The Sailing Ship Columbia in Discovery Bay: Never Built Disneyland

Never Built Disneyland

Deck of Sailing Ship Columbia Rivers of America Disneyland

Discovery Bay would have added a new land along the Rivers of America, and it would have permanently changed the views of all of the boat traffic on the waterways, but it also would have significantly changed one of the attractions on it. It would have moved the Sailing Ship Columbia to be docked in Discovery Bay.

A problem with the Sailing Ship Columbia and the Mark Twain Riverboat has always been that they share a station. This has constantly caused problems as people queue for both at the same time, and not being able to really choose which they went on.

Captain Redd Disneyland Character In Front Of Sailing Ship Columbia

This would be a problem that Disneyland would solve by moving one of the boats to another station, now located in the new land. It would have been complicated, necessitating the coordination of both stations being launched.

The boat would have roughly fit in the time period of Discovery Bay, although it was not as futuristic as the rest of the land. Incorporating an actual boat you can ride launching from the land would help add to its port like feeling, and keep up the kinetic movement that the Rivers of America has always been known for. The riverboat would launch near New Orleans, and the long-distance sailing ship would launch from the seaside port.

Today the two boats still launch from the same station when they run at the same time, and provide the same experience as they always have, allowing you to escape the frantic pace of Disneyland for a restful journey around the Rivers of America.

Thanks for exploring this proposed ride relocation with us, and be sure to come back next week when we explore the lost rapids ride of Discovery Bay. Be sure to check out the rest of Never Built Disneyland so far here.