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June 14, 2013

Location: Fantasyland/Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom

The details found throughout the Disney parks are amazing. Every little item helps tell the story of the land guests are in. However, sometimes an object can be found in two different lands which gives Imagineers a difficult task: how do you bridge these two areas together? Today we are going to take a look at a building which helps with the transition from Fantasyland to Liberty Square!

While approaching Liberty Square from the edge of Fantasyland guests can find the Liberty Tree Tavern on their left hand side. While most guests would simply walk past the building not even second guessing why a restaurant that has an entrance in Liberty Square can be found in Fantasyland, we know that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Let's start by taking a look at the building from the Fantasyland side:

Liberty Square - Fantasyland

Here you will see unsuspecting guests passing right by the little details that help tell our story. If you look at the top left corner of this picture you will find the Liberty Tree Tavern sign featuring a chicken clutching onto a fish. While the sign seems pretty insignificant, there's more to it than meets the eye. Keep in mind that while standing in Fantasyland guests are in a medieval castle courtyard. With that in mind, you may recall that the majority of people in this time period didn't know how to read. Due to this, restaurants would create signs featuring pictures of what was served inside; in this case, chicken and fish.

Now in order to travel from Europe in the 16th century to America in the 18th century, guests need to travel through both time and space, which is represented by the little walkway up ahead. While walking through this walkway, you are actually traveling through time (about two centuries worth) and space (Europe to America). Unlike today, when people would travel from one continent to another they couldn't simply go to the airport, but they'd have to travel by boat. So while exiting Fantasyland we are leaving from one harbor (The Columbia Harbour House) and when we enter Liberty Square we are entering yet another harbor (The Columbia Harbour House once again).

Due to education spreading over the two centuries we have just traveled take a look at the sign for Columbia Harbour House on the Liberty Square side. Here the main items on the menu are written out instead of found in picture form! Not bad for two centuries worth of travel!

Columbia Harbour House


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