Disney World to Close 50-Year-Old Attraction in Preparation for Alterations

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Liberty Square Riverboat in the Magic Kingdom

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A Disney World attraction that first opened in 1973 is shutting down for an extended period as alterations commence to enhance the guest experience.

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Speaking of Magic Kingdom, a classic attraction is set to close for some time as preparations are made to enhance the overall guest experience.

Liberty Square Riverboat in the Magic Kingdom
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Liberty Square Riverboat in the Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square Riverboat in the Magic Kingdom is closing on August 21 through August 29 for a refurbishment that will likely be routine and standard to enhance the guest experience. The ride was first operated in 1971, making it one of the only remaining attractions that was picked and worked on by Walt Disney himself.

Down in Bay Lake, Florida, at the enchanting Magic Kingdom theme park, there’s this awesome thing called the Liberty Square Riverboat attraction. They’ve even got a cool name for the boat: Liberty Belle. It’s like a ride you’d find over at Disneyland, where the ship takes you on this scenic journey around Tom Sawyer Island, treating you to some fantastic views of the park. It’s all about soaking in the sights and enjoying the magic!

We look forward to this ride operating again at the end of the month.

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