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Steam into the Past

Board an old-fashioned steam-powered vessel for a half-mile journey into the heart of the American frontier. 

During the charming, 14-minute trip around Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island , spot delightful sights along the river’s edge, including: 

  • The north bank of the Columbia Gorge, complete with a beautiful waterfront and 5 sparkling waterfalls 
  • A rustic frontier cabin 
  • An idyllic Native American village 
  • A busy beaver at work chewing on the train trestle 
  • Mountain lions relaxing in the sun 
  • The Disneyland Railroad steaming into the wilderness 

Along the way, hear lively narration about a time gone by.

Along the Mississippi

The Mark Twain is an authentic reproduction of the historic vessels that ferried people up and down the mighty Mississippi River. A working steam engine converts the water from the Rivers of America into steam that in turn powers the large paddle that propels the boat. 

Featuring meticulously detailed wood craftsmanship, the 28-foot tall, 105-foot-long riverboat is comprised of 4 pristine decks: 

  • Pilothouse , also known as the top deck, features the wheelhouse and Captain’s Quarters 
  • Promenade Deck includes a salon and a collection of vintage photos and maps 
  • Texas (or Sun) Deck is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors as you float down the river 
  • Main Deck includes the boiler and pistons that run the paddlewheel 

Limited seating is available.

A Tribute to America’s Writer

Walt Disney named the Mark Twain after the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. The famed author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn —and Walt’s personal hero—Clemens was also a riverboat pilot as a young man. 

That experience inspired his pen name: “mark twain” is a boating term that means a vessel is at a safe depth.

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The Mark Twain Riverboat goes on a gentle cruise around Tom Sawyer Island. That's the same route that the Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes take, and I'd suggest choosing only one of these three attractions. You don't need to see that same scenery three times.

What You Need to Know About the Mark Twain Riverboat

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We polled 131 of our readers to find out what they think about the riverboat. 74% of them said It's a must-do or ride it if you have time, making it one of the lower-rated things to do at Disneyland.

  • Location:  Mark Twain Riverboat is in Frontierland
  • Rating:  ★
  • Restrictions:   No height restrictions. Children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • Ride Time:   12 minutes
  • Recommended for:   Everyone
  • Fun Factor:  Low
  • Wait Factor:  Low    
  • Fear Factor:  Low
  • Herky-Jerky Factor:  Low
  • Nausea Factor:  Low
  • Seating:   You just get on and ride, and you can move around while it's going
  • Accessibility:   This ride is fully accessible, and you can stay in your wheelchair or ECV for the whole thing, but you'll only get onto the lower level. Go to the access gate on the right side of the turnstile or enter through the attraction exit and ask a Cast Member for help.  More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV

How to Have More Fun on the Mark Twain Riverboat

  • If you want to  rest your feet , head for the seats in the front as soon as you get on.
  • This ride  closes before dark
  • Watch the kids.  They may be tempted to climb on the railings and could fall off.
  • If you ask a cast member, the  pilot might let you ride inside with him . This is limited to just a couple of people per trip.

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Fun Facts About Mark Twain Riverboat

Built in 1955, this was the first paddle wheeler built since shortly after 1900. It was built at the Disney Studios, except for the hull which was constructed at a shipyard in San Pedro. But don't let that fool you. It's a working reproduction of the historic vessels that ferried people up and down the mighty Mississippi, with a working steam engine that powers the large paddle, which in turn propels the boat.

The Mark Twain made its first voyage four days before Disneyland opened to the public, for Walt and Lillian Disney's 30th wedding anniversary. 

The Mark Twain was christened by actress   Irene Dunne who starred in the 1936 movie "Showboat" on Disneyland's Opening Day.

The boat is 28 feet tall and 105 feet long, with four decks.

The writer Mark Twain was a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi river when he was younger, and one of Walt Disney's personal heroes, which is why Walt named the boat after him.

A riverboat ride was in the plans from the earliest days, when Walt Disney started the first plans for building an amusement park near Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.

Every Disney theme park throughout the world has their own version of the Mark Twain riverboat. 

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68-Year-Old Attraction Returns to Disney Park

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After months of refurbishment and anticipation, a beloved opening day attraction has finally reopened at Disneyland Park in Southern California.

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While most focus seems to be put on the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, there’s nothing quite like visiting Disneyland Resort. If you want thrills, you can visit Disney California Adventure . If you want to experience the original park that Walt built, as well as the original versions of classic rides like the Haunted Mansion , the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean , and Peter Pan’s Flight, head to Disneyland proper.

Of all the attractions at the park today, 13 are from Disneyland’s opening day on July 17, 1955, and one of these fan-favorite experiences has finally reopened after months of refurbishment .

Opening Day Attraction Returns To Disneyland

The Mark Twain Riverboat docked at the Rivers of America

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While Disneyland is almost always open, sometimes rides need to take a break in order to be repaired or brought to modern standards. Such was the case for the Mark Twain Riverboat , which has been closed for refurbishment for the past five months.

Named after one of Walt Disney’s favorite authors, the Mark Twain Riverboat is one of the most underrated attractions in the entire park. A 14-minute boat ride along the Rivers of America and around Tom Sawyer Island , the riverboat shows classic American sights like a rustic frontier cabin, an idyllic Native American village, and various animals enjoying the sun.

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More than anything, the riverboat is the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the park. Just head on over to the Ship to Shore Marketplace, buy a snack (like a turkey leg , pickle, chimichanga , or corn on the cob), and avoid the crowds for a quarter of an hour.

While the more elaborate rides get more attention, like Big Thunder Mountain and the upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (formerly known as Splash Mountain ), it’s these experiences that separate Disneyland from other parks. A Disney Park is more than just roller coasters and thrill rides. It’s an adventure meant to be enjoyed by everyone .

What do you think is the most underrated Disney attraction? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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Are you planning to visit Disneyland in 2023? Then you’ll need to know about a few major CLOSURES happening in the parks!

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From popular rides to fan-favorite restaurants, there are several closures happening at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Never fear — we’ve got a full list of everything that’ll be closed in the parks and Downtown Disney in 2023 so that you can find all the information you’ll need for your upcoming trip.

Looking for 2024 Disneyland Resort closures? Click HERE!

Disneyland resort, disneyland park, fantasmic nighttime spectacular — currently closed.

During a spring performance of Fantasmic! in Disneyland, the Maleficent dragon (who is supposed to breathe fire during the show) caught on fire. After the incident, the show was suspended indefinitely and Disney released a statement that it would temporarily suspend fire effects at select shows GLOBALLY “out of an abundance of caution.”

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Fantasmic! at Disneyland Resort

The nighttime spectacular will return on May 24th, 2024 . When the show returns,  it will not include the Maleficent dragon figure  but will “feature  new special effects  and  a thrilling new battle scene  between Sorcerer Mickey and Maleficent.”

Disneyland officials said, “Our goal is to always deliver the best possible show for our guests. With that in mind, we are planning the return of ‘Fantasmic!’ with exciting new magic in spring 2024. As teams continue work on the show,  we have launched nightly entertainment on the Rivers of America .”

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Rivers of America

So although you can’t see Fantasmic! right now in Disneyland, you will have a chance to see Queenie and the Jambalaya Jazz Band every evening. The band performs every night on a New Orleans-themed raft  as they float down the Rivers of America. You can expect “high-energy New Orleans tunes, plus other Disney favorites.”

There are three performances each evening, beginning at 7:35PM — all performance times are listed in the Disneyland app.

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Additionally, a new show is  now showing on the Rivers of America .   It’s called “ The Heartbeat of New Orleans  —  A Living Mural .”  The show is “set to a dynamic jazz score” and features projections on the Rivers of America following the story of a “mischievous little frog from the bayou that leaps into the lively heartbeat of New Orleans when he is lured by the jazzy sounds he hears in the distance.”

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The Heartbeat of New Orleans

This nighttime show, along with the previously announced Queenie and the Jambalaya Jazz Band,  will both appear on the Rivers of America on select nights throughout the fall . Both shows will also run during the holiday season.

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Mark Twain Riverboat — Current Closure

The Mark Twain Riverboat closed on September 17th, 2023. 

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It is slated to reopen on February 3rd, 2024. 

Astro Orbitor — Current Closure

Tomorrowland’s Astro Orbitor closed on November 27th, 2023. 

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A reopening date is not yet known.

Splash Mountain — Permanently Closed

Splash Mountain closed permanently on May 31st to be transformed into a  Princess and the Frog -themed attraction.

