Liberty Tree Tavern

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Liberty Tree Tavern
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The exterior of the Liberty Tree Tavern
Magic Kingdom
Land Liberty Square
Opening date 1971
Restaurant Type Table Service
Menu Type American

The Liberty Tree Tavern is a table service restaurant in Liberty Square.

Restaurant History

The Liberty Tree Tavern opened with the rest of the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. On the park's opening day map the Liberty Tree Tavern was listed as Liberty Square’s only restaurant [1]. The Liberty Tree Tavern remained essentially the same until the early 1990s when the restaurant began having character dining during dinner [2] [3]. At this time, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Pluto and Minnie began meeting guests dressed in colonial costumes. Also in the 1990s, the Liberty Tree Tavern’s dining rooms were refurbished, and each room was dedicated to a specific American revolutionary figure [4]. Following the refurbishment, the rooms were known as: the Benjamin Franklin Room, Thomas Jefferson Room, John Paul Jones Room, Betsy Ross Room, and the George and Martha Washington Room [5].

On January 5, 2009, the Liberty Tree Tavern discontinued character dining [6].

In 2010 the Liberty Tree Tavern received an extensive exterior refurbishment [7]. The restaurant remained operational during this time. Also in 2010, from January 3 until February 15, characters returned to the Liberty Tree Tavern (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) while the nearby Crystal Palace was closed for refurbishment [8].

Restaurant Description and Layout

The Liberty Tree Tavern is made up of six dining rooms, each honoring an important person in the history of the United States. The rooms inside the tavern are dedicated to: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Paul Jones, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, and finally George and Martha Washington.

Each of the restaurant’s six dining rooms is themed to the revolutionary figure that the room is dedicated to. To this end, the Thomas Jefferson and George and Martha Washington rooms are very stately and elegant. The Paul Revere room is themed based on the fact that the patriot was a silversmith, while the John Paul Jones room is decorated with nautical equipment. Likewise, the Betsy Ross room showcases the early American Flag. Finally, the Ben Franklin room is decorated in a way that alludes to the fact that besides being a statesman, Franklin was also a man of science and invention [9].

Menu

Click below to see the Liberty Tree Tavern’s current menu:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/liberty-tree-tavern/menus/

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • Until 2008, a “town crier” would call out each dining party’s last name and home state when their table was ready [10].
  • Guests can see Benjamin Franklin’s kite inside the Ben Franklin dining room.
  • Guests can also find George Washington’s wooden teeth in the George and Martha Washington room.
  • The portrait of Benjamin Franklin that is currently found in the Hall of President’s exit was originally found in the Liberty Tree Tavern [11]

References

  1. http://passport2dreams.blogspot.com/2010/10/shakedown-at-magic-kingdom.html
  2. http://florida-project.com/images/guidemaps/mk/magic-kingdom-guidemap-1995-november-05.jpg
  3. http://florida-project.com/images/guidemaps/mk/magic-kingdom-guidebook-1991-late-07.jpg
  4. http://passport2dreams.blogspot.com/2010/04/mr-franklins-travels.html
  5. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2010/03/14/liberty-tree-tavern-design-decor-and-delicious-dishes/
  6. http://www.intercot.com/discussion/showthread.php?136708-Garden-Grill-Lunch-Ends-10-08-amp-Liberty-Tree-Tavern-Character-Dinner-Ends-1-09
  7. http://www.wdwmagic.com/dining/liberty-tree-tavern/news/18apr2010-liberty-tree-tavern-under-exterior-refurbishment.htm
  8. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2009/10/15/liberty-tree-tavern-character-meals-available-january-3-february-14-2010/
  9. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2010/03/14/liberty-tree-tavern-design-decor-and-delicious-dishes/
  10. http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/2008/02/liberty_tree_tavern_pagers.html
  11. http://passport2dreams.blogspot.com/2010/04/mr-franklins-travels.html