Today on All Things Mouse, we offer you a review and video of the Sailing Ship Columbia attraction of Disneyland Park. The Columbia may be found in the Rivers of America area of Frontierland.
Unfortunately, the Columbia is only operated seasonally or on busy times at the Disneyland. The only major exception is when the Mark Twain Riverboat is closed for renovation, then the Columbia will likely operate daily.
“Sail boldly forth into the wilderness on a full-scale replica of a majestic 3-masted ship from the 18th century,” describes the Disneyland website. “Sailing Ship Columbia recreates the grand pioneering adventures of the famous vessel that discovered the Columbia River and became the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe.”
The Columbia was constructed in 1958. At the time of that construction, it was the first three-masted windjammer to be built in the United States in decades.
If the name of the Columbia sounds familiar to some, it should. The ship is a recreation of the Columbia Rediviva, the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. The original ship took that voyage in 1790.
As such an important vessel to US history, it was chosen to be honored by Walt Disney when he wanted a second ship to sail on the Rivers of America. The modern day duplicate includes a 110-foot-long with a 84-foot mainmast.
Aside from enjoying a cruise around Tom Sawyer Island, guests can also go below deck during the voyage to take in the maritime museum. The museum celebrates the dedication and sacrifice of early sailors.
Those that can spare the time should really take in the Columbia if it is operating. It allows you to relax for the 15-minute journey in order to refresh yourself for the other attractions of the park.
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Special thanks to the excellent video shown above provided by Ben Hodge.