The Magic Kingdom's Liberty Belle Riverboat
Located in Liberty Square at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom you can find one of the more unique vessels in the Disney Fleet. An authentic steam powered stern mounted paddle wheeler ferrying guests along the Rivers of America named the Liberty Bell.
This Riverboat originally came into service in Orlando as the Richard F. Irvine in 1973. However, the working reproduction paddle wheeler was renamed The Liberty Belle in 1996 after such a massive overhaul, everything except for the hull, boiler, and engines was stripped off. The new vessel sported an aluminum hull, with meticulously detailed wood craftsmanship, and of 4 pristine decks raising 47 feet above the waterline.
The Liberty Bell's Decks include:
- Pilothouse, also known as the top deck, features the wheelhouse and Captain's Quarters
- Promenade Deck, includes a salon and a collection of vintage photos and maps
- Texas (or Sun) Deck, the perfect place to catch some rays as you float down the river
- Main Deck, includes the boiler and pistons that run the paddlewheel
Board the Liberty Belle at Riverboat Landing and embark on a relaxing 17-minute journey around Tom Sawyer Island. This voyage into America's early frontier, is narrated throughout the ship by "Mark Twain" as he weaves a tale of a time where traveling was about new discoveries and the Riverboat took guests up and down the Mississippi. Limited seating is available aboard the vessel, but I highly encourage guests to walk about and enjoy this voyage from several vantage points.
On it's half mile journey the Liberty Bell slides through the 9 foot deep Rivers of America on a underwater rail. The voyage offers some beautiful and unique views of Frontierland and Liberty Square that can be seen nowhere else but from her decks. You'll get stunning peeks at Big Thunder Mountain, see Native American Villages, Fort Langhorn and if you keep a watchful eye, you may even catch site of some real Florida Alligators rumored to live in the waterway.
Do you enjoy going down the river on this magnificent boat? Do you have a favorite memory of the Liberty Belle? Leave a comment below and share your experience.