Liberty Belle River Boat Running at Magic Kingdom but Still Not Open

Liberty Belle in operation

After a very long refurbishment (11 months and counting) the Liberty Belle is finally showing signs of life! On a recent visit to Magic Kingdom, we noticed the riverboat was making its rounds along the Rivers of America! Though it is still not open to guests, surely this is a sign that the long-awaited reopening is imminent…we hope!

On January 8, 2018, the iconic attraction closed for what was announced as a 6-month refurbishment. During that time the boat was completely removed and the waters drained. Track work, cleaning, and a maintenance overhaul were scheduled to be performed. The work proved more intensive than previously thought, however, and in July the project was extended through Fall 2018. We had hoped this would mean it would be open for Halloween guests, but that did not happen. The water itself was not refilled until late September and the boat did not make a reappearance until late November. At that rate, does that mean we can expect a late January reopening? Disney has not made an official announcement as to when guests will once again enjoy the beautiful serene water of Rivers of America aboard the Liberty Belle.


While we are eagerly anticipating being able to once again ride this Magic Kingdom original it is very encouraging to see it in motion once again! Is this a must dofor you, or do you tend to skip it? No matter which, I’m certain you’ll agree, the Magic Kingdom hasn’t been the same without the beautiful Liberty Belle in the backdrop!

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