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Rivers of America

The Rivers of America is an artificial river found in the Frontierland district of the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. The first river was built in Disneyland when the park opened in 1955. It surrounds Tom Sawyer Island, which can be reached by rafts traveling from the Frontierland mainland. Additionally, there are other water-based vehicles which are found on the river. The sights along the Rivers include a Native American tribe, a once-burning cabin, and various Animatronic wildlife.

At Disneyland, the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia sail on the Rivers of America. At Walt Disney World, the Liberty Belle Riverboat sails on the Rivers. Both parks also feature the Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island on the Rivers.

Other Uses[]

In 2003, the motion picture Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl had its world premiere on the Rivers at Disneyland, with hundreds of celebrities and movie stars viewing the film on a purpose-built 90-foot-tall (27 m) projection screen.

In 2006, the film's sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, premiered on June 24 on the Rivers as well, two days before the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction re-opened opposite the Rivers in New Orleans Square after a lengthy refurbishment. For the 2007 premiere of the third installment of the trilogy, the Rivers of America was once again home to the gala for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Incidents[]

Two guests have drowned in the Rivers of America at Disneyland. In both cases, the guests were trying to traverse the river themselves instead of riding the raft back to the shore.

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