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    Question Why did the Keelboats die?

    I know that the Keelboats have been gone for a while now but does anyone know why they were taken out? They were lots of fun to ride and the great thing was that they were not on a track so it was an actual boat. Anyone?

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    The Keel boats keeled over a bit too many times a few years ago...
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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    Quote Originally Posted by ExJungleSkipper95
    I know that the Keelboats have been gone for a while now but does anyone know why they were taken out? They were lots of fun to ride and the great thing was that they were not on a track so it was an actual boat. Anyone?
    From Yesterland.com:



    In 1994, at the end of the summer, the Mike Fink Keel Boats closed for the season. All through 1995, the Keel Boats never reopened. Had they closed forever? No! The Keel Boats reappeared on the Rivers of America at the end of March 1996.
    Then came... The Accident. At around 5:30 p.m. on May 17, 1997, the Gullywhumper began rocking from side to side while on a routine trip around the island. The Gullywhumper tipped over, dunking a boatload of guests into the Rivers of America. Several guests were treated for minor injuries at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Following the accident, the Gullywhumper was removed from the water for inspection. Neither the Gullywhumper nor Bertha Mae operated for the rest of the 1997 season or during any of the following years.
    The Bertha Mae reappeared in December 2001—not as a park ride, but as an item at eBay’s Disney Auctions site. The description said that the boat “is not actually a seaworthy craft. It is suitable for display and/or storage on solid ground only...” Disneyland pocketed $15 thousand, and half of the two-boat fleet was gone.
    In Spring 2003, the Gullywhumper returned to the Rivers of America—not to transport guests, but just as a prop. The Gullywhumper is moored at Tom Sawyer Island, providing another thing to see from the Mark Twain, Columbia and Canoes.

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    I never got around to going on that ride. Interesting to know why it closed!

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto
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    In Spring 2003, the Gullywhumper returned to the Rivers of America—not to transport guests, but just as a prop. The Gullywhumper is moored at Tom Sawyer Island, providing another thing to see from the Mark Twain, Columbia and Canoes.
    How ironic. I was just on the Mark Twain (again) this morning, and as I passed the Gullywhumper, I thought "I wonder whatever happened to the Keelboats?"

    Now I know.

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    They were still active at WDW in 2000 and I think 2001. They were gone by 2002.
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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    I only remember going on the ride once. They told jokes like on JC. It was fun.

    I wish I had done it more often....

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    They closed, Mrs. Harris made some promises to reopen them. They came back as props.

    Yep.

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    The Keel(over)boats were part of the interesting and rich River traffic that helped tell the story of the expanding American Frontier. They were also one of the visible attractions that tricked guests into being both actors and participants in grand story which Walt was telling. I hope they re-engineer them for safety and they return to the Rivers of America.

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    Quote Originally Posted by tloolgb
    ...Harris made some promises to reopen them. They came back as props. ...
    But he kept his promise!

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto
    But he kept his promise!
    she*

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    Quote Originally Posted by A Disney Dreamer
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    Yes, sorry, "she".

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    Re: Why did the Keelboats die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto
    But he kept his promise!
    No, props are not a reopened attraction.

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