Mike Fink Keel Boats

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Published on June 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm with 7 Comments

Davy Crockett and Mike Fink raced their keel boats down the river to New Orleans. Davy Crockett may have won the race, but Mike Fink has the honor of having his name on this Yesterland attraction.

 

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  • NashvilleCat

    Maybe he could make a deal with the Great Wolf Lodge going up south of Disneyland on Harbor Blvd to use it as a prop. Maybe even make a small profit on it. It would go great with their theming and it would be cool to have it back so close to Disneyland.

  • rstar

    Thank you Mr Kraft for saving it. But if you ever decide that you can’t do anything with it, perhaps donating it to the Walt Disney Family museum or Griffith Park with his barn. At least if it is stored safely it’s not rotting away, and it is being kept for future use. I hate when I hear about historical objects being left outside or in improper storage and just left to rot away and be lost forever.

  • eicarr

    It’s sad America got so morbidly obese that the Keel boats became top heavy and we can’t ride them anymore. It was one of those slow rides you only rode every 2-3 years to put a fun twist in that year’s trip. Fun memories.

  • ranman101

    Time for a Disney museum. Haven’t been to the family museum so I can’t comment on what they have. It would be cool to have a huge permanent museum that has all things Disney. If the family museum already has this then pardon my ignorance on the subject,.

  • devans

    Wonderful article! Thanks for this. ranman101, the Disney Family Museum is a bit like a walk-through version of Christopher Finch’s “The Art of Walt Disney”. There is some Disneyland stuff, but not a lot. Too bad there’s not a Disneyland museum – this boat would be perfect for it.

  • Werner Weiss

    The Walt Disney Family Museum is primarily about the professional life and accomplishments of Walt Disney (1901-1966) and, to a lesser extent, about his life outside of his work. One particularly large gallery includes wonderful exhibits about Disneyland, along with other accomplishments of the final dozen years of Walt Disney’s life.

    I would love to see the Bertha Mae keel boat in The Walt Disney Family Museum, but it would be hard to imagine an artifact of its size there because the museum’s space is limited by the existing historical building in which it’s located. And, although the Bertha Mae is an artifact from Walt’s lifetime, it was a minor feature of Disneyland.

  • MRaymond

    I only rode the keel boats once that I remember. We rode on top and my parents rode inside. The next time we went back to the park, they were gone.

    I always thought that Disneyland should put in a museum. There is still that cast area behind Main Street or maybe inside Innovations. Then I would actually go in there. Better yet would be to buy out one of the old hotels across the street, then build a museum. Have a beltway in a tunnel from Main Street.

    Just an overpriced idea.