PHOTOS: Update on Rivers of America, Liberty Belle Refurbishment

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Credit: @bioreconstruct

Another day, and another glimpse into Disney’s refurbishment efforts on a beloved attraction. This time, insider @bioreconstruct gives us a bird’s eye view of the renovations underway at Magic Kingdom involving the Rivers of America and iconic riverboat, the Liberty Belle. 

Let’s check it out:

Immediately we see what Disney World Guests have been seeing for a few weeks now: Rivers of America completely drained, with no sign of the Liberty Belle, and Tom Sawyer Island sitting empty amidst it all.

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But thanks to these aerial photos, we can see that the Rivers of America is actually filled by water from the Seven Seas Lagoon via a service canal that also harbors the floats for the Electrical Water Pageant.

It is at the mouth of this canal that the new pedestrian bridge that connects Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa with the Magic Kingdom Entrance for Guests who prefer to walk passes over, and it is also the outlet which the Liberty Belle apparently used to transfer for refurbishment.

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@bioreconstruct also gives us a look at that Marina which is situated in Bay Lake, just west of the Magic Kingdom.

He explains, “Aerial look at the Magic Kingdom service marina, located northeast of the park. Liberty Belle is in refurbishment. Riverboat comes here through a service canal West of MK, and then across the Contemporary water bridge.”

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Low and behold, we can see the Liberty Belle, in dry dock getting her much-needed refurbishment. We can see that the steam-powered paddleboat was lifted out of the water with movable rails and it appears that the white structure next to it could be moved into a position that allowed Imagineers to fit the boat inside.

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At this time, it is still unclear when we can expect “Rivers of America” to be filled, and see the Liberty Belle setting sail once again. We at Inside the Magic will keep our ears to the ground and we will continue to update our readers as more information comes to light.

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Are you missing the Liberty Belle or visiting Tom Sawyer Island? Let us know in the comments!

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