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Disneyland Splash Mountain on Final Day of Operation

Get ready for  Tiana’s Bayou Adventure  to open  in late 2024 ! Disney has shared that the reimagined attraction  will pick up the story of  The Princess and the Frog  “ after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.”

Read all about the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure HERE!

French market restaurant — permanently closed.

This Disneyland restaurant closed permanently on February 17th, 2023 , in order to make way for the NEW Tiana’s Palace restaurant .

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French Market

The new spot features, of course, a setting and food inspired by Disney’s The Princess and the Frog!

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Tiana’s Palace

We’re thrilled to say that Tiana’s Palace is NOW OPEN !

Click here to learn more about Tiana’s Palace!

Downtown disney district, catal and uva bar — permanently closed.

Catal Restaurant  and its outdoor bar  Uva Bar & Cafe both closed on April 15th, 2023. 

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Disney has shared that the closures took place in order “to make way for an exciting new addition to the Downtown Disney District” in Disneyland.

Sprinkles — Permanently Closed

Cupcake lovers (like us!) should be aware that Sprinkles Cupcakes has permanently closed in Downtown Disney .

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We’ll be keeping you posted on what replaces Sprinkles Cupcakes at Downtown Disney in the future!

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February 5, 2023 at 5:39 pm

I thought I saw something that said May 23 closure? Can you confirm? I don’t want to book anything unless I know for sure that I book before Splash Mount closes

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Hi Loraine. Unfortunately, Disney has not yet released a closure date for Splash Mountain in Disneyland.

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April 16, 2023 at 1:15 pm

Hi! We are planning a trip to Disneyland at the end of August, but is that when the Haunted Mansion closes to change to Nightmare before Christmas? Do you know when it will be closing this year to make that change….or for how long it will be closed? Thanks!!

April 17, 2023 at 11:16 am

Hi Beth! Last year Haunted Mansion closed on August 15th for the holiday overlay and stayed closed for about 2 and a half weeks. Disneyland has not announced the closure dates for this year, but we expect to hear about that around July, most likely.

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April 25, 2023 at 3:14 pm

My big question is, IS there a schedule for the Sailing Ship Columbia? I have been to Disneyland too many times to count, beginning in 1964 and in all that time NEVER has this ship been operating when I was there! This year may very well be my last year to ride that beauty and I am planning on attending in November as the Christmas holiday extravaganza begins. Have you any inside knowledge on this particular attraction? Greatly appreciate any insight you may be able to give!

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Are you guys closing Disneyland forever?

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Hi Isamar! Disneyland isn’t closing.

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Disneyland Soarin….are there 2 different rides? Will one or both be open in August 2023? Is it better to go to Adventure Park before Disneyland Park ? Or vice-versa?

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Mark Twain Riverboat

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INTRODUCTION

Enjoy a slow cruise around the Rivers of America aboard an authentic steam-powered paddlewheeler. The Mark Twain Riverboat is located in Frontierland just across from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Native American scene

Your guide will point out landmarks along the way, like a mansion that’s said to be haunted, Splash Mountain, the canoes, and Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. There are several Native American sightings, including a chief on horseback, a shaman, a boy and his dog, and the inhabitants of a village.

Be on the lookout for wildlife like deer, elk, moose, raccoons, eagles, and mountain lions. There’s even an enterprising beaver hard at work below one of the train trestles.

TOURING TIPS

This is a fairly quiet and peaceful ride – a good place to take a break and get away from the crowded walkways. The journey takes about 15 minutes, and the riverboat departs twice an hour. On busy days the Mark Twain shares the boat dock with the Sailing Ship Columbia, and one of the two departs every 15 minutes.

There are a few chairs on the bow of the riverboat on the lower deck and a couple of benches inside a salon on the third deck. This is the only seating on-board. Arrive and board early to get a chair.

The top deck gives you an excellent vantage point for photos of Tom Sawyer Island, New Orleans Square, the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain.

Wheelchair/ECV users go to the gate to the right of the turnstiles and wait for a cast member to direct in boarding.

You’ll see the Mark Twain filled with characters in one of the final scenes of Fantasmic!

KIDS AND CHARACTERS

Disney characters like Tiana, Naveen, and Louis from “The Princess and the Frog” are sometimes found cruising on the Mark Twain. Woody and Jessie from Toy Story make frequent appearances in Frontierland near the Mark Twain’s dock — check the Times Guide for times and location.

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Nearby shops include:

Bonanza Outfitters – Western apparel for men, women, and children.

Pioneer Mercantile – Frontier-themed souvenirs such as Davy Crockett hats and Western style character merchandise.

Westward Ho Trading Company – Candy store with fudge, hard candies, boxes chocolates and cookies.

INTERESTING FACTS

In 2016-2017, all Rivers of America attractions were closed while the river was re-routed in support of the construction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The Mark Twain re-opened on July 29, 2017 with a new narration to go along with some new scenes along the river.

The Mark Twain was christened by actress Irene Dunne (Magnolia Hawks in the 1936 movie “Showboat”) on Disneyland’s Opening Day.

Walt Disney and his wife celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary aboard the Mark Twain four days before Disneyland opened in 1955.

Thurl Ravenscroft (the voice of Tony the Tiger) provided the original voice of the riverboat guide.

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How long is Mark Twain Riverboat?

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Will Mark Twain Riverboat make me motion sick?

The motion level is Low. Gentle boat ride. Details on handling motion sensitivity on your visit

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Hungry Bear Restaurant Construction Underway at Disneyland Park

Construction is progressing at Hungry Bear Restaurant after the dining location closed on July 8 for kitchen refurbishments .

Hungry Bear Restaurant Construction

On a recent visit to Disneyland Park, we took a trip on Mark Twain Riverboat to check out the construction taking place at Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country.

A large green tarp and scaffolding have been erected around the dining location. A single entryway remains beneath the tarp for construction workers to enter and exit the location. Piles of construction materials are laid out alongside the entrance.

The green tarp blocks out the majority of the scaffolding, but some of the metal equipment is still visible as it stretches above the roof of the restaurant.

In other areas around the restaurant, there are no green tarps, and multiple levels of scaffolding are visible. There are no reports of any exterior work being done to the location, so it’s likely that these scaffolding levels exist only to transport materials that are needed at different heights inside the restaurant’s kitchen.

While the park has done a fairly good job of blocking out some of the less magical elements of construction in Critter Country, we did spot some dumpsters full of trash from the riverboat.

Hungry Bear Restaurant is a dining location in Critter Country at Disneyland Park. Earlier this year, the Hungry Bear Restaurant On the Go package became available to all guests. Previously, it had only been available to guests who purchased a Fantasmic! package.

Disney’s website is directing guests to Stage Door Cafe and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante if they are looking for food and beverage items similar to what is normally served at Hungry Bear Restaurant.

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The good news is a couple of the closures will be short-lived. The bad news is the other rides will be unavailable for several weeks or months.

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Astro Orbitor, Mark Twain Riverboat, Indiana Jones Adventure and the Incredicoaster are temporarily closed as part of Disneyland’s standard refurbishment schedule.

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Disneyland typically conducts seasonal refurbishments during the off-season between New Year’s Day and Spring Break. Weekslong refurbishments are less common during the busy summer vacation and winter holiday seasons.

Understanding the Disneyland calendar has become more complicated in recent years — with the off-season continually shrinking and slow periods shifting to unconventional times of year. The yearlong pandemic closure of the parks also disrupted maintenance and refurbishment schedules.

Two of the four shuttered rides will be returning within days, according to MousePlanet .

Incredicoaster zooms through Pixar Pier at California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Incredicoaster launch roller coaster will be back on track on Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure on Saturday, Dec. 2 after a brief five-day closure.

The Indiana Jones Adventure motion-base dark ride in Adventureland at Disneyland will return to action on Friday, Dec. 1 after a quick four-day tune-up.

The popular Indy attraction underwent an extensive three-month refurbishment in early 2023 before returning in mid-March.

This Indiana Jones-themed adventure, which opened in 1995, takes riders into an ancient, cursed temple in India. (Courtesy of Disney Resorts)

The other two closed rides will remain out of commission into 2024.

The Mark Twain Riverboat that travels the Rivers of America at Disneyland has been closed for refurbishment since mid-September and won’t return until Jan. 11 or later, according to the Disneyland website.

Scaffolding has surrounded the paddlewheeler docked at Pelican Landing while the riverboat that plays a key role in “Fantasmic” gets a heavy dose of TLC during the nighttime spectacular’s extended downtime.

Astro Orbitor in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Tuesday, August 15, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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“ Fantasmic ” will return on May 24 after a yearlong hiatus following an inferno that engulfed the show’s audio-animatronic fire-breathing dragon.

