Secrets of Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow.  Notice the crooked shutters on the upstairs window!

As you enter Liberty Square, after crossing over the Liberty Square Bridge, there’s a building right in front of you, usually with just a few guests waiting in line.

It’s Sleepy Hollow, which serves the most delicious funnel cakes in all of Disney World!

But, look closely at those shutters on the building!  The colonists hung their shutters with cow hide leather, which they had in abundance, allowing them to save metal for rifles and horseshoes.

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More crooked shutters

Shutters on houses in the 1700s were not decorative like they are today; colonists closed them at night to keep out the “bad air” and opened them in the morning to let in daylight.  Over time, the leather would become weathered and worn causing the shutters to hang crooked.

All over Liberty Square, Disney Imagineers used metal designed to have the appearance of leather to hang window shutters. They also made sure the shutters were hung crooked in order to have a more authentic look.

Liberty Square Insider Tip:  Since there were no indoor or public restrooms in colonial times, there are also no restrooms in Liberty Square.  (The restrooms in Columbia Harbour House are actually located in Fantasyland.)

The 'open sewer' trogh running through Liberty Square.

The brown ‘open sewer’ trough running through Liberty Square, notice the red “earth” color of pavement.

Have you ever noticed that brown ribbon of pavement in Liberty Square?  There’s a reason for that!  In colonial times, there were no indoor restrooms so they just threw their sewage out of a window – sometimes second story window – or doorway right into the middle of the street.  The brown pavement represents a river of sewage created by this!  Eew!!

Colonial costume for Yankee Trader.

Elly wearing colonial costume for working at The Yankee Trader.

As a cast member, Elly picked up work shifts at the Yankee Trader and at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe over at Liberty Square.

Going home after a long day.

Going home after a long 12 hour day.

The Yankee Trader, one of our favorite stores, closed in summer 2014 and reopened that fall as the Haunted Mansion’s Memento Mori Shop.

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Making Magical Moments at the Magic Kingdom

Making Magical Moments at the Magic Kingdom

Working at Sir Mickeys for the first time.

Elly picked up some extra shifts at the Magic Kingdom this week, working at new locations around the Castle and at Liberty Square.

While working at Sir Mickey’s, Tinkerbell has loaned us some of her pixie dust and a special pink wand to sprinkle it. As a Magical Moment, Elly walks around and asks little girls – and also grown-ups – if they want some magical pixie dust. It is a really fine, iridescent, sparkly dust that they also use for hair glitter in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

The rules are that the pixie dust can only go on the very top of the head, the guest has to be over 3 years old, and we need parental permission before sprinkling. Elly walks around and asks the little girls, “Do you want some pixie dust for your hair?” They always say “YES!!!”, because who wouldn’t?!

Then she says, “Close your eyes”, and she waves the Tinkerbell wand over their hair and says, “Make a wish and with a little faith, trust and pixie dust, all your dreams will come true!” The little girls are always so excited, almost hopping up and down, and they want to go look in the mirror right away. (Their moms are taking photos of them having their Magical Moment the whole time.)

Elly also worked a rotation at the shop across the street, Castle Couture. This is the main shop for all the little girl princess dresses and the accessories, and some dolls. There is also a brave knight section for boys with navy capes made out of satin, and swords and shields. That store is very busy all the time. It also has a little shop for Photo Passes where the little princesses can get their pictures taken after coming out of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which is located in the castle.

The main question Elly was asked all day was, “Where are the Elsa dresses from ‘Frozen’?” Every girl wants one of those icy blue dresses! We are always sold out, and the CMs told Elly that the second they get a shipment of them in, it sells out that day. The only way to get an Elsa or Anna dress is to make an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for ‘The Castle Package’ ($200+) session, and then you are guaranteed to get the dress with your appointment. (Elly secretly saw them in the stockroom taped with warning signs and red tape of ‘Do Not Touch!’).

They also sell the ‘Frozen’ dresses in Epcot in Norway by the meet and greet for Anna and Elsa, but Elly has heard from guests coming over from Epcot that they usually only have XXS and XS in stock.

Elly had a great time working at the Magic Kingdom, but still struggles with using the tunnels to get to her work location. It is so easy to get lost in the tunnels; the exit stairways are not clearly marked as to where you are exiting to. A couple of times when she was coming back from her “Tea time”, aka her lunch break, she would go up the stairs from the tunnel, open the door and look around, and think, “Where am I…oh no, wrong store!” Luckily, the stores around the Castle share the same work costume, so she could just walk across the courtyard to the right shop rather than going back down and through the tunnels again.

Off from work.

Off from work.

Another fun part of working in the Magic Kingdom was eating in the big “Mousecertiera”, which is down in the tunnels. It has a Subway sandwich shop and a grill with burgers and fries. Elly loved sitting there seeing all the different CMs in their character costumes. She sat with Cinderella and Snow White and saw Jasmine, Aladdin, and Lady Tremaine. Seeing them in their costumes with their special hair and make up for their performing roles was very entertaining!

Colonial costume for Yankee Trader.

Colonial costume for Yankee Trader.

She also picked up work shifts at the Yankee Trader and Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe over at Liberty Square.

Going home after a long day.

Going home after a long day.

“A dream is a wish your heart makes…”

The tunnels are color coded showing you what Land you are in.

The tunnels are color coded showing you what Land you are in. (Not my photo! You can get termed for having your phone/camera out while walking around here)

Elly was very tired after working at the MK for three days in a row. It was a lot of work with constant lines at the registers and endless questions from guests.