Place Category: Disneyland Attractions
All Aboard! Cast off on a scenic half-mile adventure into the wilds of old America aboard a steam-powered paddler. Board the 19th-century-inspired Mark Twain riverboat nestled in the heart of Frontierland and embark on a relaxing sightseeing voyage around Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.
Sights to See
During this charming, 14-minute journey into America’s early frontier, sharp-eyed explorers can observe a menagerie of sights along the river’s edge, including:
- The new north bank of the Columbia Gorge, complete with a beautiful waterfront and 5 sparkling waterfalls
- A rustic cabin of a frontier settler
- An idyllic Native American village
- A busy beaver at work chewing on the train trestle
- A moose enjoying a leisurely lunch
- A Haunted Mansion lurking in the shadows
- A skunk staring down raccoons
- Mountain lions relaxing in the sun
- An osprey guarding its nest
- The Disneyland Railroad steaming into the wilderness
Along the way, listen to lively narration about a time when traveling was as much about new discoveries as it was about transportation.
While you’ll get a very unique perspective of the Rivers of America from the Mark Twain Riverboat, the attraction follows the same path as Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and the Sailing Ship Columbia.
The Mark Twain is a working reproduction of the historic vessels that ferried people up and down the mighty Mississippi. An actual working steam engine converts the water from the Rivers of America into steam that in turn powers the large paddle that propels the boat.
On the Riverboat
Featuring meticulously detailed wood craftsmanship, the 28-foot tall, 105-foot-long vessel is comprised of 4 pristine decks:
- Pilothouse , also known as the top deck, features the wheelhouse and Captain’s Quarters
- Promenade Deck includes a salon and a collection of vintage photos and maps
- Texas (or Sun) Deck is the perfect place to catch some rays as you float down the river
- Main Deck includes the boiler and pistons that run the paddlewheel
Limited seating is available on the first deck.
Travel back to the past while moving full steam ahead on the Mark Twain!
About Mark Twain Riverboat
Walt Disney named the Mark Twain after the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. One of America’s greatest writers and Walt’s personal hero, Clemens was a riverboat pilot as a young man. That experience inspired his pen name: “mark twain” is a riverboat term that means a vessel is at a safe depth.