Astro Orbitor closed in late November and will undergo refurbishment through winter 2024.

The rocket spinner ride at the entrance to Tomorrowland in Disneyland is expected to return between mid-January and mid-March.

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The four temporary closures don’t include Splash Mountain — which is undergoing an extensive conversion into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure . The Critter Country log flume ride is scheduled to reopen with a new “Princess and the Frog” theme in late 2024.

Also not on the temporarily “out of order” list are several attractions that never returned following the yearlong pandemic closure that shuttered Disneyland and DCA.

Disneyland’s Star Wars Launch Bay and DCA’s Blue Sky Cellar are being used for Imagination Campus — an educational workshop that teaches students about the arts and sciences used in Disney theme parks, according to MiceChat .

The Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland remains dark with no upcoming show in the works.

The Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land briefly returned for a summertime run of “ Rogers: The Musical ” before closing again with nothing planned for the 2,000-seat Broadway-caliber venue.

The Fantasyland Theatre will soon shutter when “ Tale of the Lion King ” ends its run in early January with nothing new announced for the Disneyland outdoor theater.

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2024 Disneyland Refurbishment Calendar

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This Disney California Adventure and Disneyland ride refurbishment calendar for 2024 lists temporary attraction closures so you know what won’t be operating before planning your vacation. Additionally, we offer info about reimagining projects that are underway to enhance experiences around the resort. ( Updated June 26, 2024 .)

While no one wants attraction closures during their visit, they are a necessary part of keeping Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in good condition, as routine maintenance, safety upgrades, and attraction improvements are all done during scheduled ride closures. Usually, there are only a handful of simultaneous closed rides, plus new attractions being built.

Having an idea of which attractions are closed at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure is important, but we recommend consulting our 2024 Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide for more comprehensive info. That covers everything from saving money on park tickets and hotels to where to eat, when to visit, and more.

In addition to scheduled attraction refurbs, unscheduled downtime can also occur during a visit. This usually only occurs for a few hours at a time, so if you find an attraction is closed during your visit to Disneyland Resort and it’s not listed below, it’s likely a temporary closure that will last a few hours. Check with nearby Cast Members to confirm.

Below is a schedule of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure refurbishments, when the closure starts, and when the refurbishment will conclude. To the extent that specific dates are not yet listed, those will be updated once Disneyland Resort provides precise start and/or end dates. The following day will be when the attraction is scheduled to reopen.

Here are the closure schedules for Disney California Adventure and Disneyland…

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Disney California Adventure

  • Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome in the Disney Animation Building – Closed starting August 5, 2024
  • Animation Academy in the Disney Animation Building – Closed starting August 5, 2024
  • Turtle Talk with Crush in the Disney Animation Building – Closed starting August 5, 2024
  • Beast’s Library in the Disney Animation Building – Permanently Closed
  • Paint the Night Parade – Return Date Unknown
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – Reopens July 23, 2024 ( at the earliest )
  • Rogers: The Musical – Return Date Unknown

The main additions to the closure calendar at DCA are all inside the Disney Animation Building. Interestingly, it doesn’t appear (at least currently) that the building itself will close–so perhaps the lobby will remain open, offering an air-conditioned respite? Or maybe it’ll also close and just isn’t listed yet.

Also, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail closure has been extended again, for like the third time. At this point, Oogie Boogie Bash and off-season are right around the corner, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see this extended into August.

Next, let’s take a look at the 2024 Disneyland attraction closure calendar…

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  • Adventureland Treehouse – Now open!
  • Disneyland Railroad – Closed for refurbishment starting August 5, 2024
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes – Reopening Date TBD (Likely Fall 2024)
  • Fantasmic – Now showing!
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln – Reopening Date TBD
  • Haunted Mansion – Reopens  no later than  August 23, 2024
  • Main Street Electrical Parade – Return Date Unknown
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Reopening Date TBD (Likely Fall 2024)
  • “Mickey’s Mix Magic” – Return Date Unknown
  • Space Mountain – Closed for refurbishment starting August 5, 2024
  • Splash Mountain – Permanently Closed
  • Tale of the Lion King – Permanently Closed
  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – Opening Date Unknown
  • Wondrous Journeys Fireworks – Return Date Unknown

The biggest update is Haunted Mansion , which will reopen no later than August 23, 2024 . We’ve heard rumors that it could return as early as late July, but that’s entirely contingent upon construction progress. For now, we know that the drop dead date is August 23, which is the start of Halloween Time at Disneyland . The attraction will reopen as Haunted Mansion Holiday and use a virtual queue–no Lightning Lane or standby line.

Our hope is that Haunted Mansion Holiday reopens before August 5, as that’s when closures of both Space Mountain and the Disneyland Railroad begin. Disney hasn’t announced reopening dates for either attraction–our  hope  is that they’re brief, and that Space Mountain returns in its Ghost Galaxy form for Halloween. We miss that campy classic overlay!

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In addition to Haunted Mansion, every attraction on this side of the park in nearby Critter Country is closed. Check out New Orleans Square & Critter Country Construction Updates for a look at progress as of last month. There’s still a lot of work to be done.

This includes the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, Hungry Bear Restaurant, plus the gift shops and the character meet & greets. No reopening date has been given, but it’s assumed to be the opening date of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which could be as early as October or as late as Christmas 2024.

Disneyland’s stated reason for the closure is to convert two of the gift shops into Princess and the Frog themed locations. However, this is a relatively small scale change and could likely be accomplished in short order without closing the whole land.

Our belief is that there are concerns about crowd flow (with Haunted Mansion already down). Between that and a desire to have the entirety of Critter Country closed to facilitate smoother construction on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, it just makes sense to close the land until the reimagined ride is ready.

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Speaking of which, Splash Mountain is closed to be reimagined into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure .

Best case scenario for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Disneyland is a Fall Break opening in mid-October 2024. More realistic is it debuting between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. That’s assuming there aren’t any delays. On a positive note, it does seem like work on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure has been moving fast in the last few months, and actually closing the gap between the Florida and California versions. So perhaps an October 2024 opening isn’t a stretch at all!

On a negative note, the version of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World is now operating and has been plagued by problems. (See our  Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Ride Review: Failure, Flawed or Fantastic? ) Honestly, even beyond the reliability and downtime woes, we’d love to see Imagineers be given more time to fix the obvious issues with the substance of the attraction. In our view, delaying the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Disneyland until early 2025 would be  positive  news. The ride reimagining needs more time.

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Another ongoing closure is Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. This is going to lengthy refurbishment–Disneyland filed building permits valued at $5 million with the City of Anaheim to replace show elements, lighting, audio and show systems in the Main Street Opera House.

Most notably, the construction permit indicates that a show platform will be replaced, and a new turntable will be installed. Disneyland has already confirmed that the Lincoln Audio Animatronics isn’t going anywhere, and they’re mum about what substantive changes will come to the attraction. All we do know at this point is that Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln will be closed through at least mid-summer. Our guess is that the closure lasts for several more months.

The turntable opens the door for a number of possibilities, some of which have been rumored or speculated. One leading “theory” is that a Walt Disney Audio Animatronics figure or hologram (a la the Disney100 show) will be introduced. I haven’t heard anything (credible) directly about this, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility. In my view, it’s equally likely that Disneyland wants a turntable so this stage can be used as a flex space of sorts for other shows or panel presentations that are not Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

Now, a few notes about the above refurbishments. Disneyland is notorious for changing its refurbishment schedules, adding or canceling planned downtimes weeks or days in advance. While this practice is still relatively uncommon in the grand scheme of things, it’s worth pointing out because it does happen.

Now, here’s a bit of our philosophy concerning refurbishments, with the specific example of the recent multi-year Disneyland Railroad refurbishment used to illustrate…

Thoughts on Refurbishments

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Nobody likes a favorite attraction to be refurbished during their vacation. It means missing out and potentially not being able to experience the ride for another year or longer, depending upon the frequency of your visits to Disneyland. A couple of years ago, the Disneyland Railroad closed for an extended refurbishment due to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge construction.

At first, we were really disappointed. This might seem like an odd attraction to lament the closure of, but as Southern Californians with Disneyland Annual Passes, this was an absolute favorite of ours. We rode regularly when we wanted to rest our feet, or simply a break from the crowds. With the exception of maybe ‘it’s a small world’, we did Disneyland Railroad more than any other attraction.

