Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Belle to Receive Another Refurb — Are 999 Happy Haunts to Blame?
Fresh off a recent small refurbishment, the Liberty Bell Riverboat in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square is scheduled to undergo yet another (and longer) refurbishment beginning May 5.
Although there could be very good reasons for the temporary closure pertaining to the attraction itself, it’s no secret that the Haunted Mansion queue has been walled off to curious eyes waiting to enter the retirement home for ghosts with room for a thousand. For those who see the construction walls as merely an obstacle, the Liberty Belle has become a vehicle of choice for peering in from the other side to check in on how things are moving along.
Since it won’t be nearly as practical to sparsely throw up trees and scrims as the park has done to lightly discourage peeping toms from checking in on the New Fantasyland expansion, it just may be possible that the closure is in anticipation of putting on the final touches on the new supposed next-gen queue of the theme park classic, preparing for its public debut which coincidentally may be when the Liberty Belle is scheduled to re-open on May 20 — which perhaps not so coincidentally is the same day when Star Tours II re-opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.