Liberty Square Riverboat | Disney World

Last Updated on: February 1st, 2023

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square Riverboat ride including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!

Liberty Square Riverboat | Disney World Description

Liberty Square RiverboatCruise the scenic Rivers of America aboard the Liberty Belle and take a gander at life in the U.S. over a century ago.

Take off on a scenic half-mile adventure into the wilds of old America aboard a steam-powered paddler wheeler. Board the Colonial-American-inspired, 3-tiered Liberty Belle riverboat nestled in the heart of Liberty Square and embark on a relaxing journey around Tom Sawyer Island along the Rivers of America.

Sights to See
During this charming, 17-minute journey into America’s early frontier, behold a menagerie of sights along the river’s edge including:

Along the way, listen to lively narration by iconic American author Mark Twain as he details a time when traveling was as much about new discoveries as it was about transportation. (source)

Liberty Square Riverboat | Disney World Fun Facts

  • The ride was not technically an opening day attraction as it actually made its debut a day later on October 2, 1971.
  • Until 1980, there were actually two boats in operation – The Richard F Irvine and the Admiral Joe Fowler. The Richard F Irvine was renamed to the Liberty Belle in 1996.
  • The boat has a capacity of 450 guests.
  • The boat is propelled by its paddle wheel and powered by its steam engine, but guided by an external I-Beam track.

Liberty Square Riverboat | Disney World Details

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