This authentic replica of a wheel paddle steamer takes guests on a very
pleasant 17 minute ride past forest scenery, animals, and occasional
events on the river banks....
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Liberty Belle Riverboat
is an impressive stern wheel paddle steamer, reminiscent of the paddle
steamers that used to ply the waters of many of the Southern states.
Despite appearances however, It's not an original paddle steamer, having
been built from scratch in dry dock at
Walt Disney World.
It's also not entirely free to pilot it's own course around the Rivers of
America which surround
Tom Sawyer's Island,
because the Liberty Belle runs around a hidden steel track sunk below the
The steamer takes the guest on a very
pleasant 17 minute ride past forest scenery, animals, and occasional
events on the river banks. It runs from the time the park opens, until
around 3:30 PM daily.
The Liberty Belle is an authentic replica of an old paddle wheel
riverboat. It travels down the Rivers of America and circles Tom Sawyer
Island several times a day. This scenic tour offers a variety of props
along the riverbank to simulate a wild west effect. While not a thrilling
adventure, this 16 minute long attraction offers a short respite from the
busy crowds. The boat holds approximately 450 guests and has 3 decks from
which to view the passing scenery. The boat is wheelchair accessible.
taken on a leisurely 18-minute tour
Tom Sawyer Island. Frontier 1850s scenes
on the journey include a burning cabin, deer, and
moose, while listening to a Mark Twain-ish narration.
The riverboats boiler
produces steam that runs the
paddle wheel but the Liberty Belle moves on an
The riverboat leaves the
dock on the hour and half
Liberty Belle Riverboat is just that. It's a boat that you can ride down
the "river" in Liberty Square and Frontierland. On the way, you see some
scenes that have been set up for you and overlook some of the rides.
My parents really enjoyed this ride. It was away from a
lot of the crowds and noise of the main park. The boat gets filled each
time it gets sent off, so a large amount of people can get in each time.
We rode it twice, and I don't think we had to wait longer than 15 minutes
either time. The boat ride is also relaxing. It's not a high-speed thrill
ride, by any means. It's just a slow trip down the river. But it's a
chance to sit down and watch the scenery go by.
To me, this ride was nice but also somewhat of a waste
of time. It _was_ nice to be able to sit down and let the sights come to
me for a while. However, I'm a big Disney World fan, and I got impatient
after a little while, because I kept thinking about all of the stuff I
could be seeing if I weren't on this boat.
I would not recommend this ride to anyone with kids,
especially those older than about seven. They're probably going to be too
impatient to experience all of the other things the park has to offer.
However, for people visiting without kids or with older kids, this might
just be a chance to escape some of the kids constantly running around
The best time to try this ride is at night. If you ride
during the day, you see Disney World and the throngs of people. However,
once it gets dark, the boat is all lit up, as are all of the attractions
that you go past. Everything looks festive, and you could almost believe
that you were floating down the Mississippi River on a peaceful riverboat.
When everyone starts getting tired of walking through the Magic Kingdom,
The Liberty Belle Riverboat is a great place to take a break.
The triple decker Riverboat departs every 1/2 hour for
a 20 minute cruise around Liberty Square and Frontierland. Arrive
early if you want a seat, because there are not enough benches for
everyone.The boat departs on the 1/2 hour and on the hour.
The distance that the boat travels is a half of a mile.
Along your journey you will see The Big Thunder Mountain Rollercoaster,
Ton Sawyer's Island,The Haunted Mansion, and an Indian
Village.It gives you the feeling of being on the Mississippi River, at the
turn of the century.
The ride is nice during the day time, but it is better
experienced at night time. If you ride during the Electric Light parade,
you will have an excellent view. The entire boat is all lighted up. The
fog comes off of the water, adding to the effect. As you turn the corner ,
Haunted Mansion, you can hear the music, and sound effects. It is really
The upperdeck offers some of the best photo
opportunities in the Magic Kingdom.The boat goes slow enough, not to blur
During the Summer and Peak Season, the characters Chip,
Dale, Meeko , Pocahontas,and John Smith have been known the take the
cruise.They will poses for pictures and sign autographs.
I would like to see the addition of Restrooms on the
boat. 20 minutes is a long time to wait for most children, if they have to
use the bathroom.
I would also like to see Disney offer drinks or Ice
Sale on the Boat.In the Summer, the temperature in Orlando can reach the
high 90's, and I would like something cool to drink on the boat.
