Ahoy! Welcome to Rope Drop at another day here in ExtinctAttractionLand! Today’s pageantry actually takes us away from land, however, as we celebrate an attraction that left Disneyland, and therefore joined ExtinctAttractionLand on June 11, 1993. Welcome to the Motor Boat Cruise!
Located on the boarder of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland in Disneyland, these three or four passenger boats experienced their maiden voyage in June 1957, sailing in a lagoon created to replace the ill-fated Mickey Mouse Club Circus. These sleek-looking motorboats, complete followed an underwater track, although passengers were led to believe they were steering the speedboat (similar to current incarnations of Autopia).
Although the Motor Boat Cruise was never an exciting attraction (never higher than a B ticket in the ticket books), it lasted for 34 years before undergoing a transformation. In 1991, the Motor Boat Cruise became Motor Boat Cruise to Gummi Glen as part of a tie-in to Disney Afternoon Avenue. New scenery was added to the attraction, including plywood cutout of the cast of The Adventures of Gummi Bears.
Just like the Disney Afternoon Avenue was a temporary exhibit, built between It’s a Small World and the Matterhorn, the Motor Boat Cruise to Gummi Glen was not a lasting change to the attraction. Instead of another improvement or upgrade, the Motor Boat Cruise did close in 1993. and the lagoon was filled in. In its place, the Fantasia Gardens were set in the loading area, complete with fountains and topiary. Even this change would not last, as in 1996 the Fantasia Gardens were converted to Fairytale Arts, a series of open aired craft booths, and also a designated smoking area.
Alas, being close to It’s a Small World and also Autopia, this combination of the two attractions is now a distant memory inside Disneyland Park. However, Motor Boat Cruise shall continue to sail daily from ExtinctAttractionLand. I thank you for taking the time to read this today. I ask you would please leave comments. You may contact me directly on Twitter @, and you may also subscribe to be alerted by email when new postings are published. Quest for Vault Disney is now on Facebook. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/questforvaultdisney. Have a great rest of your day. See ya real soon…