6 Fun Facts Your Probably Didn't Know About Disneyland's Mark Twain Steamboat Attraction


Disneyland's Mark Twain Steamboat attraction is a true Disney icon. Even in the earliest concept drawings, Walt knew he wanted a large paddle ship. In fact, Walt felt so strongly about its inclusion in the park that forked over his own cash to complete its construction when production costs were running high. But, did you know…

The Mark Twain Steamboat was the first large paddle wheeler built in America since the early 20th century, sits 105 feet long, weighsv150 tons and can hold over 350 passengers

Although the steel hull was constructed out of Long Beach, CA, the fixtures and superstructure was built out of the Disney studio in Burbank. The parts of the ship were assembled inside the park.

In the early days of the Mark Twain Steamboat there weren't any 'limits' set on how many guests could ride the boat on a single trip. As a result, there are tales of cast members accidentally overloading the boat leading to experiences where the boat nearly capsizes when too many guests rush to one side of the boat!

The Mark Twain made it's first trial run on Walt and Lily's 30th wedding anniversary party - July 13th, 1955. Four days later, on Disneyland's opening day, Irene Dunn, an actress at the time, christened the boat for all to ride.

Throughout the time of A-E tickets offered at Disneyland, the Mark Twain Steamboat has been both a C and a D ticket…which a short period of time as an E ticket!

The 12-14 minute journey around the Rivers of American is about a half mile long (the same length as the track for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) and is actually powered by steam and is propelled by the giant paddle wheel.