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The Magic Kingdom's Replica Liberty Bell

Friday, June 08, 2012

In honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, let’s take a quick look at a replica piece of Americana inside Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom.  This replica Liberty Bell is one of 50 in the United States.  Like most Walt Disney World attractions, the replica Liberty Bell has a story behind it.

In 1976, 50 replicas were cast and molded in honor of our country’s 200th birthday.  Each state would receive one and place it in a spot of their choice.  However, the state of Pennsylvania had a problem.  They already had the original Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.  Why would they want a replica?  Years later, Walt Disney World realized Pennsylvania had the replica and asked if they could have it for Liberty Square.  Pennsylvania agreed and on July 4th, 1989 the replica Liberty Bell was hoisted and lowered into its permanent spot inside Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom where it still sits today.  Florida remains the only state with two of the 50 replica Liberty Bells.

One of the best activities at Walt Disney World is to understand and appreciate why certain props are put in specific places.  In most cases there is a story related to why the prop is there in the first place.  Do you have a story to share about a specific prop at Walt Disney World?  Do you know why Imagineers placed it there?  Please share your story with us in the comments section below or on the studioscentral.com official Facebook page

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Aaron DelPrince looks at the various activities you and your family can experience at Walt Disney World


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