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Disney world secret: Back in the day, the exit for the Haunted Mansion used to be through a turnstile that let guests off at Liberty Square. When the turnstile was removed, a bit of the machinery was left in the ground. Many people thought it resembled a wedding ring, and a legend was born. “Because this ring was a creation of the fans and not Disney canon, the story of the ring varied depending who would tell it. Perhaps Master Gracey had gotten angry at the young woman for cheating on him and tossed it over the balcony in a fit of rage. Or maybe it was the indent of her ring forced into the ground when she flung herself to her death. The delightfully morbid notion took on a life of it’s own and the little piece of embedded pipe grew into legend.” After the ring was finally paved over fans became upset. Because it was such a fun little Easter Egg to find when visiting. So, the Disney Imagineers decided to add an official haunted ring to the ride. The only problem, you have to find it. But, don’t worry Disney cast members are totally happy to help you find the haunted mansion wedding ring!

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[Image description: two photos of a woman standing outdoors in front of a tall, leafy hedge, one a full-length shot and the other three-quarters. She is white and has dark brown hair, short on the sides and worn curly off to one side on top. She wears glasses with frames that are tortoiseshell on top and clear, pink-tinted plastic on bottom. She wears a wool, tartan blazer in mossy green, light blue, and teal, a buttoned waistcoat in navy blue plaid, a floral chambray shirt in light blue, green trousers, and knee-high boots.]

Please forgive me if I throw all the patterns on at once; sometimes I just can’t help myself!

Blazer: LL Bean | Vest: Made by me | Shirt: Old Navy | Pants: Old Navy | Boots: Avenue | Pocket square: Liberty

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Iterations of Haunted Mansion exterior concepts through the years: a Louisiana plantation home for Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, a neo-Gothic New England manor for Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, and even an early concept developed which would have been located along Disneyland’s Main Street (top), which resembles the Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris today. 

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On Tiananmen Massacre’s 25th Anniversary, see photos that show it then and now here.

(Source: CNN via Youtube)

Keeper Secret #1

Charlene: So in Liberty Square, there are no restrooms!

Willa: This is in keeping with the colonial theme, since there were no indoor toilets in the colonial era.

Philby: However, there are restrooms on the extreme left side of the Columbia Harbor House restaurant, since that portion of the restaurant is technically in Fantasyland.

Finn: The more you know…!

The square was opened initially as “Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Square,” but the name was eventually changed to “Liberty Square” to honor Taiwan’s transition from a one-party rule to a democracy. 

Liberty Square, Taipei, Taiwan