Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Storybook Land Canal Boats

Storybook Land Canal Boats officially opened on June 16, 1956, nearly a year after the previous version of the attraction, Canal Boats of the World, debuted on the opening day of Disneyland park.

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The transformation of the attraction into Storybook Land Canal Boats was completed in only a few months, and in commemoration of its 60th anniversary we’re pleased to share some of the photos taken during construction, including of Walt Disney inspecting the progress of this now-classic Fantasyland favorite.

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Storybook Land Canal Boats features a guided tour cruising by detailed miniature locations from classic Disney films, set among hills, valleys and caverns filled with enchanted homes and villages. Created on a 1:12 miniature scale and featuring unique horticulture design, it’s one of the most richly detailed attractions at any Disney park.

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The settings depicted span from the straw, stick and brick houses of the “Three Little Pigs” from Disney’s 1933 Silly Symphony short, to the most recently added Fjord-side village of Arendelle from “Frozen.” Storybook Land Canal Boats is also the only known attraction that begins by traveling through the mouth of the whale from “Pinocchio,” Monstro!

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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