Canoeing through the wild frontier:
On May 19,1971, the popular summertime canoe attraction, Indian War Canoes, reopened as Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes at Disneyland.
Indian War Canoes first opened on July 4,1956, as part of Frontierland"s Indian Village expansion. Two authentic Indian guides were aboard every canoe, leading Guests on an exciting journey around the island and past Cascade Peak.
The Indian Village closed in 1971 to make way for Bear Country, prompting the new theme based on the legendary frontiersman known as the "King of the Wild Frontier." Guests have been paddling along the Rivers of America with frontier explorer guides ever since.
In both of its forms, the canoes are the only single-location attraction, besides the Disneyland Railroad, to reside in three different lands-Frontierland, Bear Country and Critter Country-without being moved.
These 35-foot long canoes have made appearances in other Disney parks as well. The attraction can still be found in Tokyo Disneyland as the Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes and, for a short time, both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris had their own versions.
remember watching the canoes from Club 33 in the morning hours setting up the bar...Dr Lee