Disney World Liberty Square architecture details

IDK if that’s a hot take or not, but for me Liberty Square has always been the most boring part of Disney World.

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It’s not that I hate riverboats, but there are no songbirds, spaceships, Disney characters, or mountains, which to me has always made it feel more like a museum than to a fantasy world in a Disney park.

However, in honor of Disney World’s 50th anniversary, I spoke with Imagineer Gary Landrum, who said he’s always had a fondness for Liberty Square. Then it hit me with probably the funniest Disney fun fact known to mankind. Are you ready for this?

He said, “In order to connect, in a conceptual way, the background stories between Liberty Square and Frontierland, we actually mark America’s growth from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.”

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“So if you start with our haunted mansion, which is a Dutch Gothic mansion by the Hudson River… [it’s] placing us firmly on the East Coast.”

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“We then move a bit more or less to Philadelphia with the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Palace of the Presidents…”

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“You have the landing of the riverboats…the rivers of America represent a meeting of the twin rivers to form the Mississippi”

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“But what beautiful story unfolds in this setting? Tom Sawyer. Hence… Tom Sawyer’s Island and rafts and keelboats.”

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“You arrive at the Diamond Horseshoe. In the original show, Slue Foot Sue and Diamond Jim walked out of the show together and told you it was set in St. Louis.”

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“What is Saint-Louis, if not the gateway to the border? »

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“Hence, literally, your gateway to Frontierland.”

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“And when you cross that little stream, you’re symbolically crossing the Mississippi River.”

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“You then walk in and you’re confronted with Colorado log cabin architecture for Grizzly Home and the Country Bear Jamboree…”

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“Stacks made in Adobe [are for] Arizona and Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Cafe.”

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“And then you have the station that would be replaced by Thunder Mesa on the Western River Expedition, which was Monument Valley, Arizona. The Western River was the quick climb through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. That takes me right to the Pacific. coast.”

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“Most of what we do, we have ghost comedy happening here…”

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“You have a documentary about presidents here…”

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“You have saloon girls singing and dancing next to bears singing and dancing next to a runaway mining train.”

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“But because each of these architectural styles evolves one after the other…you follow through using music, props and landscaping, [and] we can take audiences through incredibly diverse stories from the Haunted Mansion to the Hall of Presidents to the Diamond Horseshoe to the Country Bear Jamboree to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad…you know, it all seems to work.”

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Fifty years and there are still Easter eggs that amaze me! Got any other awesome Disney fun facts? Ask them about me in the comments below!

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