Monday, July 30, 2012

Finalists in the Wedding Giveaway

Lynn Green Brooks:
My Disney love story happened August 15, 2007. My hubby and I were married at the Grand Floridian's Wedding Pavilion at 10am. I had always dreamed of getting married there ever since I was a child. I truely felt like Cinderella marrying my Prince Charming. My son, age 7 from a previous marriage, walked me down the aisle. We chose all Disney songs to be played during our ceremony. This day was a very happy day but also a sad day. Only 15 days before we married my husband's 2 young nephews (ages 8 and 6) died in a house fire. To honor their memory, my son wore a button with their pictures and I had an all pink rose bouquet with 2 blue roses. Before the boys died, they were so excited to be able to go to WDW for the first time. Now every trip we make to WDW we always think of the boys and guess what their favorite ride or attraction would be if they were still with us here on Earth. RIP Dustin and Maeson <3

  Mary Fougnier:
Growing up, I always watched Disney movies and hoped and dreamed I’d find that special someone. That someone that would fight the evil dragon, or search the kingdom for me should we separate… or even be that someone who would stay young forever with me. And in 2010, I found that certain someone. That someone I had met once upon a dream. The one that would not let me leave the ball, but should something happen, would search the kingdom and protect me. We are so alike, and we don’t want to grow up. Thankfully, we both love Disney and that is possible. Although we both love Disney movies, we also share an affinity for Disney parks, and the man that made it all happen – Walt himself. When he popped the question, he knew two things: It had to be in WDW, and we both had to be wearing Mickey ears. I’m extremely fortunate to be planning for our Fairytale Wedding, in the place that means so much to us. Disney brought us together, made us dreamers, and is making dreams a reality.

Nicole Bocina:
I've always been a huge Disney junkie, from the very first time I set my eyes on The Little Mermaid as a little girl. No matter how many times I go to WDW, I always get chills when I catch a glimpse of Cinderella's Castle. But that reaction is nothing compared to what Wishes does to me- there's something so incredibly magical and beautiful about it that it makes me cry every single time. Even just hearing the music gets me! Now, my reaction is even more emotional, since my fiancĂ©, Christopher, proposed during Wishes last year. He waited until the Blue Fairy told everyone to “hold our hearts together and make a wish come true,” then he told me to close my eyes and make a wish. He told me that he loved me more than anything and put the ring box in my hands! We both share a love of all things Disney, so we will be getting married in WDW 6 weeks from today! I've been dreaming of a Disney wedding since I was little, and now it's coming true! I can't wait to add more chapters to our Fairy Tale!

Shannon Curtin:
My Disney love story started about a week before February 12, 2011. I was searching on the DISboards on the singles thread and came across a post from someone close by in Virginia. I sent him a message and we kept going back and forth for a week. We set up a date for February 12, 2011 at a local restaurant and movie theater. He brought me a few roses since it was so close to Valentines Day. From the day we met we were hooked. Our love of Disney broke the ice and we even talked about what restaurants at Disney we wanted to try. A few months of dating and we moved in together and the rest was history. We planned a trip for October 2011 where we dined at the restaurants we talked about on our first date. We had a great night at Ohana and made our way to the beach area at the Polynesian resort to watch fireworks. Tim asked me what my favorite moment of the trip had been and I told him about the Halloween party. I asked him what his favorite moment was and he said "right now" and got down on one knee. He had the most beautiful ring in his hand and it was such a perfect moment. In 2 months exactly from this day we are getting married down at Disney World at the Swan and Dolphin resort. We cannot wait to share Disney with our guests and to have children one day and share Disney with them. Disney brought us together and will always have a special place in my heart.

Amber Lorneza:
I am Minnie and I have found my Mickey! My Fiance and I are two ears on a mickey hat. We are best friends. He accepts the fact that I want my life to be one big fat giant polka dot!( I love polka dots!!) So great! Anyway! He proposed to me on May 5th 2011 in DisneyWorld on our first night (I dont think his nerve could take it any longer!) It was so late and funny because he woke me up to go get a drink! After much hesitation,(it was later worth it) I got up and we went on a walk and once he found a spot worth kneeling upon I said yes! But not before a random person said CONGRATS! before he even asked :/ It made it memorable. We (as would many couples) would love to get married in Disney, and my Mickey has tried very hard to figure out a way, but its just not in the stars. Our date has been postponed two times already because he was hurt at work and has trouble walking now and we figure he would like to Dance at his own wedding! When it does happen there will be PLENTY of obvious and hidden mickeys~

Friday, July 27, 2012

Foodie Friday: Mitsukoshi

                                                   little fishies...
                                           many diff sodas,coffe in a can,milks, and more....

