Sunday, March 23, 2014
By 1959, the Columbia was a year old. I wonder how many thousands of miles it had already sailed on the Rivers of America? The upholstery was getting worn, one of the tail lights was cracked, and one of the knobs on the radio was missing. That's what happens when millions of people walk all over you. But you know what? It was still pretty awesome. There are rumors that the track will be modified so that the boat will do a loop, but I think it will be more of a "corkscrew". It just makes sense.
Walt Disney had already had some success using props from a movie in an attraction (the "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" walk through), so there was no reason to NOT do a similar thing in Frontierland. This sign tells us that parts of the Indian Village were used in "Westward Ho the Wagons". I haven't seen that film; does it have Fred McMurray? Is there a chimpanzee? Does Annette make an appearance? Or better yet, all three of those things?