EARTHQUAKE! Part 3 – Rockin’ ‘n Rollin’ on the Columbia at Disneyland, 5.4 Earthquake Style on Tues., July 29

In part two of this report, we detailed what we did and saw leading up to the earthquake at Disneyland on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 while we were aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia.

Now as we continue from where we left off at the end of part two, we’ve finished exploring below the deck and are back on the top deck of the ship, continuing our voyage around the Rivers of America — and in this part we’ll report on what happened during the earthquake!

After going up the stairs near the mast which has the crow’s nest, one of the shipmates is firing the cannon!

Michael’s enjoying taking video.

Carol’s having fun and taking some of these photos with her iPhone.

Caution! Rapids on the right of us.

On our left, an Indian brave is fishing with his dog.

Hold your fire! We’re approaching a peaceful Indian village.

We’re approaching a former Guest attraction at Disneyland, now permanently at anchor along the Rivers of America… You can see it to the left of the moose below…

It is the Gullywhumper keelboat, aboard which Guests used to be guided along the river.

It is also one of the two original keelboats used in the filming of “Davy Crockett and the River Pirates.”

I was using my iPhone to take some of these pictures you’re seeing.

Below is one of the mine trains on some of the original track originally used in the Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland attraction.

The Davy Crockett Explorer Canoe is approaching the keelboat.

Below, we’re getting close to the dock at Frontierland. The earthquake hasn’t happened yet… we were allowed to stay on for another sailing after the Columbia docked, let off the other Guests, then other ones boarded.

You can see the skyline of New Orleans Square ahead in the distance.

Don’t shoot at New Orleans!

Coming in to the dock now…

The dock crew is getting ready to let our ship’s passengers disembark.

At this point we’re docked, with passengers disembarking and more passengers coming aboard.

I asked the Cast Member to pose at the ship’s wheel for this picture. Thanks!

There’s another of those Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes coming towards us…

…and alongside us…

…and passing us! That’s because we’re still at the dock.


Time for more pictures… Smile, Carol!

We move away from the Frontierland dock as the area along the shore transitions to New Orleans Square on the left.

Tom Sawyer Island is on our right. As always!

And then something went terribly wrong…

Our ship has come to a complete stop in the river after already leaving the dock. The time stamp on this photo and the other ones below put the time at about when the earthquake was reported to have happened. That would explain why we’ve stopped.

The Cast Member did not let on that anything was wrong, and yet we still hadn’t moved.

The CM kept in communication with others ashore, who eventually told him to move along forward slowly.

When the Sailing Ship Columbia would finish going completely around the river, it would not be letting on any more passengers until all the other attractions also reopened.

You can see the number of Guests along the shore increasing, as other attractions are stopped and Guests evacuated for safety, in case of building damage from aftershocks.

In the next part of this trip report, we’ll show how the aftermath of the earthquake affected Disneyland park Guests, including us.


1 Response to “EARTHQUAKE! Part 3 – Rockin’ ‘n Rollin’ on the Columbia at Disneyland, 5.4 Earthquake Style on Tues., July 29”

  1. 1 EARTHQUAKE! Part 4 - Aftermath Aboard the Columbia « Disney Echo Eyes And EchoEars Travel Blog Trackback on November 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm

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