I know by now, you are probably like what does this have to do with food? Well, I am gonna let you in on a secret. This is one of my favorite store's in the Japanese pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase. This store is 10,000 sq feet. You will find all kinds of things here ranging from pick a pearl, kimonos, anime,Japanese weapons, shoes, health and beauty items, incense ,and tea items. All the way in the back, in the last room, is a hidden gem. Here, you can sample some of the best sake for about $5.00 per shot glass. That is really yummy, but the best thing is the Japanese food!!! There is all kinds of food, candy,drinks!!

My favorite is the chocolate filled marshmallows! My favorite drink here is the ramune. It comes in all flavors, my favorite is strawberry. The bottles have the neatest caps. There is a glass marble you have to take the plastic lid off the glass bottle, turn it upside down, and push the marble into the middle of the bottle, to open it. It is really neat how they make them! The different candies are pretty cheap, as well. You could walk out of here with a nice haul for little amount of money.

They have rice candy, which is neat. It's a candy where you actually eat the wrapper! Other neat things in the store are freeze dried snacks like dried squid, mini fishes and wasabi peas. So, if you are up to an adventure for your palette, stop inside Mitsukoshi while you are in Epcot!!
 Also, once your done snacking, don't forget to stop by Tepan Edo,and the Katsura grill.

And new for this summer are ice pops!! At only $2.00 each, they come in plastic sleeves, that you can break into 2 pieces. What a great cool off snack, that you can actually have your kids split. It doesn't get any better than this.

Enjoy the pics...some snacks,drinks, and just one of the candy sections..

Friday, July 20, 2012

Addicted to Mickey Wedding Giveaway

Addicted to Mickey has partnered with several shops to bring you one awesome giveaway. We have a Disney themed thumbprint guestbook from Ever After Printables, a Disney inspired countdown frame from Stampin' Crazy in TX, a set of "I Do" Mickey inspired glitter shoe stickers from the Bridal Bling Shoppe, and "UP" inspired bottle cap pin from Kool Kapz, a Mickey inspired necklace from AJs Bead Boutique and a Mickey inspired garter set from Grammins Treasures. Requirements listed on the Rafflecoptor giveaway page must all be met in order to win, as well as leaving a comment on THIS blog post. Your comment must be 100-200 words about your Disney love story. You do NOT have to be getting married at Disney, or even be getting married, for that matter. If you love Disney, share your story. Addicted to Mickey writers and the giveaway sponsors will choose our top five (5) favorite stories on July 27th, 2012. The top 5 stories will be posted in blog format and posted on the Addicted to Mickey Facebook page on July 30th, 2012. Addicted to Mickey readers will then vote on the TOP story. The story with the most votes (considering all other requirements are met as well) will win all items in the prize pack. Facebook and Disney are in no way connected with this giveaway. Contest open to U.S. residents only. After the winner is announced, the winner will have 24 hours to reply to the post/message. If this isn't accomplished, another winner will be chosen. The winner must also be in touch with each shop to verify shipping information, as each item will be shipped separately. Thanks and Good Luck!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Man Behind The Magic: A Book Report

I just recently finished reading the book The Man Behind the Magic-- The Story of Walt Disney by Katherine and Richard Greene.  Although it was first published in 1991, I was able to borrow it from my town library.   This book took the reader from the early years of Walt in Marceline, Missouri through the current status of the company as of 1990.  The chapters are short and easily manageable. 

The information covered in this book details the first drawings of Oswald (who has had new life breathed into him through the Epic Mickey game) and the birth of Mickey Mouse and the Fab Five.  There is also a lot of information about the development of the studio, the animated shorts and feature length films, the live action division of the company and the disagreements between Walt and his brother Roy, who guided the company’s financial growth throughout its development.

Some of the details that I had found most interesting was that Walt and Ray Kroc (founder of McDonald’s) were in the same unit during World War I and the level of trust that Walt Disney initially had in the people who he work with either within his company or who helped with the distribution of the products he made.

