Riverboat Sightings

A Few Riverboat Sightings

In this post, I’ll cover a few of the sightings I’ve had of the riverboats long after the attractions was retired.

Riverboat Spied at Seven Seas Lagoon
Riverboat Spied at Seven Seas Lagoon

July 2003 – Safari Village Dock / Upcountry Landing

In July 2003, the Hasty Hippo (at Safari Village dock) and Darting Dragonfly (at Upcountry Landing) were spotted.  The boats were tied up to the docs, empty with no activity seen.  Oddly enough, the tires from the sides of the boat had been removed and would later re-appear in the shots from 2004.

Hasty Hippo
Hasty Hippo
Hasty Hippo seen through the trees
Spied through the trees
Darting Dragon Fly tied up at Upcountry Landing
Darting Dragon Fly tied up at Upcountry Landing
Empty boat
Empty boat
Riverboat - Nobody was keeping watch
Nobody was keeping watch either.
Riverboat - The glory days had passed.
The glory days had passed.

 

August 2003 – Seven Seas Lagoon

The following pictures were taken in 2003 from the Magic Kingdom boat dock looking out over the Seven Seas Lagoon.  Unfortunately, I did not get any shots of the rear of the boat and was unable to see it’s name.  The sign from the side had been removed.  I had heard that one or two boats were transported over for transportation and special events and/or fireworks parties.

Riverboat - Seven Seas Lagoon
Riverboat – Seven Seas Lagoon

Riverboat - Seven Seas Lagoon
Riverboat – Seven Seas Lagoon

August 2003 – Safari Village Dock

Seen just the day before the shots above from outside the Magic Kingdom, the following boat was docked at the Safari Village dock.  The paint scheme matches the shots from the Darting Dragonfly seen in the October 2004 pictures further below as well as the July 2003 pictures.  I’m unsure what it was used for at this stage…. possibly a fun way to bring in the characters now roaming freely at the Safari Village — I mean Discovery Island — dock.

Riverboat at Safari Village Dock
Random Boat Sighting

July 2004 – Seven Seas Lagoon

Back at the Seven Seas Lagoon, a boat with the name “Magic Kingdom II” was seen.  The paint scheme was different than the one seen here in 2003.

Magic Kingom II Riverboat
Magic Kingom II Riverboat

October 2004 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lake

In 2004, the Darting Dragonfly was seen jamming out in the lake.  Chip and Dale were waiving at the guests along the shore while a live band was playing from the boat.  The boat had been updated with additional decorations along the roof line and railings.  The tires hanging from the sides to protect the boat missing in 2003 were back again.

Darting Dragonfly Riverboat
Expedition Everest construction can be seen in the background.
Darting Dragonfly Riverboat
The party boat comes around the bend.
Darting Dragonfly Riverboat
Waiving at Chip and Dale.. they waived back.
Darting Dragonfly Riverboat
Chip and Dale dancing away!
Darting Dragonfly Riverboat
Much more colorful than the original boats.
It’s the Darting Dragonfly!
Darting Dragonfly
Circling around
Darting Dragonfly
We saw the boat make a big loop around the lake.
Darting Dragonfly
Wide shot
Darting Dragonfly
Adios Amigos

WDW Transportation Collector Card

The following card was picked up in January 2017. If you were not aware, most transportation drivers at Disney World have Transportation Collector Cards. If you ask, there is a chance the driver may be able to give you one. This card (numbers 12 of 27) features the Discover Riverboat as it has been renamed the Magic Kingdom I and Magic Kingdom II, matching the pictures above from 2003 and 2004.  There are a few facts on the back, including a nod to it’s roots as an “African River” style boat.  Next time you have a chance, be sure to ask and see which card(s) you are able to collect.

Disney World Transportation Collector Card - Magic Kingdom Boat - Front
A new life for some riverboats as the Magic Kingdom I and II.
Disney World Transportation Collector Card - Magic Kingdom Boat - Front
African style… from the Animal Kingdom

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