Liberty Square Riverboat Closing for Week-Long Refurbishment This Month in the Magic Kingdom

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The Liberty Square Riverboat at Magic Kingdom is slated to be closed to undergo refurbishment this month

Walt Disney World Resort is a year-round vacation destination that experiences no seasonal closures. Because of this, the park must take rides off-line from time to time during normal operating hours in order to conduct routine maintenance. These refurbishments are noted on the park hours and events calendar section of the Walt Disney World website.

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The Liberty Square Riverboat in Magic Kingdom has been added to this list of refurbishments, starting on Monday, August 21 and running through Tuesday, August 29.

Guests should not expect any major updates to the ride, which boards in Liberty Square near the entrance to the Haunted Mansion. These week-long closures are typically scheduled to perform standard maintenance on attractions, such as touching up paint and attending to scenes and ride elements that are not operating at 100%.

The riverboat was recently closed for several months in late 2020-early 2021 for a more extensive refurbishment, which involved draining Rivers of America and completely replacing the underwater track that the ride operates on.

The ride is currently slated to re-open on Wednesday, August 30th, however the schedule for these refurbishments is always subject to change.

Liberty Square Riverboat Closing for Week-Long Refurbishment This Month in the Magic Kingdom

About the Liberty Square Riverboat

Liberty Square Riverboat invites guests to climb aboard the colonial-era Liberty Belle riverboat and enjoy a relaxing half-mile tour around Tom Sawyer Island, as well as views of Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain. The 47-foot tall Liberty Belle is a working reproduction of the historic vessels that operated on the Mississippi River, including a working steam engine that converts water from the river into steam that powers the large paddle that in turn propels the boat.

The 17-minute attraction includes scenes from the early American frontier, such as:

  • An early American settlement and a Native American village
  • Harper’s Mill
  • Fort Langhorn
  • Wilson’s Cave Inn
  • Woodland animals

A narrator serves as the riverboat guide, speaking in the voice of Mark Twain and telling stories of Twain’s time on the Mississippi.

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