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Journey of the Liberty Belle
 - Photo Tour

Photos by Brian Bennett, Ian Parkinson, and Karl Buiter

Welcome to Liberty Square!  The pictures of this photo tour came from my own most recent visit to WDW, but I've also tossed in some pictures by fellow MousePlaneteers Ian Parkinson and Karl Buiter.

Just to the left, in this picture of Liberty Square taken from Frontierland, is the landing where the lovely Liberty Belle, all decked out in her red, white, and blue bunting stops to pick up passengers and cargo for a trip around the River's of America.

After boarding the vessel, we made our way up to the very top deck.  Since we had a rather large group (five us us this time), we didn't attempt to go up into the pilot house this time.  It's a well-known secret that the captain will allow the first small group that asks to "come on up."  Not only do you get to see the river from the highest part of the boat, but you'll get to "drive" the boat, ring the bell, start the recorded spiel, and perhaps even get a riverboat pilot's license!

I took this picture from the third deck.  It's a shot down on Aunt Polly's, the counter service restaurant on Tom Sawyer Island.

After taking it, I ran down to the lower deck to get a closer view of Aunt Polly's.  I've never personally had a lunch here, but it looks like a great place to enjoy the river while having a snack.

While I was down on the lower deck, I took picture of the Frontierland waterside.  It looks a bit weird to be seeing this view... I'm still used to the grand vista of New Orleans Square being across from the island to the South.

Directly across from Frontierland is Harper's Mill, on Tom Sawyer's Island.

Here in Florida's Magic Kingdom, Frontierland stretches along the South part of the river bank around to the left in front of Splash Mountain...

... and Big Thunder Mountain.

There's always been rumors of a haunted mine with runaway trains here.  Seems peaceful enough to me... except for the screams of the people riding that runaway mine train in front of the haunted Big Thunder Mine. 

As we continue around the backside of the river, there's a view of a settler's cabin, some wildlife, and an Indian encampment on the North shore.

Working our way back around the bend, Fort Langhorn is on the Island side, to starboard.

As we come back toward Liberty Square, you might see a keel boat or two.  The Bertha Mae is just sitting here right now, but the keel boats get out on the river when there's enough guests to warrant the additional ride capacity.

The stately Georgian style Haunted Mansion sits up on a hill to port, just before the Liberty Belle returns to her dock for disembarking.

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