Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes

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Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes

Please Pardon Our Dust

As part of our continuing efforts to create magical experiences for our Guests, Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 11, 2016. Please stay tuned for further updates!

Paddle around the Rivers of America on a grand sightseeing adventure aboard Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes. Named after the legendary frontiersman, Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes transport you back to a time before highways, when water was the fastest mode of transportation and an exciting new discovery was around every river bend.

The Rivers of America

The canoe voyage will take you in a full circle around Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. Along the banks of the Rivers of America, you'll see sights and sounds from 3 different lands — including the backwoods of Frontierland, the wrought-iron railings of New Orleans Square and the peak of Chick-A-Pin Hill towering over Critter Country.

Also along the river's edge, sharp-eyed explorers can observe:

  • The rustic cabin of a frontier settler
  • An idyllic Native American village
  • Busy beavers at work on a dam
  • A moose enjoying a leisurely lunch
  • An ominous mansion lurking in the shadows
  • A skunk staring down raccoons
  • Mountain lions relaxing in the sun
  • An osprey guarding it's nest
  • The Disneyland Railroad steaming into the wilderness

While you'll get a very unique perspective of the Rivers of America from the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, the attraction follows the same path as two larger ships: the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia.

The Canoes

The 20-passager vessels are real, old-fashioned canoes — there is no motor and no track. Modeled after the boats that early Native American and European explorers used to traverse the real rivers of America, these 35-foot-long canoes are powered entirely by the strong arms and paddles of the people inside.

Don't worry about the workload! The boats are lightweight and most of the paddling is more for fun than propulsion. While your help is appreciated, the river guides who sit in the fore and aft of the canoe are capable enough of navigating the waters by themselves.

Operation Times

Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes operate seasonally, may close due to inclement weather and are only open during certain times of day. If paddling around the Rivers of America is a priority, try to make it over to Critter Country earlier in the day.

Guest Policies

  • Supervise children at all times. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • This attraction closes at dusk.
  • Guests must transfer from their wheelchair or Electric Conveyance Vehicle to the ride vehicle by themselves or with assistance by members of their party to experience this attraction. A transfer device is available for this attraction.
  • Guests must navigate steps when boarding and disembarking the canoe. Guests must maintain their balance when stepping in or out of canoe.
  • Wheelchair Access: Proceed to the attraction exit via the ramp next to the lower-level stairs of Hungry Bear Restaurant. Contact a Cast Member for boarding instructions.



Today's Park Hours:

Friday, July 21, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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