I was very aware that Walt Disney was a visionary and perfectionist.  He was much more interested in the quality of his work than in the cost that it took to get it there.  I loved the fact that Walt was so invested in the cleanliness of the parks and the treatment of the guests.  I do believe that this is something that can still be felt walking through the parks today. 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about Walt Disney the person or Walt Disney the company.  It amazes me what Walt Disney was able to do in 65 brief years.  The dreams that he was working on at the time of his death have been allowed to come to life in the form of Walt Disney World and Epcot.  Although one will never know exactly what he had in mind, we have been given a chance to share in his passion for education and entertainment with a dose of patriotism.    

Monday, July 16, 2012

Alone Time at Disney World

I'm the one in the middle. LOL

  One of the best parts of going to Disney World is the quality time I get to spend with my family, though having some alone time has its perks. Now when I talk about alone time here, I mean actually going to one of the theme parks, not going to the spa, or golfing, or fishing, etc. I have one occasion where I went all by myself, it was for the One More Disney Day event at Magic Kingdom on Leap Day this year. Now I would've liked my wife to come but she had to work, and she said she didn't want to be at there for 24 hours straight anyways, and my 2 year old son wouldn't have lasted.
At first I was a little bummed to be going by myself, but I'm a huge Disney addicted and being that this may have been a once in a life time chance to be at Magic Kingdom for 24 hours straight I had to, plus my wife was real supportive, she pretty much made me go, I ended up having a great time. Granted, I was there for 24 hours alone so at times I got a little bored, luckily Disney fans are great and real easy to talk to. I got to do a lot of things that I hadn't before, or hadn't in a long time. My wife is not a fan of "thrill" rides, and my son was to small ride them, I don't like making them wait around while I have all the fun. One thing I got to do was to "stop and smell the roses", which can be hard with a 2 year old, all the details in Magic Kingdom are amazing, I really got an appreciation for the window on Main Street U.S.A.
Now I'm not saying you should hop on the next plane down and take a week all by yourself, but if you live close, maybe a day trip, or maybe on you next trip take a little time for yourself to go to your park of choice. On a day when everyone else wants to sleep in, you get up early for rope drop. Perhaps the rest of your family wants to do the Mountains of Magic Kingdom but that's not really your speed, plan to meet up later and take some time to ride your favorite rides, visit shops, see shows, or whatever you want. If your staying at a Disney Resort and you have little kids who head to bed early, if it's ok with your spouse, take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. Not only will the lines be shorter, but Disney really is extra magical at night (great picture opportunities).
So all in all I love Disney with my family, but going alone really made me appreciate it even more, and I got to see and do things I hadn't before. I would recommend to anyone, if you can, take some time for yourself in the parks. Have you done this before? Would you, if you had the chance? And remember sometimes the alone time can make your family time all the more better! So for now have a magical day and see you real soon.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Free Dining Deals! Book With Guru Travel and get Mickey Ears and Autograph Books

Today is the announcement that you have all been waiting for. Today July 12,2012 the Walt Disney Travel Company has announced their much anticipated FREE Disney Dining for the fall. Below are the official details directly from Disney. Click to Enlarge Place picture here    Offer Details: Get ready to cook up a great vacation! Purchase a non-discounted 6-Night/7-Day Magic Your Way Package (with accommodations and Theme Park tickets included) for arrivals most nights 9/30–10/4, 10/19–11/1, 11/9–11/15, 11/23–11/29 and 12/10–12/13/12 — at select Disney Value Resorts and get a FREE Quick-Service Dining Plan, or at select Disney Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts and get a FREE Disney Dining Plan. An offer this tasty is the perfect recipe for a vacation you’ll never forget! Book 7/12–9/29/12. Offer excludes campsites and 3-bedroom villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of  Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard View Rooms. Excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages.    As always we would be honored to be chosen as your Disney Travel Specialist. Are you ready to book? Contact me today for your FREE quote. We offer the very BEST customer service and magical extras to make your trip truly unforgettable. *Unlike previous years this year FREE Dining is extremely limited. You will need to book soon in order to get the room you would like. Do not wait!

Rain on your Disney Parade?

This subject makes me giggle, I have heard so many funny things about Disney, like there is a secret bubble over all Disney, and there is never bad weather..that is one of the most talked about subjects people actually believe, sadly, though it would be nice on some days, but this is not true at all.

