Liberty Street: Never Built Disneyland

Never Built Disneyland

Liberty Street Liberty Square Concept Art Disneyland

During the early days of Disneyland, one of the most discussed expansion spaces was the area between Main Street USA and Tomorrowland, with multiple plans developed for this area, with each proposal bringing various attractions to the park. One of the proposals that got furthest into planning was a proposal that would have given the park two parallel lands, Edison Square which we already discussed, and our subject today, Liberty Street.

This land was intended to feature its entrance from Town Square near the entrance of Disneyland, and would have had a layout similar to Edison Square. It would have featured a street leading to a dead-end, this time themed based on the revolutionary period of American history.

This street would have been themed based on the original thirteen colonies that made up America, and led to the two attractions of the land.

One of these attractions would have been known as One Nation Under God and featured the presidents. If this sounds familiar, it's because it is. This show would be adapted twice into other attractions that did get built, first into Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, developed just after this land was canceled. It took the same basic theme, but adapted it for a sponsor of the New York World's Fair, the State of Illinois, by featuring only President Lincoln.

Later it would be adapted in a form more similar to its initial originally intended form as the Hall of Presidents in Walt Disney World.

The other attraction was set to be another stage show based on The Declaration of Independence.

This land was canceled when Disney's focus shifted to the 1964 World's Fair, and like Edison Square, many ideas would be taken from it for the attractions at the fair.

Mr Lincoln Animatronic Disneyland Main Street USA

Today Great Moment's With Mr. Lincoln is located right next to its proposed location in Disneyland.

But the most significant lasting impact of this land on the Disney Parks, is in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom. This land basically took the same theme as the never built section of Disneyland, even including a version of one of its proposed attractions. The land allowed the ideas behind this land to come to life in a different way.

The land planned for this attraction remains mostly empty to this day, and will likely never be filled by actual attractions.

Liberty Street Concept Art Disneyland

Thanks for exploring this never-built land with us and be sure to check out the rest of the Never Built Disneyland series here. Also, make sure you come back next week when we explore this land more in-depth with the never-built Hall of Presidents planned for Disneyland.