Walt Disney World is mostly known as a place for guests to experience magic and fantasy like never before, especially at Magic Kingdom. In addition to all of the enchanting stories that come to life inside the park, you can also travel through time in just one day at Magic Kingdom. From the 1600s-inspired Liberty Square to the futuristic world of Tomorrowland, Disney World offers an incredible journey from the past to the present and beyond.
Liberty Square was designed to be an adventure through history across the United States. It starts with the Haunted Mansion in Upstate New York circa 1670s. As you wander around the land, buildings and attractions represent different periods of time all leading up to Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland.
Most of Liberty Square’s attractions celebrate early American history. However, some of the design choices around the square also authenticate the time period. Window hinges look like the leather ones used during the Revolution in order to save metal for the war. The brown pavement is inspired by old cobblestone roads. Outside of the restaurants in Liberty Square, there are no bathrooms in the entire area. This reflects the lack of indoor plumbing during the 1600s.
Other nods to historical moments around Liberty Square include:
- Paul Revere’s lanterns in the window of the House of Burgesses
- The Liberty Tree a 100-year-old oak tree
- A replica of the Liberty Bell
- Architectural representations of each of the 13 colonies
- State flags for each original colony in the center of Liberty Square
Like Liberty Square, Frontierland was also designed as a chronological journey through America, roughly spanning from 1790 to 1880. The overall “wild west” feel of the area is evident with the architecture and landscape. There are also several landmarks that act as nods to specific periods in time.
The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon represents an early-1800s transition between east and west. Grizzly Hall, home of the Country Bear Jamboree, Grizzly Hall celebrates the Colorado Rockies in the mid-1800s.
You’ll get a glimpse at the 1860s-1870s in the American Southwest as you head towards Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn. The passageway between Frontierland and Adventureland features an influence of Mexico, transitioning from the Southwest part of Frontierland to the Spanish Colonial-inspired Caribbean Plaza in Adventureland.
Splash Mountain is a depiction of the 1870s Deep South, originally designed to fit into the Western River Expedition concept. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad represents Arizona in the 1880s, specifically Monument Valley.
Main Street U.S.A.
Main Street U.S.A. represents small-town America in the early 20th century. The whole area pays homage to Walt Disney’s childhood and experience in the early 1900s. Some elements that embody the time period include a real working barbershop, the Firehouse, City Hall, horse-drawn trolleys, and performances from the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet.
Adventureland is inspired by exploration and expedition in the 1930s. Big band music and periodic announcements playing over loudspeakers throughout the land help to provide the vintage adventure feel of the area.
From the Jungle Cruise and the Swiss Family Treehouse to Pirates of the Caribbean, Adventureland’s attractions celebrate early discovery throughout the Caribbean Plaza and the Arabian Village.
Other lands provide a glimpse into the past, but Tomorrowland focuses on visions of the future. Attractions like the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and the Carousel of Progress take you on a journey through time.
When Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, Tomorrowland explored what the future might look like. As that future has become reality over the years, Tomorrowland has evolved to focus on futuristic and intergalactic experiences.
After your time traveling expedition, head to EPCOT for a culinary adventure through the World Showcase. You can find Walt Disney World tickets at a great price at any of Tickets2You’s Orlando locations!