For guests, the water craft choices on the Magic Kingdom’s rivers of America is down to one – The Liberty Belle sternwheeler. Keel Boats and Canoes are all but distant memories. The dock for the canoes has been converted to a smoking area and the keel boat queue integrated into the haunted mansion line. But there is still one moment where the river comes to life. Every year, Disney breaks a few canoes out of deep storage and organizes a cast member event to help with morale. It’s a great tradition as you can see by this video:
However, I think a better tradition would be for Disney to bring back the Keel Boats and Canoes for guests. I’d even take an exchange, run Keel Boats when it’s hot out and Davy Crockett Canoes only on cool days. What do you think? Good ideas.