One if by land. Two if by sea.

February 9, 2011
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I’m excited for my first post about the educational fun you can have at Walt Disney World. Why take just a vacation when you can have an adventure? Don’t worry, the topics discussed will apply to both the young and the young at heart.

Today we are traveling to the Magic Kingdom to take a look at two hidden lanterns.

Located above the Hall of Presidents in a two-story window is a reference to Paul Revere. Longfellow made famous the lines “One if by land. Two if by sea” in his poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

“Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,–
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

This is just one of the many fun finds hidden in Walt Disney World.  Enter the Paul Revere Virtual Museum to learn more about Paul Revere and his famous ride.

Make sure you leave a comment letting me know what you would like to know more about.

Happy Explorations!

Tracie

Tracie is the author of Kid Tips for Walt Disney World and Walt Disney World Adventure. You can learn more about her books at http://vacationfieldguides.com

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3 Responses to One if by land. Two if by sea.

  1. Allison Jones on February 9, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Great article Tracie!

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  3. Kathy on February 10, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    I know I have a picture of that window somewhere! Thanks for writing about Liberty Square… so many guests just rush through without noticing all the Disney touches like this one!

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