Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Lost Imagineering: Liberty Street

As early as 1959, Disneyland souvenir books were featuring artwork of a proposed patriotic-themed area adjacent to Main Street U.S.A. called Liberty Street. The concept was ultimately realized twelve years later as Liberty Square in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Potentially inspired by the 1957 film Johnny Tremain, Liberty Street would have featured two elaborate attractions themed to American history and located in the area's main structure, alternately referred to as either Liberty Hall or Independence Hall. One attraction would have focused on the birth of the country as related through the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence. The other, "One Nation Under God," would have showcased American history, and its concept would later evolve into Disney World's Hall of Presidents.

For more details on Liberty Street, check out Wade Sampson's excellent article The Liberty Street Story 1959 at MousePlanet.com.