Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat

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Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat
Disneyworld, Orlando, FL, summer 1972 07.jpg
The Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat in 1972.
Magic Kingdom
Area Liberty Square
Status Closed
Opening date October 2, 1971
Closing date Fall 1980
General statistics
Ticket D

The Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat was named after Joe Fowler, the retired navy admiral who was in charge of the construction of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.[1][2]


Much to the Opening Day guests' dismay, the Admiral Joe Fowler hadn't entered service yet until a day later after the park opened on October 1, 1971.[2][3]

In the fall of 1980, the riverboat was dropped from the crane attempting to lift it into the dry dock area for refurbishment and its hull was completely destroyed beyond repair.[2][4][5] The riverboat's bell was refitted to the Walt Disney World Railroad's #4 Roy O. Disney steam locomotive and its steam engine machinery was shipped to Tokyo Disneyland.[4]

The damaged riverboat was taken to a boneyard for awhile before being broken up for scrap.[5][6] It had operated for less than ten years compare to the other riverboats in every Disney Parks.[4]

In 1999, the Magic Kingdom I ferry, which crosses the Seven Seas Lagoon taking guests to and from the Transportation and Ticket Center and the Magic Kingdom, was renamed the Admiral Joe Fowler in his honor.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c Mongello, Lou (September 17, 2007). "Liberty Square Riverboat". WDW Radio. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat". Extinct Disney. Archived from the original on May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "7 Amazing Features of the Liberty Square Riverboat". DisneyDining. Archived from the original on May 13, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Admiral Joe Fowler and Richard F. Irvine Riverboats". Walt Dated World. Archived from the original on March 5, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Who Was Joe Fowler?". dadfordisney. September 23, 2014. Archived from the original on November 10, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ "About the Ferryboats - An Overview". Walt Disney World Transportation Division - Watercraft. Archived from the original on April 29, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2017.