 It rains, and storms, and sometimes gets hit with hurricanes!! And, sometimes it may even be all while you are on vacation. It may sound like a horror story, but if you prepare before you go, you should be just fine. So,How do you prepare?
 It all starts in your packing. You know you are headed down to a warm climate and you know to pack shorts and t's, for the better part of the year. But, a lot of people forget about the other parts of packing. You will want to buy rain ponchos, there only a buck at the dollar store, they are flat, and take up barely any room in your luggage. If you wait, you will be shelling out $6-$8 each for ponchos in Disney, and that would take a nice chunk out of your budget.

 Second, look at the shoes you will be wearing. Most people know they will be doing a lot of walking, 10-15 miles a day and will bring sneakers. If you are caught in a downpour, you will be sloshing around in wet socks, not a fun thing to do, this is why I recommend crocs. I understand they may be ugly, but they take the water, and dry right up. No need for soggy socks or walking in squishy shoes. Now, if you do plan on wearing sneakers, bring extra socks and shoes or throw some flip flops in your bag.

Third, pack a few plastic baggies. These are good for water rides or if it is raining You won't want your camera, phone and money getting soaked.

If you get cold easy, bring a sweatshirt. Sometimes after the rain it gets a little cooler out, depending on the time of the year.

You can even take towels with you ,they're nice to have just in case, to dry off or for a dry spot for the parades after a storm.

 So, your at your hotel, and its raining, now what? Do you sit in your hotel room, and watch tv? NO Way!!!!
 TOP 10 Things to do if its raining:
10- Take the kids over to the arcade, let some energy out.
9- Make some pressed pennies, get a book in the store, and start a collection.
8- Go to the spa at Saratoga Springs or Grand Floridian
7- Head over to Epcot and sample some wines
6- GO Shopping!!DTD is the best for this, they have the Biggest Disney store in the world!!!
5-Resort hop, go check out some resorts, you can go to any resort and look around, and shop in the shops. Each resort gift shop has different items, so this makes shopping even funner!!
4- Check out Disney Quest, a 5 floor arcade!!
3- In Epcot, go to Innovations, hands on family fun and learning, you can even ride a segway for free(16and up)
2- Go eat!!!Lotsa choices on that !!!
1- Play in it!!! Disney brings out the kid in everyone, get out(as long as there is no thunder or lightning)

 For the most part, the rides in Disney are under some kind of roof. Rides that are not covered sometimes close in the bad weather. So, be prepared for that. I know how it is to be so excited to ride a ride, and find out it is closed. Just wait a while later, showers usually go by pretty quick in Florida, maybe get a fast pass for later on.

 Try to plan Animal Kingdom for a day that it isn't raining. Most all the fun things for kids to do is outdoors and you may not see many animals, they don't care for the rain either.

 Don't forget the babies, if they are in a stroller, make sure if you see the weather beforehand, invest in a stroller rain cover, keeping the little ones covered is top priority.

 Another option is to go to West Side in DTD, and go see a movie at AMC, they even have a plan where it includes dinner too!

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If all of this seems like too much, you can just have a lazy relaxing day, stay in your room, read a book, order room service, and just relax.

One of the best things if you are in the parks, lots of people leave the park, or go hide out for a while, this is the best time to get some ride time in, the ride times usually go down, and you can get some more fun in.


Umbrellas!!! I personally can't stand waiting in line being poked by a umbrella every 5 seconds, and it's also something to have to carry around unless you rent a locker.

 For the brave ones, enjoy the shower, especially in the summer months, heat index is usually in the 100's, the rain will feel like a welcome cool off!!!


There are many other things to enjoy while in Disney while its raining, but this should get you started. Make lots of your own memories, then share with us what you learned while at the Happiest Place on Earth in the rain!!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Booking for 2013!

Have you been dreaming of a Walt Disney World vacation in 2013?    Hello Addicted to Mickey Fans…Kelly Ortiz here with Disney Guru Travel here to share some exciting vacation planning news.   As of today, July 11th, 2012, you can book your 2013 dream vacation!   Book now and you could have up to 16 months to pay your vacation in full!   Confirm your 2013 vacation by August 31, 2012 and get FREE Mickey Ears, autograph books and pens for each child in your party!    All adults traveling?  Get a free $25 Disney Gift card!   Contact me today for your quote! Be sure to mention Addicted to Mickey so that you qualify for the promotion. :0)   See Ya Real Soon!   Kelly  

Monday, July 9, 2012

Disney Crowds

There have been two times in my life that I can recall being at Walt Disney World during the Fourth of July.  The first time was when I was about eight years old.  I can remember staying at the Contemporary Resort.  We always stayed in a room that overlooked the castle.  At the time, Epcot was relatively new.  I know that the night of the Fourth of July my family of five was in the hotel room.  We watched the fireworks from the balcony.  There had been a number of thunderstorms that had passed through that day so the fact that the fireworks had been lit at all was remarkable.  I had wanted to be in the parks to see the fireworks but my parents had wanted to be in the room.

