So I'm sure this will be covered in part II, but I'm wondering what the dimensions of the Disney ship are. I always thought the original would be bigger but at least from what I'm seeing measuring from google earth it seems the replica is quite a bit larger.
Stern to bow is coming out at 100 feet exactly and about 27 feet abeam.
The replica is accurate almost to the inch. Masts are shorter (slightly).
Great read, I appreciate the stories and inspirations behind Disneyland attractions like this. Before I just knew that the Columbia as 'the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe' as I think I remember from the on-board spiel. Most people probably just see the ship and don't think much about it. Other interesting 'origin of/inspiration of' stories might be: the Mark Twain, New Orleans Square, different aspects of Main Street, I'm sure the list can go on...