Sunday, July 20, 2008

Snapshot: Disneyland! - The Gullywhumper

The Mike Fink Keelboats have not navigated the Rivers of America in Disneyland for over a decade. On May 17, 1997, the Gullywhumper tipped over, dunking a boatload of guests. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, but the Gullywhumper was ultimately retired to this remote area of Tom Sawyer Island. The Gullywhumper's sister boat, the Bertha Mae, was sold on eBay in 2001.

7 comments:

Dusty Banks said...

never been on one, but it look a hell of a lot more fun then the canoes!

Nic said...

In Disneyland Park in Disneyland Resort Paris the "Coyote" and the "Raccoon" have been reactivated in July 2007 (after being off for several years). Sadly they are now the only operating keel boats at any Disney park in the world.

Davelandweb said...

It's even sadder when you look inside this Keelboat and see it holding water, rotting away.

Chris Nolin said...

I'm a big fan of the Davey Crocket movies, so when I was Disneyland last month I took 7 or 8 pictures of the Gullywumper both from Pirates Lair and from the Mark Twain. I was trying to get the best angle. Does anyone know if this is the actual prop/boat from the River Pirates movie or was it made just for the attraction?

Nic said...

Would love to see those photos, Chris. To answer your question: All keelboats in all disney parks are reproductions.

But the originals were in service for about 10 years (from 1955 and 1956) in Disneyland but have been replaced with reproductions after that.

Ximagineer said...

I started my WDW career in the 80's as a Keelboat driver, and loved every minute of it... until sumemr time hit, and then it became miserable!

I wish I coulda bought the one on eBay and relived those times!

mnmears said...

Richard Kraft, a mega agent for several top writers of Hollywood scores, purchased the Bertha Mae and has been paying more than $8,000 a year to store it.

Kraft is a huge collector of all-things pop culture -- including many Disney items -- and produced his own entertaining documenting called "Finding Kraftland."