Disney’s Liberty Square Liberty Bell

| July 6, 2010

In honor of our country’s birthday, let’s take a quick look at a replica piece of Americana inside Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom.  The 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.

Photo by Aaron DelPrince - wdwinfo.com

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.

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  • crazydisneyman

    Thanks for the info ADP. That is really interesting, and a special honor for the Magic Kingdom!

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  • downscale

    This is an inaccurate story. Philadelphia’s replica bell resides in Allentown, PA…I live rather close to it. If you were to read the plaque that is with WDW’s Liberty Bell you can see that it was cast in 1989.

    The state replicas of the Liberty Bell were actually cast in 1950, as a huge publicity stunt for the Liberty Bell Savings Bond Drive. 55 replicas were made, one for each of the 48 states, Washington D.C., and the nation’s territories.

  • Jason

    What is your source?