- Liberty Tree Tavern
July 3, 2011
Clang Clang "Here ye, here ye, on this the
Lord's Day, we shall be having out meal between breakfast and supper
at the Liberty Tree Tavern!" It's 1776, and the
colonies have just gained liberty from the overtaxing and
so why not celebrate with a feast to rival the first Thanksgiving!
With a day before the nation's Independence Day, a look at
Walt Disney World's most patriotic dining establishment goes without
The entrance to the Liberty
Tree Tavern. Image from
Before we tuck in to the unbelievable feast the
Tavern has to offer, let's take a quick look at how the restaurant
is themed. It is named for the great Liberty
Tree, just outside the restaurant, meaning to be the place where the
revolutionaries met to discuss the revolution.
The busy lobby of the tavern resembles the busiest room of any
colonial home: the Kitchen. An enormous fireplace
takes up most of the back wall with a great black kettle hanging
over an extinguished fire. The wall is lines with
shelves filled with jars of spices and other ingredients, hinting at
the great feast you are about to experience.
While you wait in the lobby, there are some benches and a coloring
table for kids, featuring character coloring sheets in colonial
garb. Keeping right with the theme, the only
crayons provided are red and blue.
Speaking of characters, this table service
restaurant used to offer a patriotic character dinner with classic
Disney friends dressed in period costumes and even some of the
colonial times Disney characters like Meeko from Pocahontas.
As of January
2009, Disney stopped offering this portion with the dinner
for unknown reasons. Liberty Tree Tavern is only
one of 4 Table Service restaurants at the
with nearly all needing reservations months in advance, so by
stopping the character dining, meal times are shorter and guests are
in and out quicker. I am assuming the meet and greets ceased in
order to produce a higher table turnover rate and allow more guests
to enjoy the feast. The oddest thing is the price
of the meal is the same for other character meals, yet there are
no characters. The move was unfortunate and I
hope they bring it back someday.
Colonial Minnie (photo by
Samantha Decker at Flikr.com).
Liberty Tree Tavern with an
advertisement for Character Dining.
With the colonial Disney characters gone, the
restaurant's atmosphere still has a lot to keep you in the mindset
of America in 1776. Servers are dressed in
colonial garb and cry out "Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the Liberty Tree Tavern
would like to welcome the (name) family" when ready to seat you.
The dining rooms are also decorated with colonial paintings
and items, with each room representing different historical figures
important to the times.
This room features George
Washington, with paintings of his home at
and wooden ducks, his favorite animal. (I'm just kidding with the
last part, haha)
One of the larger dining rooms
behind the fireplace lobby features Tavern style lighting.
The Liberty Tree Tavern is a
table service restaurant in Liberty Square at
Magic Kingdom, providing guests with an A
La Carte lunch service (selections from a menu)
and "Family Style" all you can eat table service
for Dinner. The lunch menu
offers colonial themed selections including, but
not limited to the Declaration Salad,
New England Clam Chowder, Delmarva
Chicken and Dumplings, New England Pot Roast,
the Pilgrim's Feast (Roast turkey, herb bread
dressing, mashed potatoes and vegetables), and
Vegetarian Pot Pie.
The All You Can Eat Family Style
Dinner is very much like the Pilgrim's Feast and
offers additional selections to please every
member of the family. Each
guest is treated to unlimited refills of their
favorite soft drink in a glass Liberty Tree
Tavern tankard like mug. The
feast includes 3 courses, starting with bread
and Tossed mixed green salad, followed by the
main course, and finished with dessert.
A cup of tea comes with a tiny
Your beverage mug is available
for purchase at the conclusion of your meal.
Salad and Bread!
Though the meal itself was
incredible, everyone in my party agreed the
bread was one of the best parts.
Served warm and fresh, the bread was a
milk based bread roll. I've
made similar bread in the past and I could tell
they used a substantial amount of milk powder to
make it moist, light, and flavorful.
The main course came with never
ending plates of proteins and sides.
Included in this never ending feast came
with green beans and carrots, mashed potatoes,
herb and cranberry stuffing, macaroni and cheese
(a treat for the kids in the family, but may
also be a nod to our Founding Father George
Washington who called feathers Macaroni), and
our party's favorite: the plate of meat.
Each plate of meat came with cuts of
carved beef, smoked ham, and roast turkey.
The best part about the meal: when they
say never ending, they mean it!
You can get as many refills of everything
as you want, as long as you eat it.
I think our party had 3 platefuls of meat
before we decided we were ready to explode a la
Thanksgiving dinner coma.
The buffet serving for two,
when I went later with my friend Brian
Dine at Liberty Tree Tavern and
you too can consume this platter!
He stuck a noodle on his fork
and called it macaroni!
Celebrating our nation's
birthday was not the only celebration that
evening. Our party had 3
birthdays and we were treated to 3 surprise
birthday cupcakes as well as the Liberty Tree
Tavern birthday song!
(to the tune
of Yankee Doodle)
Happy Birthday Patriot
Put aside your labor
We would like to honor you
And treat you like a neighbor
Happy Birthday Patriot
Sing your celebration
Welcome you and all our friends
From Each and Every Nation
DING! DING! (this is a ringing bell)
cupcakes with dessert, the Apple Crisp and Ice
Our server, Carrie, was quite
the good sport, getting all our drink orders
right and always being available to clear a
plate and bring new platters of meat.
She even sang the birthday song twice in
order for me to write it down for this blog!
The Liberty Tree Tavern does not
disappoint with the feast they offer, as it is
quite filling and cooked to patriotic
perfection. With such a
colonial atmosphere and the quintessential
American feast, it's hard not to pretend you're
a revolutionary during the youth of our nation.
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