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May 20, 1973 – The Richard F. Irvine Riverboat Opens in Walt Disney World


“Walt Disney World’s second paddle wheel steamship, the Richard F. Irvine, was named in his honor until it was re-christened Liberty Belle in 1996.”

On May 20, 1973, the Richard F. Irvine Riverboat opened in Walt Disney World. Named after Disney Legend Dick Irvine, who was one of the first executives of WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering), the riverboat was the second authentic steamboat at the park, following the Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat that opened in 1971. In 1996, after a lavish refurbishment, the steamboat was renamed the Liberty Belle.


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  1. Reblogged this on The Mature Mouse™ and commented:
    Is the riverboat an attraction on your must-do list, or skip-it list? It’s been 45 years since I first road a riverboat in Disneyland. I have yet to to take a ride down the Rivers of America in the Magic Kingdom. This attraction is on my must-do list for my trip in June, but I would like to hear from you. What is your opinion of this attraction: Classic must-do, or, outdated skip-it?


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