June 22, 2013

The Gullywhumper Keelboat and Fink's Place

Mike Fink Keelboat Disneyland Gullywhumper river Davy Crockett
There she is, the best-named watercraft in the history of humankind, Mike Fink's notorious Gullywhumper from Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. The days of braving Disneyland's Rivers of America aboard spunky keelboats are long past, but it's great to see this tribute to the disreputable vessel that inspired the old ride.
Mike Fink Fink's cabin Disneyland fire burning Davy Crockett
She's moored, of course, at the "estate" of Mike Fink himself. Fink's your one-stop frontier markeplace for furs, gunpowder and antlers. And he won't try to cheat you, no sirree!

This was once the famous "burning settler's cabin" that startled many a youngster riding the Mark Twain Riverboat beyond the protection of Fort Wilderness. There are good and bad ways to remove a controversial and costly show element, and I can't think of a better solution than the one seen here: Replace it with a classic Disney scalawag and his trusty boat!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent article. I kick myself for not riding the keelboats when I had a chance. At least now I can see one when I visit.


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