It wasn’t until the summer of 2006 that I really understood why my parents felt safer in the hotel room.  That summer we travelled as a group of 13 adults and an eighteen month old.  During the day, several of the parks had reached capacity.  After dinner we decided to watch the Illuminations show at the World Showcase in Epcot.  My mother decided to head back to the room with my young son.

I can never remember a time that I was more claustrophobic at the parks.  We had entered through the main gate at Epcot and headed to the World Showcase.  Everyone in the group was very familiar with the layout of the park.  As we rounded the corner to head toward the Canadian pavilion there was an overwhelming mass of humanity scurrying in what felt like a million directions.  Our group of ten adults held hands as we tried to wind our way through the people.  I was the second person in our connected line and even as an adult grew fearful as I lost the hand of the person in the lead. 

As we passed by the Refreshment Port the group had completely separated from one another.  We had picked a spot to meet between the Canadian and the United Kingdom pavilions.  The fireworks that night were spectacular and well worth the effort.  I was so happy that I had the chance to enjoy the Fourth of July in such a magical spot.  I will also be forever grateful that my mother took my son back to the hotel and that we did not have a carriage to push through the bottlenecked mess.     

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Independence Day!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Foodie Friday: Recipe- Liberty Inn Apple Cobbler

Liberty Inn -Apple Cobbler

 Preheat oven to 300^
3 1/2 C all purpose flour
2 TBS sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter
4 TBS Crisco, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
2 TBS ice water

Sift together flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl.  Using fingers, work in butter and shortening until it resembles course crumbles.  Add ice water  and work with fingers until water is incorporated and dough comes together.  Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.  Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to thickness of pie crust.  Lone baking dish with dough.

Apple Filling
 4 lbs baking apples, such as Golden Delicious
1/2 C sugar
1 1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 C flour

Sift dry ingredients.  Put apples in small pan and cook on medium heat 2-3 minutes.  Add dry ingredients and cook until apples are soft.  Remove apples from heat and chill.  Place in baking dish over pie crust.

Cream Cheese Filling
8 oz cream cheese- room temperature
1 large egg
2/3 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix until smooth.  Pour over apples and swirls slightly.

Oatmeal Streusel 
3/4 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 C packed brown sugar
3/4 C rolled oats
1/2 C unsalted butter
 Mix ingredients and spread evenly over filling. Bake in center of oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  Best served with vanilla ice cream!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Disney with Little Ones: Honey I Shrunk the Kids

  One of my favorite play areas to take my son is the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" Movie Set Adventure. Located in the Backlot area of Hollywood Studios. It is based on the 1989 movie of the same name, and it makes you feel like you've been zapped by Professor Wayne Szalinkski's Electromagnetic Shrinking Machine down to the size of a bug. It's a great place for the kiddos to run, climb, slide, and play all while you can take a break and rest for a bit.
Owen riding the Giant ant.
This was a week before he turned 1.
  When you're here you really feel like you have been shrunk down and are in a backyard, just like in the movie. Not only are there 30 foot tall blades of grass, a jumbo plant root maze, giant bugs, such as 40 foot tall bumble bees and a giant ant you can ride on, but their are many things you might find in a house with kids. A giant tub of Play-doh, a huge Super Soaker that periodically shoots out water, plus a film strip slide and 52 foot leaking water hose. You'll aslo find many other slides and a climbing net, and water features (enough to cool off, but not so much that they'll be soaked afterwards).
  I love this area because not only does it give me time to rest while my son runs off some energy, but there's a certain bit of nostalgia because I loved this movie as a kid. Though my son doesn't get the reference to the film, as most young kids probably won't, he loves it cause well he gets to do some of his favorite things: running, climbing, sliding, and playing with water. This area is great for kids and adults alike. So do you stop here? What do you think of it? Is this a magical place for you and your little ones? I have to say it is for me and mine. Thanks for reading and see you real soon for our next Disney with Little Ones.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Who's Who Wednesday: Sam the Eagle: Bald Patriot

No Muppet is more patriotic than Sam the Eagle.

