Monday, January 11, 2016
The Final Spin
Yesterday was the last day that guests could take a spin around the original Rivers of America before its closure and "editing" to make room for the new Star Wars Land. Although I am a big fan of "less is more," this is definitely the exception to the rule. My niece visited me in December and I took her to Disneyland for her very first visit. I am so grateful that she was able to experience a journey on the Mark Twain before the changes occurred. Today's post is a photo journal of that trip.
This shot shows my very first trip aboard the Twain back in 1970, posing with my brother, the father of my niece.
Are you ready? Here we go!
It is so impressive to hear the whistle and see the steam from the Twain as it begins to travel around Tom Sawyer Island.
Many of the photos in today's post are large-sized panoramas; make sure you click them and zoom in on all of the details!
The Columbia was docked at the time; although I enjoy riding on it as well, I was glad that my last trip could be aboard the Twain.
From what I have read, this is approximately where the journey will change. The Rivers will end here and cut through Tom Sawyer Island, which has caused the new route to be called "The Donut." No idea whether the cabin will be moved or removed.
These figures seem to be saying, "Where did our River go?"
This one is waving away to Walt's original classic. Bye-bye…
This tableau is supposedly going to be moved.
The remnants of Nature's Wonderland are also supposedly going to disappear.
My niece thoroughly enjoyed her leisurely trip around the Rivers of America.
I am saddened by the shortening of the River, but not very surprised. After the loss of the Carnation Gardens and the slaughter of tasteful design in New Orleans Square to make way for a larger (and more profitable) Club 33, I can't say that anything really shocks me about what the Disney Corporation does any more.
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