However, that initial disappointment pretty quickly gave way to excitement. We began thinking about ways Disneyland Railroad could be plussed, improving the experience for years to come. Disney had already announced that some changes would be made (as the track needed to be re-routed), and we were excited for the prospect of new show scenes or other visuals.

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From my perspective, investing in the long-term quality of an attraction is far more important than the temporary satisfaction I’ll get out of riding it on my next visit. This is why it always perplexes me when regulars contend that their vacation will be ruined because their favorite attraction will be closed.

If it’s your favorite attraction and you’re active in the Disney fan community, that means you’ve been to Disneyland before and probably will visit again. It would thus stand to reason that you would want something you love to get the TLC it deserves, and continue to improve.

Disneyland Railroad works as a good example here…in large part because it did receive significant changes and enhancements. (Arguably, the Rivers of America suffered due to being condensed, but that’s another topic for another day–we cover all aspects of this in our New-Look Grand Circle Tour of Disneyland post.)

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The point extends to other attractions that have seen similar plussings, but also have more of a problem with effects breaking. Take Indiana Jones Adventure, for example. This is a ride that seems to get a refurbishment about every other year (sometimes more frequently) and we’d argue that it could probably use more regular maintenance than that.

If you are a long-term fan, would you rather experience Indiana Jones Adventure every single visit with 75% of the effects working, or every single visit minus one or two with 95% of the effects working? For me, the answer to that is easy. I’ll take a superior long term experience every time.

Beyond that, there’s the much more compelling justification for regular refurbishments: they are essential for the safety of attractions. While we may think of these attractions as all fun and games that offer a safe sense of exhilaration, that’s when they are properly maintained.

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It’s unpleasant to think about, but there have been several preventable deaths in the history of Disney’s parks. During a dark era of Disneyland history, improper maintenance was the cause of death on Big Thunder Mountain. Likewise, years of neglect at Disneyland Paris have led to incidents of injury that could be attributed to a lack of maintenance. In both cases, this has been addressed, and maintenance has improved considerably.

This is not meant to scare anyone or provoke an emotional reaction. Disney’s worldwide safety record is sterling as compared to other park operators. It’s still important to remember that these fun, ‘magical’ places also exist in the real world and use a lot of potentially dangerous elements if safety is not viewed as key. (Or, in Disney’s case, one of the Four Keys .)

When it comes to maintenance that is not essential to the safe operation of an attraction, we are left to contemplate what amount of show quality should be accepted. If following a strict Nunis-ian interpretation of the Four Keys, show is an important consideration, and it should always be 100%. This is a nice goal to strive for, but the practical reality is that 100% show quality is an unworkably high threshold sometimes.

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In my estimation, this is a good example of balancing guest interests with show quality. Get the effects working that are easily fixable, and find other ways to address effects that are frequently breaking. We’re not talking about safety here, just random effects. Indiana Jones Adventure has had a number of effects disabled or replaced over the years because they were unreliable.

Guests are understandably concerned when it appears an inordinate number of attractions are closing during their vacation, especially out of state visitors. Trips to California are not cheap and are often once in a lifetime experiences; first-timers certainly do not want to miss out on experiences about which they’ve read extensive hype.

With that said, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure ought to be publishing their routine refurbishment schedules several months in advance, allowing guests to plan around closures. Disney plans maintenance well in advance, and this info should be passed along to guests. For the most part, it is.

Obviously, unplanned maintenance can occur, which takes rides out of commission for hours or even days at the last minute. This is an unavoidable part of sophisticated theme park attractions, and there’s no real way to “plan around” this. It just is what it is.

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However, the problem with a “not during my vacation” attitude like this is that it’s always going to be someone’s (or tens of thousands of someones) vacation. If Disneyland and Disney California Adventure attractions with show quality issues aren’t close for refurbishments for fear of some guests during a time-limited window missing out, all guests in perpetuity are going to have a lesser experience.

The end result of that thinking is a duct-tapped approach to attraction maintenance, with whatever work that can be done overnight accomplished, and two parks full of attractions with half their effects broken. First-timers would be left wondering why there was so much hype about Disneyland in the first place, as so many components of rides simply don’t work. If you’re reading this as a lifelong fan, well…maybe you wouldn’t have become a lifelong fan if this were actually Disneyland’s modus operandi.

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Your Thoughts…

Any questions about the current refurbishments at Disneyland Resort? What do you think about refurbishments at the Disney Parks? Are you more concerned about an improved long-term experience, or do you think “not during my vacation!”? Any other factors you think are worth considering? As mentioned, we think this is a conversation, so please share your ‘refurbishment philosophy’, or any other thoughts or questions you have, in the comments!

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I’m all for ride maintenance and updates, but it seems surprising that they’re closing a bunch of things on August 5, literally just days before D23. Why wouldn’t they wait until the following week?

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I go often. but my oldest daughter is visiting and agreed to go with me this year this summer. so many things will be down for maintenance at the same time. haunted Mountain Tiana’s Bayou I heard Space Mountain. I went in April and rise was broken Toy Story was broken her goodness sakes Monsters Inc was broken. I’m scared to death of what they’re going to do to The Animation Studios room. I love the sketching I absolutely loved bells Library. the theater is closed in DCA and the theater over by Toontown is empty. I mean the railroad! I must say I’m disappointed. a magic key gift was one of those little court number one hand. could not have been more useless and instantly obsolete. ty

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Do you think there will be a different opportunity to meet Anna and Elsa given this new refurb scheduled in DCA?

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Hello, I think there is a typo over here:

“…and seeing the queue totally torn up–is that the regular Haunted Mansion won’t reopen at all in 2025.”

Thank you, Arturo

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Hey Tom, I noticed on the DL app that The Bakery Tour is showing closed for refurbishment….any ideas or thoughts on that? We will be there the first week in June and was really looking forward to that bakery tour…hoping it will be open by then.

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This is good to know. I heard that Critter Country, the entire land, will be temporarily closed starting May, 1, 2024. It could be closed awhile. I would guess most of the year, just like the Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain. Personally, I think if they truly wanted to do a necessary refurbishment, they should got rid of Toontown altogether. It’s dated and cheesy. They could’ve expanded Fantasyland into that area and kept Roger Rabbit, but added a dark ride for Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Princess and the Frog. I know they’re revamping Splash Mountain into that, but it’s not necessary. You don’t revamp a popular ride, but instead use your Disney imagination and come up with something new. They should also consider bringing back Country Bear Jamboree. They can add it to one of the unnecessary shop areas in Critter Country or bring it to Frontierland.

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Can’t agree with you more. Excellent ideas. I loved Bear Country and they need better theme rides in toon town. Your suggestions would be great. Also, leaving Splash Mountain alone would have been the best.

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I’m bummed Small World will be closed during the runDisney weekend. I love that version since it’s the original and it boards outside.

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I’m going to be at DL & DCA on my birthday the last week of January. My girlfriend and I are bummed that Splash Mountain will be closed as well as the haunted mansion are a lot of other closures expected to happen? I guess my main concern is is this a good time to go?

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Just finished a trip to Disneyland and over the course of three days we had a ride go down while we were in queue or en route at least 6 times. Looking at the map on the app there were always several rides down at all times of the day and it seemed like no ride was safe from breakage. While we understand that this will happen, the frequency was jarring and became a running joke as the trip went on. It made it impossible to enter an area of a park and be able to do everything in that area. We found ourselves having to come back to areas we should have already “completed.” We’ve been to WDW many times and never experienced even a small fraction of the amount of ride closures we ran into at Disneyland. Are they starting to skimp on maintenance crews as part of their current cost cutting measures?

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It appears Blue Bayou is closed January 7-12, any details on why? Will it mean that the Pirate ride will possibly be closed that week too? Thanks!

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Am I misreading something when I look on the disneyland interactive map it says the train is being refurbished is that correct?

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Disneyland needs ton of maintenance. We were there in June and in two days we hit 10 rides that were evacuated. Two of which we were. The ride stability for Spider-Man and for the incredicoaster was terrible. Indiana jones evacuated twice. Haunted mansion a few effects and on one ride we stopped 15 times. The magic was really not there that day.

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Do you happen to have any idea what “The Heartbeat of New Orleans – A Living Mural” is? I noticed it appeared on the calendar with only night time hours (I’m looking at November 27th) – making me wonder if it’ll be a nighttime something or other on the Rivers of America. We saw lights & workers doing stuff on the Pirate ship every night while we were there last week.

And then I’m actually glad the Incredicoaster is getting some love – it’s my favorite ride but we didn’t have one single good ride on it last week b/c all of the coaster’s audio is messed up in one way or another. That + Indy being down is going to save us money on Genie+ for our next trip – no high height requirement rides means mom & dad don’t need it to quickly rider swap them without the kids, thanks Disneyland!

