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Richard F. Irvine Riverboat

Opened

May 20, 1973

Renamed

1996

Location

Liberty Square

The Richard F. Irvine Riverboat was the second river boat at Walt Disney World.

History[]

The Richard F Irvine riverboat was named after the Disney executive Richard Irvine. It was the 2nd Riverboat to enter into service on the Rivers of America at the Magic Kingdom. Its counterpart, the Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat, served from October 2, 1971 through 1980. The Richard F Irvine was completely refurbished and returned to service in 1996 as the Liberty Belle Riverboat. The Liberty Belle underwent an extensive rehab lasting from Sept 2005 to Sept 2006 and is now back plying the waterways of the Magic Kingdom. Coincidentally, Irvine is the late father-in-law to Walt Disney Imagineer / Disneyland Art Director, Kim Irvine, whose mother is the late Leota Toombs.

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