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The Secret History of Disney Rides: Storybook Land Canal Boats

The Secret History of Disney Rides: Storybook Land Canal Boats - Secret History of Storybook Land Canal Boats

Let's hop on a boat and dreamily float through Storybook Land! On Disneyland Park's Storybook Land Canal Boats, we gently cruise past miniature versions of iconic storybook tales. Ever dream of seeing a tiny English village from Alice in Wonderland? Well, wait no more. Here you can! During this secret history, we'll hop inside a storybook (I mean, not literally, but ya get it), and explore the tale of Storybook Land Canal Boats.

===>Hop here for Storybook Land Canal Boats wait times, ride details and more!<==

The Secret History of Disney Rides: Storybook Land Canal Boats - Miniature Village

The Secret History of Storybook Land Canal Boats

The idea of Storybook Land Canal Boats started from Walt Disney's dream of opening a small park across the street from Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. Of course, this park never opened. However, during its early ideas and concept, Walt wanted to include a canal boat ride! (Hence, the idea of Storybook Land Canal Boats was born).

Once plans for this small park were nixed and plans for Disneyland Park were underway, Walt had another idea for a miniature attraction. Inspired by the miniature city of Madurodam in the Netherlands, there was to be a village inside the park. This idea was also nixed due to the lack of technology. Instead, a canal boat ride opened. When the attraction first opened with Disneyland Park on July 17, 1955, it was called Canal Boats of the World.

The Secret History of Disney Rides: Storybook Land Canal Boats - Monstro

The ride encountered plenty of problems though. It was never fully landscaped due to time and money, so it earned the nickname "The Mud Bank Ride." The boats were also prone to breaking down, causing even more problems! Only after a couple of months in operation, Canal Boats of the World shut down in September 1955. It didn't take long for the ride to be transformed into Storybook Land Canal Boats. This version opened on June 16, 1956!

While Storybook Land Canal Boats is certainly not the most thrilling ride of Disneyland Park (I usually prefer rides like Indiana Jones Adventure and such), it's a great way to take in the sights of Storybook Land. You can also ride a version of the canal boats in Disneyland Paris!

Storybook Land Canal Boats Fun Facts

  • The miniature villages and locations were created on a 1:12 scale!
  • You know the giant (or probably miniature compared to the real thing) Monstro that swallows you whole on the ride? This actually came from an idea of a "Monstro the Whale" ride!
  • The waterfall on the ride actually hides the storage area for other canal boats.
  • The canal contains around 465,000 gallons of water!
  • The doors and windows on the buildings of the miniature villages actually open; they gotta change the light bulbs somehow!
  • The 12 original boats were named after female Disney characters.

What's your favorite miniature location on Storybook Land Canal Boats? Let us know in the comments below, and don't forget to check out Storybook Land Canal Boats wait times and more!

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Aug 10, 2021 at 5:41 p.m. Carolyn Caswell Says...

Am I the only one that remembers when the whale had a tale that curved high in the air? I first went to Disneyland at age 4 in 1955. I was too afraid to go on the ride, but my cousin went and told me that inside the whale were miniature houses. I wanted so badly to see them, but was too afraid of "being swallowed." Then, when I returned to Disneyland later, they had ingeniously "blown off" the whale's tale--but the whale was totally different. The mouth didn't open as wide. AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT REMEMBERS?

Oct 5, 2017 at 12:22 p.m. Wendy Says...

We've purchased express passes for universal studios on 20th of December, but have been sent tickets to exchange for express passes on the day, what time should we get there, what time do the ticket windows open?

Oct 5, 2017 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

Ticket windows usually open one hour before park opening. Both parks open at 9 a.m. that day.

Stay cool!


Jul 10, 2017 at 6:29 p.m. Carlos Medina Says...

My favorite miniature location was the aladdin

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