Congrats on Baby Bricker! From experience & with love – Rider swapping / trying to ride all the rides quickly with an under 40″ kid in tow will slow down / lower your ride counts IMMENSELY – I look forward to your updated Parental park ride strategies.

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I heard that both the Incredicoaster and the Indiana Jones ride are going down for refurbishment on November 27th. But there is no word on how long they will be closed. I wonder what the chances are that the Indiana Jones ride will reopen before my trip in late January. I am surprised that the Indiana Jones ride is closing again after they just went through a 3 month refurbishment.

I just heard that the Indiana Jones ride will reopen on December 1st!! Yay!!!

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Re: Fantasmic return

Once it returns in the spring, if it is used for a big marketing push, can we expect two showings a night on weekends in that coming fall?

I’m deciding how many park nights I need on a fall trip to see all the nighttime spectaculars. If they have two showings on a DL weekend night in September I can watch the halloween fireworks then catch the 10:30 Fantasmic, yes?

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We were told on a recent Keys to the Kingdom tour by our guide, that Paint the Night would not ever come to MK as Mac the Truck was too big to make the turns on the parade route. Makes me sad as that is one of my favorite parades. I would love to see it come back in some form at DCA.

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No offense to your guide, but whether Paint the Night will ever come to MK isn’t something they’d know.

It’s entirely possible that certain floats wouldn’t work in other parks–it was also the thought that Mack wouldn’t work at Disneyland back when Paint the Night was only in Hong Kong. But the solution to that is cutting those floats from the parade, just like they did with Frozen when PtN moved to DCA.

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Tom, do you think there’s any chance that the current iteration of Rogers: The Musical is an audition or test run for something bigger (i.e., Broadway itself)? The current trend on Broadway right now is recycled nostalgia and from what I’ve heard about the Rogers musical, if it was able to be beefed out a bit more to pad its running time it would likely be as good as (and likely much better than) the average Broadway production.

It’s no secret that new iterations of the last two Hyperion Theater shows (Aladdin and Frozen) both became Broadway hits. While I realize those were new incarnations without a direct lineage tracing back to the Hyperion productions, if I were Disney brass I’d be thinking about ways to more directly monetize Rogers: The Musical vs. giving it away “for free” at DCA.

Wouldn’t surprise me if that’s the case, or if it’s a test for Disney Cruise Line.

Either way, I hope it’s not solely a test and that this version returns to DCA in 2024.

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That would be fantastic. We’re huge fans of Rogers: The Musical and would love to see it return in any format!

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The timing of the attraction closures coincides with the 2024 Food & Wine Festival that starts March 1 at Disney California Adventure.

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Radiator Springs Racers, Incredicoaster, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail and the Sailing Ship Columbia will temporarily close in late February or early March as part of Disneyland’s standard refurbishment schedule.

The four new attraction closures join the Astro Orbiter, Grizzly River Run, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain and “Fantasmic” that were already shuttered for refurbishment.

DCA’s Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land will close Monday, Feb. 26 through March 1 for a brief refurbishment.

The Incredicoaster in Pixar Pier will go down March 4-14 for a slightly longer seasonal refurbishment.

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Redwood Creek Challenge Trail will close on March 4 for an extended refurbishment that will stretch though at least early April, according to the Disneyland website.

The ropes, nets and interactive elements in the wilderness adventure play area are expected to be refurbished or replaced during the closure, according to MiceChat .

A temporary closure of the Sailing Ship Columbia will be short-lived on Monday, Feb. 26 through Thursday, Feb. 29.

The Mark Twain Riverboat is scheduled to return Saturday, Feb. 24 from a five-month refurbishment.

Scaffolding has surrounded the paddlewheeler since mid-September while the riverboat that plays a key role in “Fantasmic” gets a heavy dose of TLC during the nighttime spectacular’s extended downtime.

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The Grizzly River Run will remain closed through Thursday, Feb. 29 during the coldest part of the year in typically sunny Southern California when fewer visitors want to get soaked on the water ride.

Astro Orbiter closed in late November for an extensive refurbishment. The rocket spinner ride at the entrance to Tomorrowland in Disneyland is expected to return March 14.

The Haunted Mansion closed in January for an extensive renovation of the outdoor queue area that will add a new accessibility elevator for wheelchair users exiting the ride and a new retail shop at the attraction’s exit. Disneyland has not announced a reopening date for the popular dark ride.

The latest temporary closures don’t include Splash Mountain — which is undergoing an extensive conversion into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure . The Critter Country log flume ride is scheduled to reopen with a new “Princess and the Frog” theme in late 2024.

“Fantasmic” will return May 24 after a yearlong hiatus following an inferno that engulfed the show’s audio-animatronic fire-breathing dragon.

Also not on the temporarily “out of order” list are several attractions that never returned following the yearlong pandemic closure that shuttered Disneyland and DCA.

Disneyland’s Star Wars Launch Bay and DCA’s Blue Sky Cellar are being used for Imagination Campus — an educational travel workshop that teaches students about the arts and sciences used in Disney theme parks.

The Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland remains dark with no upcoming show in the works.

The Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land briefly returned for a summertime run of “Rogers: The Musical” before closing again with nothing planned for the 2,000-seat Broadway caliber venue.

The Fantasyland Theatre no longer has regularly scheduled shows after the “Tale of the Lion King” ended its run in early January.

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Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule for the Rest of 2023 and 2024

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Before you plan your next Disneyland trip, be sure to check out the Disneyland refurbishment schedule! You don’t want to miss out on your favorite attractions, dining experiences, or even resort hotel because it’s undergoing a refurb. Take a look at the Disneyland refurbishment schedule for late 2023 and early 2024.

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Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule for the Rest of 2023 and 2024

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  • Adventureland Treehouse (opens November 10)

Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule for the Rest of 2023 and 2024

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  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail  (reopens November 10)

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Make unforgettable memories on our riverboat cruises in Hannibal, Missouri!

To create lifelong memories for our guests and to inspire a sense of wonder and appreciation for the Mississippi River and the people and places it has touched throughout history.

We strive to educate and entertain our guests with informative commentary and engaging activities, from live music and storytelling to interactive exhibits and demonstrations. We are committed to operating our riverboat in an environmentally responsible manner, minimizing our impact on the river and its ecosystem.

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Steve Terry is the proud captain and owner of the Mark Twain Riverboat in Hannibal, Missouri. With a lifelong passion for the Mississippi River and a deep appreciation for its history and culture, He has dedicated his career to sharing this special place with others. He brings his extensive knowledge of the river to every cruise, sharing fascinating stories and historical facts with his guests. He has also invested in sustainable practices and initiatives to minimize the riverboat's impact on the environment. Through his leadership and vision, he has made the Mark Twain Riverboat a beloved institution in Hannibal and a must-see attraction for visitors from around the world. He takes great pride in providing his guests with an unforgettable journey on the Mississippi River.

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Welcome Aboard!

The Mark Twain has been a unique feature on the Hannibal riverfront for more than 30 years. As a family-owned business since 1997, we strive to offer you a unique riverboat experience on the Mighty Mississippi, whether you’re a Hannibal resident or visitor. Choose between our two daily cruise offerings: our Sightseeing Cruise and our evening Dinner Cruise. Whether you are looking to spend the day on the river taking in the sights or dining on the river at sunset, Mark Twain Riverboat has something for everyone.

  • Built in 1964 at Dubuque Boiler and Boatworks
  • 120 feet long, 33 feet wide, 6-foot draft
  • 350 passenger capacity
  • Inspected annually by the USCG
  • Wheelchair accessible w/limitations (not 100% wheelchair access)

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Why choose us?

A Glimpse At Missouri Through The Lens Of A Famous Author On The Mississippi River

A Mississippi River cruise aboard Mark Twain Riverboat Co. allows you to enjoy a short excursion from Hannibal during the more pleasant weather months of the year. Just 100 miles away from St. Louis, our Mississippi River boat cruise is the only cruise that departs from Mark Twain's boyhood home.

River cruising gives you the time and space to fully immerse yourself in Mark Twain's story and the Mississippi River, getting to know the inspiration behind his books. We handle every detail for you from departure to dinner on our Mississippi river cruises, making it possible for you to fully relax and enjoy our modern riverboat.

Cruising down the river is a great way to unwind and enjoy nature after a busy week. Hannibal, Missouri is home to some of the most scenic riverfront views in the Midwest!

