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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Storybook Land Canal Boats

George Savvas

by , Director, Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park - Storybook Land Canal Boats

Storybook Land Canal Boats officially opened on June 16, 1956, nearly a year after the previous version of the attraction, Canal Boats of the World, debuted on the opening day of Disneyland park.

Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park - Storybook Land Canal Boats

The transformation of the attraction into Storybook Land Canal Boats was completed in only a few months, and in commemoration of its 60th anniversary we’re pleased to share some of the photos taken during construction, including of Walt Disney inspecting the progress of this now-classic Fantasyland favorite.

Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park - Storybook Land Canal Boats Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park - Storybook Land Canal Boats

Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park - Storybook Land Canal Boats

Storybook Land Canal Boats features a guided tour cruising by detailed miniature locations from classic Disney films, set among hills, valleys and caverns filled with enchanted homes and villages. Created on a 1:12 miniature scale and featuring unique horticulture design, it’s one of the most richly detailed attractions at any Disney park.

Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park - Storybook Land Canal Boats

The settings depicted span from the straw, stick and brick houses of the “Three Little Pigs” from Disney’s 1933 Silly Symphony short, to the most recently added Fjord-side village of Arendelle from “Frozen.” Storybook Land Canal Boats is also the only known attraction that begins by traveling through the mouth of the whale from “Pinocchio,” Monstro!

Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park - Storybook Land Canal Boats

Comments

  • Thank you for this post! As a amateur Disney historian myself, it’s so much fun to see the pictures of what construction looked like of these classic rides. The Storybook Land Canal Boats has always been one of my favorite rides and I look forward to taking my kids on it every year during our Disney trip! One question: What were the changes made to the ride when it changed from the Canal Boats of the World to the Storybook Land Canal Boats, and what was the thinking behind making the change?

  • don’t ride much after kid’s grew up!

  • What a great review of the history of Storybook Land Canal boats. Thank you. As an avid Park goer and AP holder this attraction has held my fascination for many years – especially during the Holidays when some of the locales get “decorated”. I also love listening for the faint singing of the Three Little Pigs, the Dwarves, Toad Hall, and now of course Arendelle among others.

  • Check out the water’s color. In old pictures, the “dark” water for river rides has a green-brown tint. Now it has a blue-green color.

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