Aug 30

Disney “Traveling Around The World”-Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square-Part 2-Liberty Square Riverboat


Welcome back “World” travelers! After our last haunting experience, I think it’s time to slow down our heart rate and relax on a journey around the Rivers of America.

The Liberty Square Riverboat is an authentic 3-tiered paddlewheel steamship journey that circles the Rivers of America at Magic Kingdom theme park for a scenic, half-mile tour of Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Tom Sawyer Island.

The attraction is named Liberty Square Riverboat, but the ship itself is named the Liberty Belle. While the ship looks straight out of the 19th century, it was actually built-in a dry dock on Disney property for the 1971 opening of Walt Disney World Resort. It is a reproduction of the vessels that ferried people and cargo up and down the Mississippi River.

The Liberty Belle holds approximately 450 guests and has 3 decks from which to view the passing scenery. Liberty Square Riverboat provides a great opportunity to rest your feet and enjoy a bit of relaxation during a busy day of exploring Magic Kingdom theme park. However, it offers much more than a break from the action. Especially on the heavily-wooded backbend of the river, past Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the experience truly feels like you’ve entered another place and time.

The Liberty Belle has an actual working steam engine that turns the massive paddlewheel and propels the ship forward. The boiler uses #2 diesel fuel to convert water into steam, which is then used to push the two large pistons that rotate the paddle wheel at the stern of the boat

The boat also runs on a I-beam guiding track which is underwater. It takes about 45 mins to an hour to start it up every morning. It takes that long to build high pressure in the boiler before it is closed to make sure there is enough heat in the boiler to help get started in the morning. If it cools down it would take half the day to restart it.


The 17-minute trip around the Rivers of America are very relaxing and a great way to get away from the busy crowds of the park. It is fun to go by and watch the kids playing on Tom Sawyer Island and a reminder of days long ago. Great for the entire family.




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