Informative

Our cruise guides are experts in their field and love to share their knowledge about this beautiful city. They'll educate you all about the history of the area and its inhabitants, so you can really get an insider's look at this fascinating area.

Family-friendly

Our cruises are great for families with children of all ages, so bring your whole crew along with you! We have plenty of activities that will keep you occupied during the day and night.

Enjoy the beauty of the Mighty Mississippi, Hannibal MO

Hannibal is a historic city with a lot of charm and character. The city is situated on the Mississippi River, making it a prime spot for cruising.

Here are a few facts about the area:

  • Mark Twain is the most famous person from Hannibal, Mo, but we also have several other famous people that have called Hannibal home.
  • The city is home to the oldest standing building in Missouri, which was built in 1819 and still stands today.
  • One of the few places in the world where you can see a double sunset

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Frequently asked questions

Can we modify existing itineraries.

To some extent – yes. Sometimes we will have to because the weather isn’t always ideal and we want to stay in shallow, calm waters to keep the trip enjoyable.

What is the duration of the cruises?

Our cruises last approximately one to two hours

Are food and drinks available on board?

Yes, we offer a variety of food and drinks, including a snack bar and a full-service bar.

Is smoking allowed on board?

No, smoking is not allowed onboard.

Is the Mark Twain Riverboat wheelchair accessible?

We are wheelchair accessible on the lower deck. However, there is no lift to the upper deck and wheelchairs do not fit in the bathrooms.

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Hannibal River Cruises on the Mark Twain Riverboat

The Mark Twain Riverboat brings the mystique of the Mississippi River and the history of Hannibal to life through one-hour sightseeing cruises, two-hour dinner cruises, and the Captain's Sunday Lunch events.

Schedule can vary, call for times.

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Cruises on the Mark Twain Riverboat have been a tradition for decades

The Mark Twain Riverboat has been a unique fixture on the banks of the Mississippi for more than 30 years, offering visitors an up-close view of the Mississippi River during 1-hour narrated sightseeing cruises or 2-hour dinner cruises.

Hannibal river cruises give visitors the opportunity to explore the Mississippi just like Tom and Huck.  This Mississippi River Cruise departs from Center Street Landing three times daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with two departures daily during September and October.  Dinner cruises depart at 6:30 p.m; check for availability. Built in 1964, the Mark Twain Riverboat is 120 ft. long, 33 ft. wide and has a 400-passenger capacity, so there is plenty of room aboard the vessel, which is wheelchair accessible (w/ some limitations.)

1-Hour Sightseeing Mississippi River Cruise

If you have an afternoon to spare in Hannibal, the Mark Twain Riverboat is a must-stop.  One-hour sightseeing cruises on the river include commentary on river history, legends, and sights.  You will see Jackson’s Island, Lover’s Leap, and of course, the Mighty Mississippi rolling along.  Beverages and sandwiches are available on-ship for purchase during these tours.  A cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat is great for family events.  Whether you are a visitor or resident of Hannibal, you can make wonderful memories aboard our unique riverboat experience!

2-Hour Dinner Cruises on the Mark Twain Riverboat

For an extended Mississippi River cruise, be sure to reserve your spot on a 2-hour dinner cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat.

Guests aboard Mark Twain Riverboat dinner cruises are treated to live music, a buffet meal featuring Riverboat Roast Beef, Baked Boneless Chicken Breast, Baked Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans, the Captain’s Favorite Pasta Salad, a Deluxe Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls and Dessert.  Iced Tea and Coffee are included, and a cash bar is also available.

Once on board, you are escorted to your table, then you are free to roam the boat until the captain announces that dinner is ready.  After dinner, you are free to dance or sit back and enjoy the music.  Live entertainment is included on Dinner Cruises.  It may be The Rivermen playing modern jazz (Saturday night from Memorial Day thru September), or you might get to enjoy the music of Tim Hart (Mondays & Tuesdays), or Adam Ledbetter and David Damm (Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).  Listen or dance to their favorite tunes — and they have been known to take a request or two.  And you never know when a crew member or two may step up on the stage and join in.

It’s a fun night of music for the young and the young at heart!  The dancefloor is available after dinner if you are so inclined, or you can choose to dance under the stars on the outer decks (no dancing on the tables and chairs, please).

The Captain’s Sunday Lunch

Enjoy lunch and a cruise on a lovely Sunday!  The dockside meal includes a buffet of Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Seasoned Green Beans, Deluxe Lettuce Salad with dressing, Dinner Roll, and the Captain’s Favorite Pasta Salad.  Iced tea, coffee and water accompany the meal.  Top all of this with a delicious Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie.

Following lunch, enjoy a delightful one-hour sightseeing cruise on the “Mighty Mississippi” complete with river history, facts about Mark Twain, riverboat stories, and a few (or more!) tall-tales.

Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m.  Departure from the dock will be at 1:30 p.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m.

We hope you will join us for a delicious meal and casual river cruise; where you’re sure to become more like family by the time the landing whistle blows across the hills of Hannibal!

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Old Times on the Mississippi (Part IV)

The fourth installment in a seven-part series about the author’s youthful training as a riverboat pilot

IV. The “Cub” Pilot’s Education Nearly Completed.

Whosoever has done me the Courtesy to read my Chapters which have preceded this may possibly wonder that I deal so minutely with piloting as a science. It was the prime purpose of these articles; and I am not quite done yet. I wish to show, in the most patient and painstaking way, what a wonderful science it is. Ship channels are buoyed and lighted, and therefore it is a comparatively easy undertaking to learn to run them; clear-water rivers, with gravel bottoms, change their channels very gradually, and therefore one needs to learn them but once; but piloting becomes another matter when you apply it to vast streams like the Mississippi and the Missouri, whose alluvial banks cave and change constantly, whose snags are always hunting up new quarters, whose sand-bars are never at rest, whose channels are forever dodging and shirking, and whose obstructions must be confronted in all nights and all weathers without the aid of a single light-house or a single buoy; for there is neither light nor buoy to be found anywhere in all this three or four thousand miles of villainous river. I feel justified in enlarging upon this great science for the reason that I feel sure no one has ever yet written a paragraph about it who had piloted a steamboat himself, and so had a practical knowledge of the subject. If the theme were hackneyed, I should be obliged to deal gently with the reader; but since it is wholly new, I have felt at liberty to take up a considerable degree of room with it.

When I had learned the name and position of every visible feature of the river; when I had so mastered its shape that I could shut my eyes and trace it from St. Louis to New Orleans; when I had learned to read the face of the water as one would cull the news from the morning paper; and finally, when I had trained my dull memory to treasure up an endless array of soundings and crossing-marks, and keep fast hold of them, I judged that my education was complete: so I got to tilting my cap to the side of my head, and wearing a tooth-pick in my mouth at the wheel. Mr. B—— had his eye on these airs. One day he said, —

“What is the height of that bank yonder, at Burgess’s?”

“How can I tell, sir? It is three quarters of a mile away.”

“Very poor eye—very poor. Take the glass.”

I took the glass, and presently said, —

“I can’t tell. I suppose that that bank is about a foot and a half high.”

“Foot and a half! That’s a six-foot bank. How high was the bank along here last trip?”

“I don’t know; I never noticed.”

“You didn’t? Well, you must always do it hereafter.”

“Because you’ll have to know a good many things that it tells you. For one thing, it tells you the stage of the river—tells you whether there’s more water or less in the river along here than there was last trip.”

“The leads tell me that.” I rather thought I had the advantage of him there.

“Yes, but suppose the leads lie? The bank would tell you so, and then you’d stir those leadsmen up a bit. There was a ten-foot bank here last trip, and there is only a six-foot bank now. What does that signify?”

“That the river is four feet higher than it was last trip.”

“Very good. Is the river rising or falling?”

“No it ain’t.”

“I guess I am right, sir. Yonder is some drift-wood floating down the stream.”

“A rise starts the drift-wood, but then it keeps on floating a while after the river is done rising. Now the bank will tell you about this. Wait till you come to a place where it shelves a little. Now here; do you see this narrow belt of fine sediment? That was deposited while the water was higher. You see the drift-wood begins to strand, too. The bank helps in other ways. Do you see that stump on the false point?”

“Ay, ay, sir.”

“Well, the water is just up to the roots of it. You must make a note of that.”

“Because that means that there’s seven feet in the chute of 103.”

“But 103 is a long way up the river yet.”

“That’s where the benefit of the bank comes in. There is water enough in 103 now, yet there may not be by the time we get there; but the bank will keep us posted all along. You don’t run close chutes on a falling river, up-stream, and there are precious few of them that you are allowed to run at all down-stream. There’s a law of the United States against it. The river may be rising by the time we get to 103, and in that case we’ll run it. We are drawing—how much?”

