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Cast Canoe Races Foster Competition and Camaraderie

Kathleen Prihoda

by , Manager of Media Relations, Walt Disney World Resort

Extra magic was at play before sunrise at the Magic Kingdom during most of July as hundreds of Disney Cast Members hit the Rivers of America with paddles in hand to partake in some spirited competition.

Cast Canoe Races Foster Competition and Camaraderie

Canoe Races of the World, or C.R.O.W., is a beloved annual Cast Member event that dates back to 1973 at Walt Disney World and 1963 at Disneyland.

This year, a total of 82 teams (each with 10 members) competed in pre-dawn races.

Amid shouts of “ROW, ROW, ROW,” the teams put their strength behind the oars to earn the fastest times around Tom Sawyer’s Island. The best times clock in at around five minutes. Click the video to see highlights.

This Disney tradition fosters some fierce rivalry, but Cast Members say it’s really all in good fun as it boosts camaraderie among co-workers.

Cast Canoe Races Foster Competition and Camaraderie

Congratulations to this year’s grand champion, the IE Oars 3, which team captain Scott Hall claims is their first-ever victory.


  • What a great way to promote team bonding, and healthy competition! Was this parks and rec staff, or people from the back offices/celebration?

  • It’s a shame they don’t have a Disneyland Vs. Disney World Finals. Although I have a hunch those buff n’ tough guys who run the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes ride every day at Disneyland would probably be the big winners here.

  • This looks like so much fun! I wish I lived close enough to work with you all. It looks like you have a great time.

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