Sam the Eagle: Patriot, Muppet, Bald
Muppet Wikia
All who have had the fun of watching Muppet-vision 3-D at WDW's Disney Hollywood Studios have learned how Sam the Eagle ranks the good ol' USA:

Kermit the Frog: We will also see a rousing finale from Sam the Eagle. What's it called, Sam? 
Sam the Eagle: It's called "A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America." 

And despaired that Sam's full tribute has been cut short:

Kermit the Frog: Sam, are you ready with that finale? 
Sam the Eagle: It's a glorious three-hour finale! 
Kermit the Frog: You got a minute and a half. 

Sam's mighty brand of patriotism knows no boundaries--literally. Here's a scene from:

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Sam Thespian Eagle in The Muppet Christmas Carol
Muppet Wikia
Sam the Eagle: Tomorrow, you become a man of business! 
Young Scrooge: I'm looking forward to it, Headmaster. 
Sam the Eagle: Mm, you will love business. It is the AMERICAN WAY! 
Gonzo: [whispers] Sam... 
[whispers in Sam's ear
Sam the Eagle: Oh... It is the BRITISH WAY! 

Sam is also proud to bring culture, refinement, and highbrow entertainment to Muppetry and WDW. Though he's made a few errors, calling Beethovan his favorite playwright, ordering Marcello Mastroianni as Italian soup (and receiving "a swarthy, good looking man sitting in a bowl. I always send him back"), citing Rudolf Nureyev as his favorite opera singer, and then giving Nureyev the bum's rush out of the theater when he fails to recognize him.

Sam mistakes Nureyev for a "Weirdo"
Muppet Central

Culutre, Yes; Libarace, No!
Muppet Wikia

It's Muppets and characters like Sam the Eagle that inspire all of us to say:

"It's times like these, I'm proud to be an American."

For goodness (and funniness) sakes, check out the rest of the quotes by clicking the links above! Sam the Eagle has lots to say!

Naturally, we here at Addicted to Mickey, are addicted to any and all things Disney (mostly), and though we are unable to present Sam the Eagle's glorious three-hour finale, the least we can do is share one of Sam's mighty tributes to America.

Sam the Eagle: Proud to be an American, Captain America(n)
Major Spoilers

It's a Muppet-Band version of American composer John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, introduced by none other than that great, though often confused, patriot:

Sam, the (American) Eagle!

Happy 4th of July! From everyone at Addicted to Mickey, and especially from:

Sam the Eagle!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Liberty Square

  Liberty Square is one of 6 lands at Magic Kingdom, it is the smallest land as well. Though it may be small, there is much to do in this original land of the Magic Kingdom. There are 3 attractions, 3 restuarants, and 3 shops, not to mention various merchandise kiosks and food carts. There is also the huge Liberty Tree at the center of the land. The theming of Liberty square is of Colonial America. You can get to Liberty Square from Fantasyland, Frontierland, and the park's central hub.
  The 3 attractions you can enjoy are The Haunted Mansion, The Hall of Presidents, and the Liberty Belle Riverboat. The Haunted Mansion, which is located near the entrance through Fantasyland, takes you on a ride in a Doom Buggy through a haunted house. The Hall of Presidents is an audio-animatronic show featuring every American President, it's a learning experience and a great place to rest and get out of the heat and sun of Florida. The Liberty Belle Riverboat is a steam powered paddle boat that goes around the Rivers of America.
  The  restaurants are Columbia Harbor House, Sleepy Hollow, and the Liberty Tree Tavern. The Columbia Harbor House is a quick service resturant which includes seafood and chicken dishes, very much New England style dishes. Sleepy Hollow is a quick service eatery where you can get funnel cakes and waffle sandwiches and soft serve ice cream as well. The Liberty Tree Tavern is a sit down casual dining experience. Modeled like an 18th century American Inn, also with a New England inspired meal including, new england clam chowder, pot roast, roast turkey, and salads and sandwiches.
  The 3 shops are Heritage House, Yankee Trader Gourmet Shop, and Ye Olde Chirstmas Shoppe. They all contain your basic licensed Disney merchandise that fits the theme of the stores. Heritage House has many American History items. Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe is one of just a few shops around all of Walt Disney World where you can get christmas ornaments and decorations year round.
  So that is a quick look at Liberty Square, do you take the time to enjoy it, or do you just pass through to get to all the popular rides? I would recommend taking the time to "stop and smell the roses", not only is really well themed you may learn a thing or two as well.