This Day in Disney History
October 2, 1971: The day after the grand opening of the Magic Kingdom, the Liberty Square Riverboat opens.
On this day, the Admiral Joe Fowler takes the first trip around the Rivers of America. The river circles Tom Sawyers Island and lets you see some sights not visible from from anywhere but aboard the riverboat. The Liberty Belle is the boat currently on the river, and is a reproduction of the historic steam vessels used to transport people on the Mississippi River!