Liberty Square Riverboat closed for brief refurbishment

Aug 19, 2019 in "Liberty Square Riverboat"

Posted: Monday August 19, 2019 10:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Liberty Square Riverboat ride in the Magic Kingdom is now closed for a brief refurbishment.

Closure begins today August 19 through to August 23, with a planned reopening to guests on August 24 2019.

View all current and upcoming Walt Disney World refurbishments.

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Captain BarbossaAug 23, 2019

Congrats! Now that’s definitely a whistle that’s fit for a riverboat.

EricsBiscuitAug 23, 2019

Got to blow the Mark Twain’s whistle today.

twilight mitsukAug 20, 2019

Similar to the whistle on hogwarts express

Horizons1Aug 20, 2019

Ding ding ding. It is literally a train whistle.

DisAlAug 20, 2019

Yes, too many choices but all of your speculations are good choices. Like choosing between apple pie, peach pie, blueberry pie, and cherry pie. Leaving the whistle they now have on LB is like getting a mud pie. :in pain:

Captain BarbossaAug 20, 2019

Here’s a hunch I have about the whistle situation. Since 6 years ago or so, the WDWRR wants all of the locomotives to have different whistles. It’s easier to identify each locomotive this way, and it adds to the locomotive’s personality/characteristics. Lilly has a Buckeye 3 inch 3 chime, as does Walter. My hunch is that whenever Walter comes back, they might do 1 of 2 things. #1 They’ll put Roy’s original Baldwin 5 inch 3 chime on Walter. #2 Walter will get the Crosby 6 inch 3 chime that’s on Roy, and Roy will get his original Baldwin 5 inch 3 chime back. Either way results in each locomotive having a different whistle. Now, if either of those scenarios do happen, then I would understand why they took Roy’s original Baldwin 5 inch 3 chime off of the Liberty Belle, but they seriously could’ve gotten a better whistle to replace it with than that Lunkenheimer 3 inch single chime. But like I said, all of that is just a hunch. Then again, since Roger is gone, they could put his Lonergan 3 inch 3 chime on Walter, or put it on Lilly and let Walter keep his Buckeye 3 inch 3 chime. There’s too many choices. :hilarious:

Captain BarbossaAug 20, 2019

True. Well if that’s the case, then this is one long refurbishment for a whistle. It’ll be 1 year in December. Disney isn’t going to buy a whistle off of ebay. And a Buckeye 4 inch 3 chime is still on the high pitch side for a steam/riverboat. Would be a good whistle to put on one of the locomotives though.

EricsBiscuitAug 20, 2019

I love all whistles but they should have multiple whistles backstage that are far more appropriate than the one currently in use on the LB.

Animaniac93-98Aug 20, 2019

Love the Disneyland julep! Disappointed it was not available in the Tokyo equivalent of New Orleans Square. I'd be thrilled if they sold it in WDW. Even if only at POFQ/POR.

DisAlAug 19, 2019

If they are stupid enough to replace real photopass photographers with so-called automated systems they are stupid enough do to anything. Unless the whistle itself is not undergoing some sort of refurbishment and this is supposed to be temporary there is NO excuse for the change. And it is not like there are no whistles to be found. There is a 4" 3 chime Buckeye on ebay for $229.50. I fear there is a new generation of management at Disney that does not really care about maintaining the authenticity of the both the steamboat and the trains.

Captain BarbossaAug 19, 2019

Words cannot describe the amount of hate I have towards that whistle. It belongs on a tugboat. They need to put Roy’s original Baldwin 5 inch 3 chime back on. I have no idea why the heck they replaced it following the overhaul last year in the first place.

ppetAug 19, 2019

I have not, I have had Juleps at the home of the mint Julep, Churchhill downs and found them sadly lacking. I am a bourbon drinker and will withhold judgment until trying a Disneyland version, if you were told by your grandfather in a bar that they were good. ;)

Beacon JoeAug 19, 2019

Have you ever had the Disneyland julep?

ppetAug 19, 2019

How about a RUM bar. I shudder at the thought of the taste of a Julep.