Monday, July 30, 2012

Discovery River Boats returning?

I've heard the barest hint of a whispered rumor that we may see a return of the Discovery River Boats (also variously called Discovery River Taxis and Radio Disney River Cruise at different times in its history). The phrasing was tentative, so maybe it's only an idea being explored.

These boats functioned as the "steam train" of DAK, providing transportation to different parts of the park. They worked for the first few years of the park, but they had operational problems. The low capacity meant that lines built up for it, and people were mad that they waited up to an hour only to be dropped off in a location five minutes away by walking. Since the main idea was transportation, not show, they felt cheated.

There were a few show elements, like the stone dragon that breathed fire or the iguanadon in the water near Countdown to Extinction (now Dinosaur). But by and large, the point was transportation.

I'm not sure if the rumor to re-open is related to Avatar. If they do re-open, I hope they have a plan to address the problems from last time. Either add more show, or limit the line so people don't wait inappropriately, maybe?

For now, the docks sit empty still (except the one used by Tigger and friends near the front).

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.