By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
ANAHEIM — The new Columbia River Gorge has risen at the reopened Rivers of America.
USS Angeles members Lisa Sobien, Eric Fillman and I explored the new Disneyland frontier July 30 during our club’s monthly mission to the happiest place in the Alpha Quadrant.
We saw familiar and new Audio-A
nimatronics and sculptures along the river and its dramatic rock formations. American Indians greeted us from high in the hills, and we saw them gather in a village along the shore, where a boy watched a fish pop from the water.
Nearby, a beaver chewed away at one of the poles supporting the trestle for the newly re-routed Disneyland Railroad, but the trains seemed to be in no immediate danger. The trestle stood firmly. (Whew!)
Eric and I rode the Columbia sailing ship, and Lisa joined us for a trip on the Mark Twain. We heard “Stroke, stroke, stroke!” as a guide encouraged passengers to paddle on a Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoe.
After the Rivers of America trips, Eric, Lisa and I boarded a Disneyland train and saw the new visual effects added to the backgrounds of the Grand Canyon and dinosaur dioramas.
The rivers, which have been shortened a bit, and the train reopened after an 18-month closure. The Rivers of America experienced some changes as Disneyland works on its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, set to open in 2019.
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