VIDEO: Watch former skippers reenact Disneyland’s Mike Fink Keel Boats at home

by Brittani Tuttle

With today being Disneyland’s 65th anniversary, it’s a bittersweet day for many, as the park is still closed with no announced reopening date. However, a few former skippers of the Mike Fink Keel Boats are making magic happen at home to celebrate.

mike fink keel boats

The Mike Fink Keel Boats were small boats that traveled through the Rivers of America at Disneyland park, and were based on two episodes of the “Davy Crockett” miniseries that aired on the “Disneyland” TV show in 1955.

Mike Fink Keel Boats Highlights 1991 Footage w/ Burning Settlers Cabin - Walt Disney World

The ride was named after Mike Fink, the “King of the River” who lost the keel boat race. The attraction eventually closed in 1997.

To offer fans of the classic attraction a bit of magic while Disneyland is closed, a group of former skippers took it upon themselves to “refloat” the attraction via an 11-minute tour right in their own backyards.

You can check out their video for yourself below:

Mike Fink Keel Boats Refloat

How are you celebrating Disneyland’s 65th birthday at home? Let us know in the comments!


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