Tell me I am not insane! MF Keelboats at WDW...

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  1. Matt'sMom

    Matt'sMom DIS Veteran

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    OK. The Mike Fink Keelboats at WDW--these were closed down for good back in 1997, correct??? I have read that the former dock area, located by the HM, is now a designated smoking area.

    I said they were closed, but other person insists they are still operating at WDW, and that he has a photo he took of them in operation (at WDW in FL) just a couple weeks ago. Have not seen the 'photo' in question. I believe he may be confusing the raft that takes you over to Tom Sawyer Island, with the former Keelboats. Or perhaps he saw one of the older boats tied up somehwere, though no longer in use as a 'ride'. Either that, or he is really confused and thinking of the big paddleboat, "Liberty Belle". :confused3

    What do you think? Am I right, or is he? :rolleyes1
     
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  3. cherylp3

    cherylp3 Florida Resident

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    They are closed. Part of the former dock is a fast pass area.
     
  4. momz

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    I rode them in Dec. 2000. But they are closed now.
     
  5. DebbieTN

    DebbieTN Actually here since 1998, but had to re-register

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    The Keel boats closed on April 28, 2001. Me, my daughter and some of her friends were on the last boat before it closed. They all knew the day it was going to close so we got there just before dark and asked if that was the last boat. It was. It was so much fun, but sad at the same time. Here are some pictures of the last boat trip.

    The last crew on the keel boats
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    Friends on the last keel boat ride
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    The last spiel from the dock
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    "I've always wanted to inflate one of these"
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  6. Brian_WDW74

    Brian_WDW74 <font color=red>Theme Parks Co-Moderator<br><font Moderator

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    Yep, they're gone.
     
  7. Matt'sMom

    Matt'sMom DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for the confirmation. I was so sure they had been closed down. Just had the incorrect date. Sounds like they've been gone c. 7 years, as oppossed to 10 years. But at least I was not imagining it. :thumbsup2
     

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