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Mark Twain Riverboat

The stately Mark Twain Riverboat on the Rivers of America in Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park


Guests Can Be

Any Height

Age Interest

All Ages

Thrill Level

Slow Rides, Water Rides, Loud

Accessibility and Other Information - Opens Dialog


  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV


1955 Original Ride

Guest Policies

  • Los Visitantes deben permanecer en sus sillas de ruedas o Vehículos Eléctricos para disfrutar de esta atracción.
  • Wheelchair Access: Proceed to the access gate to the right of the turnstile or through the attraction exit. Lower level access only.
  • Supervise children at all times.
    Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

Cruise the scenic Rivers of America on a sightseeing tour aboard a majestic 19th-century paddle boat.

Printed above the paddle-wheel: Mark Twain, Disneyland U.S.A.

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.

The steam-powered paddle-wheel propels the Mark Twain Riverboat down the water

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.

The Mark Twain Riverboat loading dock in Frontierland

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.

The stately Mark Twain Riverboat on the Rivers of America in Disneyland Park

Alternate Adventures

While you'll get a unique perspective of the Rivers of America from the Mark Twain, the boat follows the same path as Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes and the Sailing Ship Columbia.


Sunday, December 09, 2018

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