Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia

Disneyland

One of the grand boats that makes its way around the Rivers of America is the Sailing Ship Columbia. Please take a ride on it if you have the opportunity. It's a nice relaxing cruise; you can sit above deck or walk below deck and check out the mini floating museum of sorts. You can get a small glimpse of what life was like. These are the captain's quarters.

Imagineers wanted to create a faithful replica of the actual ship Columbia, but sadly, there were no copies of the plans for the original vessel. Instead, they tracked down plans for the HMS Bounty and used those for reference in re-creating this vessel. It was made in a shipyard in Long Beach and made its Disneyland debut in 1958.

2 comments:

  1. I've never been on this. It looks nice! Also looks...not crowded. Like you can't actually go in that part and sit, am I right?

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  2. It isn't too crowded at all. You can't sit anywhere downstairs that I remember, but you could lean. ;) The Mark Twain riverboat is also a good escape from the crowds and there are lots of quiet places to sit there.

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