Fun Find Friday
February 3, 2012
Location: Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom
I was in shock when I
realized the other day that I had not
covered any Fun Finds in Liberty Square yet.
Why? In my opinion, Liberty Square is
littered with Fun Finds around every corner
just waiting for the Disney fan to discover.
In fact, it is my favorite detailed area of
all the parks in Walt Disney World.
Fantasyland is my all time favorite land,
but the attention to detail in this colonial
area is unbelievable.
So what does our Fun Find deal with this week?
History of course! All around Liberty Square are subtle nods to
America's past, but one of my favorites can be found in a window
located between the Columbia Harbour House and the Hall of
Who's ready for a history lesson? Sorry, but you're
getting one anyway.
April 18, 1775. The Revolutionary War was well
underway and the redcoats (those still loyal to Great Britain) were
attacking Boston. Robert Newton, the sexton of the North Church, was
instructed to alert colonists and two men of the British movements
as soon as he was aware. How would he do that?
By lighting a lantern in the steeple of the church.
In order to instruct the Freedom Fighters on where the attack would
be coming from, and at the same time allowing colonists to flee in
the other direction, Newton was giving a very simple task. Light one
lantern in the steeple if they are coming by land, and two if by
After he signaled the colonists, Paul Revere began
his infamous "Midnight Ride" where he began to shout, "The redcoats
are coming! The redcoats are coming" (this is different than popular
belief of saying "The British are coming." He never actually said
that since most of the colonists still considered themselves
British, therefore he'd be pointing out to some of them that their
next door neighbor may be coming to power some sugar. This would
most likely make that colonist flee as well.)
With the lighting of a signal, the colonists were
prepared and helped them win the battle. But the question is, where
did the attack come from? By land or by sea? Don't worry, if you
ever stop by this window at night, Disney will remind you of
America's history by lighting the same amount of lanterns Robert
Newton lit so many years ago:
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