Storybook Land Canal Boats

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A skipper guides your boat through the pixie-dust shrunk worlds of the Disney characters. Charming models of environments from the classic films make for a picturesque and scenic ride.

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Location: Fantasyland.
Ride Type: Gentle-moving boat ride.
Height Req.: None.
Fastpass: No.
Single Rider: No.
Child Swap: No.
Avg. Wait*: 30-45 minutes.
Ride Length: 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
Ride Capacity: About 15 people per boat.
Operating Hours: Park opening to park closing. Closed during parades.
 
*Wait times my vary widely on a number of factors including crowd levels, showtimes, and hour of the day.
  • This attraction closes during parades. While it does not officially close during fireworks, the boats stop in the waterways so guests may enjoy what can be seen of the fireworks show.
  • Although nothing much changes, try riding at night for a more whimsical/intimate experience.

Fun Facts

  • This attraction opened on June 16, 1956.
  • On June 30, 1994, the attraction reopened after being remodeled to include scenes from The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
  • This is one of only two Disneyland Park attractions where a live host rides with you and narrates the attraction. (The other is the Jungle Cruise.)
  • This attraction was one of Walt Disney’s favorites as he was a fan of miniatures; the original plans of Disneyland had a whole land devoted to miniatures called Lilliputianland.
  • Storybook Land is maintained to approximately a 1/12 scale.
  • Aladdin’s city of Agrabah replaced Toad Hall, the abode of Mr. Toad, but after popular demand his home was added back into the attraction in a new location along the river.
  • There are 14 boats each named for a different Disney character; only one is named after a male character, can you spot him? Cinderella, Daisy, Aurora, Alice, Faline, Flora, Fauna, Flower, Belle, Merryweather, Ariel, Wendy, Show White, and Tinker Bell.
  • During the Holidays, many of the houses are adorned with miniature Christmas decorations.
  • The turf in front of the homes is maintained by hand.[1]

Safety and Accessibility

  • Safety Considerations: None.
  • Wheelchair Accessible: No. Guests must be able to transfer from wheelchair or ECV to experience this attraction. Guests must negotiate steps when boarding and disembarking the canoe and also maintain their balance when stepping in or out of the boat.
  • Hearing Disability Services: No.
  • Visual Disability Services: No.
  • Service Animals: Allowed.

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Attraction Details

Money problems prohibited miniatures to be built, so Storybook Land opened on July 17, 1955 uncompleted, taking guests through mounds of dirt in a ride called "Canal Boats of the World". The lack of foliage and things to see along the banks of the canal led to the nickname "Mud Banks of the World.”

The Canal Boats closed two months later and would reopen in 1956. During this time, the area was landscaped and miniatures were put in. It also took on its present name: "Storybook Land Canal Boats.”

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