Swan Boats (Magic Kingdom)

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Swan Boats
Magic Kingdom
Area Main Street, U.S.A.
Coordinates 28°25′08″N 81°34′49″W / 28.418925°N 81.580308°W / 28.418925; -81.580308
Status Closed
Opening date May 20, 1972
Closing date August 1983
General statistics
Vehicle type Boats
Vehicles 12
Riders per vehicle 26
Duration 17:00
Ride system Natural Gas and Water Jets
Ticket D

Swan Boats were an attraction at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World. It was in operation between May 20, 1972 till August 1983. It originally took a D ticket.

The Swan Boats opened in 1972 and quickly became a popular attraction at Magic Kingdom. The boats took guests on a ride around the hub of the Magic Kingdom and the Swiss Family Treehouse.[1]


Originally there were 12 boats when the ride opened, but this was reduced to 11 when one of the boats was converted to clean the canals. By the end of the life of the ride, there were only 5 boats operating. The reason for closing was because of the cost to keep the boats running. They constantly had issues with their natural gas engines and guidance system. Originally the guidance was done with an electronic system but was changed to use water propulsion to turn the boat. Eventually the boats were removed and sold.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Plaza Swan Boats". Widen Your World. Archived from the original on June 16, 2006. Retrieved August 16, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Swan Boats". WDWHistory.com. Retrieved August 16, 2006.