Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes is that kind of old-fashioned ride that some people still find charming. Based on the character Davy Crockett, it's a blast from our pioneering past.

You'll get a little exercise on the Explorer Canoes. In fact, riders have to paddle themselves or it wouldn't go anywhere at all. Don't worry about losing your way the entire trip is coached by a Cast Member. 

All that paddling will take you on a trip along Rivers America and around Tom Sawyer's Island. That's the same route that the Mark Twain Riverboat and Columbia Sailing Ship take and we'd suggest choosing only one of these three attractions. You don't need to see that same scenery three times.

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What You Need to Know About Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

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We polled 154 of our readers to find out what they think about the canoe ride. 69% of them said It's a must-do or ride it if you have time, making it one of the lowest-rated rides at Disneyland.

  • Location: You might think the canoes are in New Orleans Square, but the official location of Davy Crockett's canoes is in Critter Country.
  • Rating: 
  • Restrictions: No height restrictions. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • Ride Time: 5 minutes
  • Recommended for: Anyone
  • Fun Factor: Low to moderate
  • Wait Factor: Low
  • Fear Factor: Low
  • Herky-Jerky Factor: Low
  • Nausea Factor: Low
  • Seating:  The ride vehicles are long canoes. Each one holds 20 people, who sit on benches, one to two per row. You have to step down into the canoe and it may rock a little bit as you get in.
  • Accessibility: Wheelchairs should go to the exit and ask a Cast Member for help. You'll have to negotiate some steps and transfer into the canoes by yourself or with help from a companion. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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How to Have More Fun on Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Boarding Area for Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
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  • The canoes are just a little wobbly, so watch your step getting in.
  • This ride opens only on busy days off-season, and it closes before dark.
  • The canoes may not run on rainy days
  • Disney says don't worry about the work:  "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." However, unless you are unable to paddle or are a small child, going on the canoes without doing any paddling will earn you some good-natured teasing from the guides and fellow guests.

Next Disneyland Ride: Storybook Land Canal Boats

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Fun Facts About Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and the Mark Twain Riverboat
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This ride is only at Disneyland Anaheim.

It's one of the few rides at Disneyland where a Cast Member gets in with you (others include Jungle Cruise and Storybook Land Canal Boats). And it's the only one where the riders have to do any work.

This ride was formerly called Indian War Canoes, a name that was changed in 1971.

Without ever having to move to another location, The Explorer Canoes is one of the only rides to have been in three different Disneyland "lands",​ Frontierland, Bear Country, and Critter Country.

Next Disneyland Ride: Storybook Land Canal Boats