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Mike Fink Keel Boats
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Opened

October 1, 1971

Closed

1997

Land

Liberty Square

Vehicle names

Gullywhumper, Bertha Mae

The Mike Fink Keel Boats were small boats that navigated the Rivers of America at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort.

History[]

The Mike Fink Feel Boats were based on the Walt Disney television shows, later made into feature length movies, Davy Crockett's 169 Boat Race and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. The boats were free-floating and traveled around Tom Sawyer Island. Yet, the ride was named after the "King of the River" who lost the 169 boat race.

People would sit inside the seating area inside one of the boats with a roof on the top where more people could sit also. This was the design issue that caused it to close. On the inside, guests could watch full episodes of Walt Disney's Davy Crockett.

At about 5:30 p.m. on May 17, 1997, the Disneyland Gullywhumper boat began to rock side to side. It capsized, dumping a full boatload of passengers into the Rivers of America. The boat was removed from the waters for inspection and neither the Gullywhumper nor the Bertha Mae returned for the next operating season. The Bertha Mae was put up on Disney's eBay Auction Site and pocketed $15,000 for it. It was billed as an unseaworthy craft.

A former boat from the attraction today sits as a non-functional prop on the banks of Tom Sawyer Island.

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