“Six feet aft, — six and a half forward.”

“Well, you do seem to know something.”

“But what I particularly want to know is, if I have got to keep up an everlasting measuring of the banks of this river, twelve hundred miles, month in and month out?”

“Of course!”

My emotions were too deep for words for a while. Presently I said, —

“And how about these chutes? Are there many of them?”

“I should say so. I fancy we shan’t run any of the river this trip as you ye ever seen it run before—so to speak. If the river begins to rise again, we’ll go up behind bars that you’ve always seen standing out of the river, high and dry like the roof of a house; we’ll cut across low places that you ye never noticed at all, right through the middle of bars that cover fifty acres of river; we’ll creep through cracks where you’ve always thought was solid land; we’ll dart through the woods and leave twenty-five miles of river off to one side; we’ll see the hind-side of every island between New Orleans and Cairo.”

“Then I’ve got to go to work and learn just as much more river as I already know.”

“Just about twice as much more, as near as you can come at it.”

“Well, one lives to find out. I think I was a fool when I went into this business.”

“Yes, that is true. And you are yet. But you’ll not be when you’ve learned it.”

“Ah, I never can learn it.”

“I will see that you do .”

By and by I ventured again: —

“Have I got to learn all this thing just as I know the rest of the river—shapes and all—and so I can run it at night?”

“Yes. And you’ve got to have good fair marks from one end of the river to the other, that will help the bank tell you when there is water enough in each of these countless places, — like that stump, you know. When the river first begins to rise, you can run half a dozen of the deepest of them; when it rises a foot more you can run another dozen; the next foot will add a couple of dozen, and so on: so you see you have to know your banks and marks to a dead moral certainty, and never get them mixed; for when you start through one of those cracks, there’s no backing out again, as there is in the big river; you’ve got to go through, or stay there six months if you get caught on a falling river. There are about fifty of these cracks which you can’t run at all except when the river is brim full and over the banks.”

“This new lesson is a cheerful prospect.”

“Cheerful enough. And mind what I’ve just told you; when you start into one of those places you’ve got to go through. They are too narrow to turn around in, too crooked to back out of, and the shoal water is always up at the head ; never elsewhere. And the head of them is always likely to be filling up, little by little, so that the marks you reckon their depth by, this season, may not answer for next.”

“Learn a new set, then, every year?”

“Exactly. Cramp her up to the bar! What are you standing up through the middle of the river for?”

The next few months showed me strange things. On the same day that we held the conversation above narrated, we met a great rise coming down the river. The whole vast face of the stream was black with drifting dead logs, broken boughs, and great trees that had caved in and been washed away. It required the nicest steering to pick one’s way through this rushing raft, even in the day-time, when crossing from point to point; and at night the difficulty was mightily increased; every now and then a huge log, lying deep in the water, would suddenly appear right under our bows, coming head-on; no use to try to avoid it then; we could only stop the engines, and one wheel would walk over that log from one end to the other, keeping up a thundering racket and careening the boat in a way that was very uncomfortable to passengers. Now and then we would hit one of these sunken logs a rattling bang, dead in the centre; with a full head of steam, and it would stun the boat as if she had hit a continent. Sometimes this log would lodge and stay right across our nose, and back the Mississippi up before it; we would have to do a little craw-fishing, then, to get away from the obstruction. We often hit white logs, in the dark, for we could not see them till we were right on them; but a black log is a pretty distinct object at night. A white snag is an ugly customer when the daylight is gone.

Of course, on the great rise, down came a swarm of prodigious timber-rafts from the head waters of the Mississippi, coal barges from Pittsburgh, little trailing scows from everywhere, and broad-horns from “Posey County,” Indiana, freighted with “fruit and furniture”—the usual term for describing it, though in plain English the freight thus aggrandized was hoop-poles and pumpkins. Pilots bore a mortal hatred to these craft; and it was returned with usury. The law required all such helpless traders to keep a light burning, but it was a law that was often broken. All of a sudden, on a murky night, a light would hop up, right under our bows, almost, and an agonized voice, with the back-woods “whang” to it, would wail out: —

“Whar’n the —— you goin’ to! Cain’t you see nothin’, you dash-clashed aig-suckin’, sheep-stealin’, one-eyed son of a stuffed monkey!”

Then for an instant, as we whistled by, the red glare from our furnaces would reveal the scow and the form of the gesticulating orator as if under a lightning-flash, and in that instant our firemen and deck-hands would send and receive a tempest of missiles and profanity, one of our wheels would walk off with the crashing fragments of a steering-oar, and down the dead blackness would shut again. And that flatboatman would be sure to go into New Orleans and sue our boat, swearing stoutly that he had a light burning all the time, when in truth his gang had the lantern down below to sing and lie and drink and gamble by, and no watch on deck. Once, at night, in one of those forest-bordered crevices (behind an island) which steamboatmen intensely describe with the phrase “as dark as the inside of a cow,” we should have eaten up a Posey County family, fruit, furniture, and all, but that they happened to be fiddling down below and we just caught the sound of the music in time to sheer off, doing no serious damage, unfortunately, but coming so near it that we had good hopes for a moment. These people brought up their lantern, then, of course; and as we backed and filled to get away, the precious family stood in the light of it—both sexes and various ages—and cursed us till everything turned blue. Once a coal-boatman sent a bullet through our pilot-house when we borrowed a steering-oar of him, in a very narrow place.

During this big rise these small-fry craft were an intolerable nuisance. We were running chute after chute, — a new world to me, — and if there was a particularly cramped place in a chute, we would be pretty sure to meet a broad-horn there; and if he failed to be there, we would find him in a still worse locality, namely, the head of the chute, on the shoal water. And then there would be no end of profane cordialities exchanged.

Sometimes, in the big river, when we would be feeling our way cautiously along through a fog, the deep hush would suddenly be broken by yells and a clamor of tin pans, and all in an instant a log raft would appear vaguely through the webby veil, close upon us; and then we did not wait to swap knives, but snatched our engine bells out by the roots and piled on all the steam we had, to scramble out of the way! One doesn’t hit a rock or a solid log raft with a steamboat when he can get excused.

You will hardly believe it, but many steamboat clerks always carried a large assortment of religious tracts with them in those old departed steamboating days. Indeed they did. Twenty times a day we would be cramping up around a bar, while a string of these small-fry rascals were drifting down into the head of the bend away above and beyond us a couple of miles. Now a skiff would dart away from one of them and come fighting its laborious way across the desert of water. It would “ease all,” in the shadow of our forecastle, and the panting oarsmen would shout, “Gimme a pa-a-per!” as the skiff drifted swiftly astern. The clerk would throw over a file of New Orleans journals. If these were picked up without comment , you might notice that now a dozen other skiffs had been drifting down upon us without saying anything. You understand, they had been waiting to see how No. 1 was going to fare. No. 1 making no comment, all the rest would bend to their oars and come on, now; and as fast as they came the clerk would heave over neat bundles of religious tracts tied to shingles. The amount of hard swearing which twelve packages of religious literature will command when impartially divided up among twelve raftsmen’s crews, who have pulled a heavy skiff two miles on a hot day to get them, is simply incredible.

As I have said, the big rise brought a new world under my vision. By the time the river was over its banks we had forsaken our old paths and were hourly climbing over bars that had stood ten feet out of water before; we were shaving stumpy shores, like that at the foot of Madrid Bend, which I had always seen avoided before; we were clattering through chutes like that of 82, where the opening at the foot was an unbroken wall of timber till our nose was almost at the very spot. Some of these chutes were utter solitudes. The dense, untouched forest overhung both banks of the crooked little crack, and one could believe that human creatures had never intruded there before. The swinging grape-vines, the grassy nooks and vistas glimpsed as we swept by, the flowering creepers waving their red blossoms from the tops of dead trunks, and all the spendthrift richness of the forest foliage, were wasted and thrown away there. The chutes were lovely places to steer in; they were deep, except at the head; the current was gentle; under the “points” the water was absolutely dead, and the invisible banks so bluff that where the tender willow thickets projected you could bury your boat’s broadside in them as you tore along, and then you seemed fairly to fly.

