EARTHQUAKE! Part 2 – Rockin’ ‘n Rollin’ on the Columbia at Disneyland, 5.4 Earthquake Style on Tues., July 29

To see the first part of this trip report about the earthquake at Disneyland, click here.

As Carol wrote earlier in this blog’s trip report about our July 2008 Disneyland vacation, “we experienced our first earthquake Tuesday 7/29/08’s earthquake in Orange County CA — kinda…

While Disneyland was rockin’ from a 5.4 scale earthquake, we were rollin’ on the river and hardly felt it!

We rode sailing ship Columbia twice in a row around the Rivers of America and during our second ride was when the earthquake apparently happened. We felt nothing! Rich observed the Cast Members seemed busy with their radios, but we didn’t have any dots to connect about that. We disembarked and people were walking around calmly as they do in theme parks. Maybe the ship (other than being on a track) was in the water and maybe the water kept us from feeling the quake.

It’s so cool! You can go below deck and see where it’s crew lives, and they fire cannon twice off of it while it sails.”

But first, here’s some background. When we visited Disneyland earlier this year during Easter week, one of the things we had wanted to do was ride the Columbia Sailing Ship. When we approached the ship to go on it, however, the last sailing of the day had already taken place. So, this trip we were determined not to miss a chance to experience it, so we made sure to get to the dock in Frontierland early… So early, the Columbia Sailing Ship hadn’t arrived yet: It was running late.

I asked a Cast Member if I would have time to go get FastPasses for Splash Mountain while Carol and Michael waited at the dock, and I was told there’d be time to do that. So, I set off to Critter Country next door where I saw the ship still in Fowler’s Harbor, being prepared for its first voyage of the day.

The FastPasses we would not be able to use…

…because after the earthquake, all attractions including Splash Mountain would be shut down for safety checks, then we started doing other things when attractions were up and running again and didn’t ride Splash Mountain that day after all.

Getting back to the landing, the Mark Twain riverboat was there, but the Sailing Ship Columbia still hadn’t made it out of Fowler’s Harbor. I found Carol and Michael and we walked across the street to see the Sheriff of Frontierland trying to catch some bad guys in front of the saloon.

The sheriff won out in the end, like he always does, so we headed back to the dock. Not long afterwards we saw the Sailing Ship Columbia around the bend in the river, approaching us.

The first thing we did after boarding, besides looking up and wondering how the ship sails without sails, was head below deck to see the museum before the crowds thought of doing that, too.



The Captain’s Quarters:


We headed back up the stairs to the top deck after having explored everything below. And it was when we were up top that the earthquake happened. See more pictures before and after the earthquake in the next blog entry. Click here to see it!


1 Response to “EARTHQUAKE! Part 2 – Rockin’ ‘n Rollin’ on the Columbia at Disneyland, 5.4 Earthquake Style on Tues., July 29”

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