Liberty Square Riverboat and Tom Sawyer Island closing for lengthy refurbishment

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The Liberty Square Riverboat ride and Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom are closing this week to begin a lengthy refurbishment.

Closures of both will begin October 5 2020 and will run through to early 2021. As part of the work, expect the Rivers of America to be drained.

View all current and upcoming Walt Disney World refurbishments.


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Article Posted: Oct 02, 2020 / 8:38am ET

JoeCamel13 hours ago

Phewww! What is that smell?

MisterPenguin13 hours ago


jkh3661915 hours ago

IT'S ON A TRACK?!?!?? 😋

Disstevefan121 hours ago

I am glad they are getting this done now when attendance is down. I hope work does not get stopped by COVID, but I would not be surprised. Any time they stop work, they save money.

Squishy21 hours ago

DCBaker1 day ago

"Disney has recently updated their refurbishment calendar to reflect that the Liberty Square Riverboat and Tom Sawyer Island will remain closed for refurbishment through the end of February, reopening to guests on March 1, 2021. It should be noted that the March 1st reopening date is tentative at this point."

steve2wdw3 days ago

While the Liberty Belle is down for the count, does an insider know if her old deep throated whistle will return? The current whistle seems like it belongs on the steam train, not a riverboat.

Squishy19 days ago

Are they draining the whole thing or just a section? Clicky coreless posted some photos of water levels going down but there doesn't seem to be a barrier in sight.

Brer Oswald22 days ago

Never thought of Neverland. I quite like that idea.

UNCgolf22 days ago

Anything that's used exclusively for meet and greets is a great candidate, other than little small areas that add flavor. Something like the Winnie the Pooh meet and greet in Christopher Robin's bedroom is fine.

Animaniac93-9822 days ago

Fairytale Hall is another good candidate.

Brer Oswald22 days ago

I’m with you there

Bocabear22 days ago

While I believe Buzz Lightyear would have been better at DHS, Midway Mania makes that two shooting games with the same, Buzz is best left where it is, and it's a super popular ride. I agree heartily with the Speedway even if it is a close and rebuild to a far better version of itself...Tron theming, Indoor section, lots of set dressing, electric cars...YES! Double Dumbo is cute... The rest is out of place and not so great... it should all be rebuilt as Neverland with a brand new PPF where the circus tents are and a giant Captain Hooks Ship play area where the splash zone is... To me, that would make Fantasyland truly spectacular... Stepping off the train into a technicolor Neverland would be amazing and make our fantasyland completely unique for the good reasons...

matt911223 days ago

Nobody with a childhood you inglorious monster.