bypass to go from the queue right to the antechamber.

There are very cool things here. A musician's tomb, where he will happily play an instrument if you touch it, books that pop out of the book case, a chance to speak to the nearly departed (really, try it, they answer back), and more jovialities one would associate with a graveyard.

There's also whodunnit in the queue, involving all the new grave markers. Between the epitaphs and the statues, you're supposed to be able to solve the mystery of who killed all these people and how. I have yet to do this...

New cemetery
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Liberty Square - Haunted Mansion

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End Magic Kingdom - Part 5.

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