Category Archives: Liberty Square

Quick Shot – The Haunted Mansion with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Information

In honor of the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the year (which begins tomorrow, September 14th), we’ve got a quick shot of the Haunted Mansion to share.

Welcome, Foolish Mortals

And speaking of MNSSHP, the dates for this year’s 2010 parties are:

September 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30

October 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31

November 1

Party Hours are 7pm to midnight with the Boo To You Parade performed twice each night at 8:15pm and again 10:30pm. Hallowishes, the party’s fireworks event, goes off at 9:30pm.

Advance purchase discounts ($57.46 adult/$51.07 child) as well as Annual Passholder/DVC discounts ($53.20 adult/$46.81 child) are available for all nights except October 29 and 31. These two nights are considered premium nights and the cost is $69.17 adult/$62.78 child.

Day of Event tickets will be available while they last for a cost of $63.85 adult/$57.46 child.

We will be attending our first ever MNSSHP on October 29th, so stay tuned for many photos and video from the event!

Trying Something New – Columbia Harbour House

There are a few options for quick service dining inside the Magic Kingdom, including a newfound favorite for us, the Columbia Harbour House, located in Liberty Square.

Columbia Harbour House

There are a few good reasons why this restaurant makes an excellent choice for a quick lunch or dinner when visiting the park. Sometimes you just don’t want to deal with getting to a restaurant at a certain time like you have to when you make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) for the table service restaurants. Sometimes you just want to grab a bite when you feel like it but not feel like you’re rushing around and not getting a good meal. If that’s the case, this is the spot. The menu is different in that it offers various seafood selections that you don’t find in the other counter service spots around the park. They also have a couple of tasty sounding soups that I bet taste fantastic on those random cold winter days in Orlando. The kids’ menu is similar to those you see around the parks.

Fried Shrimp Entree and Anchors Aweigh Sandwich

Another part of this restaurant we loved was the seating area. Indoor seating is available both downstairs as well as upstairs, and once you start moving around this place, you see that it is actually very big and there are plenty of tables available. But there’s one spot that makes your meal even more enjoyable. As you’re leaving Liberty Square and entering Fantasyland, look up. That little bit of a building connecting the left side building to the right side shop is actually Columbia Harbour House seating. A window seat in here is a perfect way to people watch in either Fantasyland or Liberty Square.

Upstairs Seating Overlooking Fantasyland and Liberty Square

Looking Out into Fantasyland

So the next time you and your family are ready for a good meal at a decent quick service price (all entrees range from $8 – $9), then head into the Columbia Harbour House for a good meal with a good view.

Menu

Entrees

Lighthouse Sandwich – Hummus with Tomato and Broccoli Slaw

Anchors Aweigh Sandwich – White Tuna with Lettuce and Tomato

Chicken Breast Nuggets and Fish – Apple Slices or Fries

Fried Shrimp served with Coleslaw and French Fries

Fried Fish Basked served with Coleslaw and French Fries

Chicken Breast Nuggets served with Apple Slices or French Fries (8 piece)

BLT Salad – Mixed Greens with crispy Chicken, Bacon, Egg, and Tomato

Garden Harvest Salad – Mixed Greens, Chicken, Garden Vegetables, Cheese, and                                                  Sunflower Seeds

Soups and Sides

Bowl of Vegetarian Chili

New England Clam Chowder

French Fries

Coleslaw

Kids Picks

Chicken Nuggets

Mixed Greens with Chicken

Macaroni & Cheese

Peanut Butter & Jelly

All include Grapes, Carrot Sticks, & choice of 1% Mickey Milk, small Bottled Water, or 100% Apple Juice

Desserts

Apple Crisp

Chocolate Cake

Strawberry Yogurt

Columbia Harbour House is 1 Quick Service credit for those on the Disney Dining Plan

Find this and many informative Disney articles in the 8th Disney Blog Carnival.

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Hall of Presidents

Since today is Memorial Day I thought we would look at a patriotic attraction. Located in Liberty Square, The Hall of Presidents opened with the rest of the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. The attraction was based on Walt Disney’s idea of a show called One Nation Under God and since he wanted the Presidents to be more than just wax figures, he worked with Imagineers to create the first Audio-Animatronic, which was of Walt’s hero, Abraham Lincoln.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln opened in Disneyland and after Walt’s death it was decided to continue with his idea of the One Nation Under God show which became The Hall of Presidents. Each time a new President is elected they are added to the show with a recorded speech. President Obama was added when the attraction last went under a refurbishment from October 2008 to July 2009. He recorded his Oath of Office speech for the show as well.

Hall of Presidents - Magic Kingdom, April 2010