Hiya! Do you miss the Keel Boats? What was your favorite memory of them, should Dland bring them back?
I too miss them, they were taken away, due to the a faulty bilge pump (spelling?) and a cast member got all the guests rocking the thing during the ride - it basically tipped over and sunk.
Memory...(odd one): There were three long blonde-haired women working on canoes, standing on the dock..and all on the keel boat were treated to the three sirens yelling across the water:
"Ooooooh, Traaaaaviiiis!" and in unison flipped their hair from one side to the other. The boat driver looked, as were many of us on the boat - they guy was left speechless..glad to know his name was Travis and not Sam as his name badge said.
Now, while many cast members had done this and it was frowned upon but generally not a punished act. Just a boat that needed help and hadn't gotten it yet.
While I would LOVE totally LOVE for them to be brought back, I seriously doubt that they will...
They overloaded the boat and had to much weight to one side. That is the reason it flipped over. They have since sold one of the boats and the other sits on the banks. I wish they would bring them back. There is so much newer technology they could put in them to make them safer.
I was a few minutes away from Hong Kong Disneyland and didn't make it but got this cool picture though
I loved 'em. They were the Jungle Cruise of the Rivers of America. You could get some pretty funny skippers!
Between them and canoes... we traded a lot of Skips river for river!
About a year back the JC put together a canoe race team, first time in a while. We had a decent time, but we were known more for the jokes we cracked on the ROA. Let's say it was an entertaining experience for everyone within ear shot, including Theme Park 1!
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Here is a picture of Gullywhumper, the one remaining Keel Boat still on the Rivers of America. Next time you pass by on the (Mark Twain or any other river transport still running) give ole Gullywhumper a nod. The boat has taken on water the last couple years and I'm sure will be removed one day soon as it's likely to be rotting and will pose a hazzard on the river. Too bad really, Disneyland should bring back the Keel Boats.
Interesting story, the Keel Boats were originally the same boats from the Davy Crockett series, shown on TV in the 1950's. In the early days of Disneyland they were always looking for ways to add attractions to the park and increase ride capacity. The story I've heard is that the boats were secretly refurbished by the studio workshop to hold passengers just afrer the conclusion of the TV episode and presented to Walt one day as a "gift" for Disneyland. The boats most recently at Disneyland are reproductions of the origional boats. The old boats where made of wood and the new boats of fiberglass.