Behind other islands we found wretched little farms, and wretcheder little log-cabins; there were crazy rail fences sticking a foot or two above the water, with one or two jeans-clad, chills-racked, yellow-faced male miserables roosting on the top-rail, elbows on knees, jaws in hands, grinding tobacco and discharging the result at floating chips through crevices left by lost milk-teeth; while the rest of the family and the few farm-animals were huddled together in an empty wood-flat riding at her moorings close at hand. In this flatboat the family would have to cook and eat and sleep for a lesser or greater number of days (or possibly weeks), until the river should fall two or three feet and let them get back to their log-cabin and their chills again—chills being a merciful provision of an all-wise Providence to enable them to take exercise without exertion. And this sort of watery camping out was a thing which these people were rather liable to be treated to a couple of times a year: by the December rise out of the Ohio, and the June rise out of the Mississippi. And yet these were kindly dispensations, for they at least enabled the poor things to rise from the dead now and then, and look upon life when a steamboat went by. They appreciated the blessing, too, for they spread their mouths and eyes wide open and made the most of these occasions. Now what could these banished creatures find to do to keep from dying of the blues during the low-water season!

Once, in one of these lovely island chutes, we found our course completely bridged by a great fallen tree. This will serve to show how narrow some of the chutes were. The passengers had an hour’s recreation in a virgin wilderness, while the boat-hands chopped the bridge away; for there was no such thing as turning back, you comprehend.

From Cairo to Baton Rouge, when the river is over its banks, you have no particular trouble in the night, for the thousand-mile wall of dense forest that guards the two banks all the way is only gapped with a farm or wood-yard opening at intervals, and so you can’t “get out of the river” much easier than you could get out of a fenced lane; but from Baton Rouge to New Orleans it is a different matter. The river is more than a mile wide, and very deep—as much as two hundred feet, in places. Both banks, for a good deal over a hundred miles, are shorn of their timber and bordered by continuous sugar plantations, with only here and there a scattering sapling or row of ornamental China-trees. The timber is shorn off clear to the rear of the plantations, from two to four miles. When the first frost threatens to come, the planters snatch off their crops in a hurry. When they have finished grinding the cane, they form the refuse of the stalks (which they call bagasse ) into great piles and set fire to them, though in other sugar countries the bagasse is used for fuel in the furnaces of the sugar mills. Now the piles of damp bagasse burn slowly, and smoke like Satan’s own kitchen.

An embankment ten or fifteen feet high guards both banks of the Mississippi all the way down that lower end of the river, and this embankment is set back from the edge of the shore from ten to perhaps a hundred feet, according to circumstances; say thirty or forty feet, as a general thing. Fill that whole region with an impenetrable gloom of smoke from a hundred miles of burning bagasse piles, when the river is over the banks, and turn a steamboat loose along there at midnight and see how she will feel. And see how you will feel, too! You find yourself away out in the midst of a vague dim sea that is shoreless, that fades out and loses itself in the murky distances; for you cannot discern the thin rib of embankment, and you are always imagining you see a straggling tree when you don’t. The plantations themselves are transformed by the smoke and look like a part of the sea. All through your watch you are tortured with the exquisite misery of uncertainty. You hope you are keeping in the river, but you do not know. All that you are sure about is that you are likely to be within six feet of the bank and destruction, when you think you are a good half-mile from shore. And you are sure, also, that if you chance suddenly to fetch up against the embankment and topple your chimneys overboard, you will have the small comfort of knowing that it is about what you were expecting to do. One of the great Vicksburg packets darted out into a sugar plantation one night, at such a time, and had to stay there a week. But there was no novelty about it; it had often been done before.

I thought I had finished this number, but I wish to add a curious thing, while it is in my mind. It is only relevant in that it is connected with piloting. There used to be an excellent pilot on the river, a Mr. X., who was a somnambulist. It was said that if his mind was troubled about a bad piece of river, he was pretty sure to get up and walk in his sleep and do strange things. He was once fellow-pilot for a trip or two with George E——, on a great New Orleans passenger packet. During a considerable part of the first trip George was uneasy, but got over it by and by, as X. seemed content to stay in his bed when asleep. Late one night the boat was approaching Helena, Arkansas; the water was low, and the crossing above the town in a very blind and tangled condition. X. had seen the crossing since E—— had, and as the night was particularly drizzly, sullen, and dark, E—— was considering whether he had not better have X. called to assist in running the place, when the door opened and X. walked in. Now on very dark nights, light is a deadly enemy to piloting; you are aware that if you stand in a lighted room, on such a night, you cannot see things in the street to any purpose; but if you put out the lights and stand in the gloom you can make out objects in the street pretty well. So, on very dark nights, pilots do not smoke; they allow no fire in the pilot-house stove if there is a crack which can allow the least ray to escape; they order the furnaces to be curtained with huge tarpaulins and the sky-lights to be closely blinded. Then no light whatever issues from the boat. The undefinable shape that now entered the pilot-house had Mr. X.’s voice. This said, —

“Let me take her, Mr. E——; I’ve seen this place since you have, and it is so crooked that I reckon I can run it myself easier than I could tell you how to do it.”

“It is kind of you, and I swear I am willing. I haven’t got another drop of perspiration left in me. I have been spinning around and around the wheel like a squirrel. It is so dark I can’t tell which way she is swinging till she is coming around like a whirligig.”

So E—— took a seat on the bench, panting and breathless. The black phantom assumed the wheel without saying anything, steadied the waltzing steamer with a turn or two, and then stood at ease, coaxing her a little to this side and then to that, as gently and as sweetly as if the time had been noonday. When E—— observed this marvel of steering, he wished he had not confessed! He stared, and wondered, and finally said, —

“Well, I thought I knew how to steer a steamboat, but that was another mistake of mine.”

X. said nothing, but went serenely on with his work. He rang for the leads; he rang to slow down the steam; he worked the boat carefully and neatly into invisible marks, then stood at the centre of the wheel and peered blandly out into the blackness, fore and aft, to verify his position; as the leads shoaled more and more, he stopped the engines entirely, and the dead silence and suspense of “drifting” followed; when the shoalest water was struck, he cracked on the steam, carried her handsomely over, and then began to work her warily into the next system of shoal marks; the same patient, heedful use of leads and engines followed, the boat slipped through without touching bottom, and entered upon the third and last intricacy of the crossing; imperceptibly she moved through the gloom, crept by inches into her marks, drifted tediously till the shoalest water was cried, and then, under a tremendous head of steam, went swinging over the reef and away into deep water and safety!

E—— let his long-pent breath pour out in a great, relieving sigh, and said: —

“That’s the sweetest piece of piloting that was ever done on the Mississippi River! I wouldn’t believed it could be done, if I hadn’t seen it.”

There was no reply, and he added: —

“Just hold her five minutes longer, partner, and let me run down and get a cup of coffee.”

A minute later E—— was biting into a pie, down in the “texas,” and comforting himself with coffee. Just then the night watchman happened in, and was about to happen out again, when he noticed E—— and exclaimed, —

“Who is at the wheel, sir?”

“Dart for the pilot-house, quicker than lightning!”

The next moment both men were flying up the pilot-house companion-way, three steps at a jump! Nobody there! The great steamer was whistling down the middle of the river at her own sweet will! The watchman shot out of the place again; E—— seized the wheel, set an engine back with power, and held his breath while the boat reluctantly swung away from a “towhead” which she was about to knock into the middle of the Gulf of Mexico!

By and by the watchman came back and said, —

“Didn’t that lunatic tell you he was asleep, when he first came up here?”

“Well, he was. I found him walking along on top of the railings, just as unconcerned as another man would walk a pavement; and I put him to bed; now just this minute there he was again, away astern, going through that sort of tight-rope deviltry the same as before.”

“Well, I think I’ll stay by, next time he has one of those fits. But I hope he’ll have them often. You just ought to have seen him take this boat through Helena crossing. I never saw anything so gaudy before. And if he can do such gold-leaf, kid-glove, diamond-breastpin piloting when he is sound asleep, what couldn’t he do if he was dead!”

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    The following is a list of historical, current, and future closures (for refurbishment or other reasons) that we have recorded for the Mark Twain Riverboat attraction at Disneyland Park in California. Please note that this is an unofficial list and that future closures are very much subject to change. Sep 17, 2023-Feb 23, 2024 Sep 12-22, 2022

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    French Market Restaurant — Permanently Closed. This Disneyland restaurant closed permanently on February 17th, 2023, in order to make way for the NEW Tiana's Palace restaurant. French Market. The new spot features, of course, a setting and food inspired by Disney's The Princess and the Frog! Tiana's Palace.

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    January 25, 2023. The Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland will close for a refurbishment in March. The refurbishment will begin on March 6, 2023. An end date has not been released and the Disneyland calendar does not yet go past March 8. The refurbishment is likely a standard refurbishment that water-related attractions go through frequently ...

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