The boat is great if you have several days to spend at
Walt Disney World,But if you have a limited amount of time, I would skip
Liberty Belle Riverboat, a replica of a Mississippi Steam Boat, takes
Magic Kingdom guests on a relaxing cruise through Frontierland's Rivers of
America. It definitely isn't a state-of-the-art ride with lots of special
effects, and it may bore some thrill-seeking children and teenagers, but
for most others this is an excellent way to get away from the crowds for a
while and take a break.
The ship departs every 30 minutes from its dock in Liberty
Square, near the Hall of Presidents.
The taped narration for the ride is provided by your
"captain" and Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), who point out the various
sights along the route.
During the cruise you can catch spectacular views of Big
Thunder Mountain, the mill, fort and other theming of Tom Sawyer Island,
the Haunted Mansion and a variety of sets including Native American camps
and burial grounds.
Tips and suggestions:
1. Except during extremely busy times of the year, the
ship doesn't usually fill to capacity. Waiting in line is seldom necessary
2. Strollers are not permitted aboard
3. The top deck offers the best views
4. For an alternative cruise of the same waterways,
Mike Fink's Keelboats depart regularly from Frontierland near Big Thunder
5. Limited seating is provided in small "cabins" in the
center of the boat
6. On a very hot day, stand close to the smokestacks,
and you will be cooled off by a gentle mist of precipitating water vapor
Note: I visit Walt Disney World almost weekly. Since
the Opinion Details do not provide options for regular visitors, the "Type
of Travel", "Length of Visit", etc data are not completely accurate.
Imagine yourself back in the times of Mark Twain's character, Tom Sawyer.
Your floating down the lazy
Mississippi River on a raft when
this magnificent River Boat with it's beautiful Paddlewheel slicing thru
the water comes near. You hold your breath and the sounds of the boat as
well as the sounds of the water keep you magnetized to the beauty of it
Some of the BEST pictures that we took on our last trip
to Disney World were taken from the Liberty Bell. The scenery that you
pass while riding, is so breathtaking. You pass several rides along the
way, which includes the Tom Sawyer Island. The kids wanted to go
there, but we never seemed to find the time to make it over to there. :(
The first time that part of our group rode this, was at
night during a portion of the Fireworks display. The view was pretty good,
but with the combination of the lights of the Liberty Bell and the
Fireworks in the sky it was just one of those "magical" moments.
Our second ride on the Liberty Bell was somewhat of an
adventure. Everyone in our party was there and it was daylight. Our feet
were hurting from all of the walking that we had been doing so we opted to
ride the Liberty Bell. The wait in line wasn't much more than twenty min.
or so, even though we arrived just after it had taken off for the trip
ahead of ours. Our party was the first in line, so when we were allowed to
board, the boys in our group raced up the stairs to the upper deck.
Michael my son noticed a couple of kids going to the area of the captain's
office. Michael is curious and doesn't want to miss out on a thing, so he
went to follow the other children. They were wanting to get to pilot the
riverboat. At a much slower speed, the rest of our group followed Michael
to get in line at the captain's office. The children at the front of the
line had to leave when they were summoned away by an older sibling to go
and join the family. This turned out to be our "LUCKY DAY"!
The captain came to where our group was standing when
Michael asked if he could pilot the boat. Now I really didn't know if that
was something they allowed, but sure enough, he was allowed to "pilot" the
boat. The captain told the kids in our group when they could blow the
whistle or ring the bell. They had so much fun and thought that they were
really something special. I took several pictures during this trip from
the wheel house.
When the ride was over, the captain gave the three
children in our group a dated and signed Pilot's Certificate. We had to
fill in their names, but this was on of the many souvenirs that we didn't
even have to pay for.
Although this ride was VERY enjoyable both times for
us, it is about twenty min long, then the time to stand in line. It's a
nice place to sit and rest to catch your second breathe, but if you are on
a tight schedule, you can ride the boat from the Transportation landing
area. It's not as beautiful, but it can suffice.
Liberty Belle is a big, beautiful "riverboat." It has 3 levels that hold a
ton of people, with most of them standing for the ride. There are a
limited number of benches available to sit on. There are some interesting
rooms set up that you can walk through, and you can also view the
"paddlewheel" close up from on board the boat.
The ride makes a circle around the river, returning to
where it started. Along the way, a voice over speakers will tell you about
the places you pass on your journey. (Various Disney World attractions,
and scenes set up just for viewing from the river.)
This is a long, slow ride which doesn't take you
anywhere, and isn't particularly interesting. If you ride the Liberty
Belle Riverboat, you can safely skip riding Mike Fink's Keel Boats, and
vice-versa. You'll hear the same story, and take the same path around the