“boat through Monstro the Whale”
Storybook Land was constructed and Disneyland's muddy banks were landscaped with miniature plants, including a bonsai tree planted by Walt Disney himself. The idea of having Monstro the whale consume the canal boats came from a never-implemented concept for a "Monstro the Whale" ride, in which small boats were to be swallowed by Monstro and then plunged down a watery path into a pond below.
After departing from the dock, the boat passes through a short cave sculpted to look like Monstro, the whale that swallowed Pinocchio. Monstro is partially animated: his eye opens and closes, and periodically steam comes out of his blow hole.
The attraction reopened on June 16, 1956, under the new name Storybook Land Canal Boats. Over the years several scenes have been added to and removed from the attraction. Most notably, the Sultan’s Palace from Aladdin appeared where the miniature Toad Hall had previously stood for a major refurbishment done in 1994. However, Toad Hall returned the following year in another location.
Cast off on a colorful canal boat for a “mini” tour of fairytale destinations seen in classic Disney animated movies.
Journey through the mouth of Monstro the Whale to a magical realm of memorable Disney animated movie locales in miniature.
Hop inside a 12-person boat for a gentle cruise through Storybook Land. As you gracefully make your way past hills and through valleys, discover a dazzling menagerie of enchanted homes and villages from classic Disney movies amazingly rendered in miniature scale.
Storybook Land Canal Boats features intricately replicated houses, villages and palaces—complete with imaginative landscaping, charming music and special lighting effects. A live tour guide will tell you the story of each scenic environment.
The hand-crafted mini models use a scale of one inch to one foot and are as painstakingly detailed as full-sized structures. The doors of many of the buildings actually open for added effect!
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Storybook Land Canal Ride
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