Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat!

Welcome back to another edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia here on My Dreams of Disney!  In conjunction with my co-hosts Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, we are bringing you more trivia from the world of Disney!  This week’s trivia comes from the terrific trivia book by Lou Mongello titled Walt Disney World Trivia Book, Volume II.  So, as Lou always says, “Sit back, relax, and enjoy!”

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Did You know:  That the Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat was the first riverboat to navigate the Rivers of America at Walt Disney World?  It’s first trip was on October 2, 1971 — just one day after the Magic Kingdom opened it’s doors for the first time!  The boat was named after a retired U.S. Navy Admiral who was responsible for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Construction!

The Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat would navigate the waters until 1980, when an unfortunate accident during maintenance forced the boat to have to be retired from service.

The boat that I most often see around the Rivers of America is now the Liberty Belle, as seen in the photo above.

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  1. JenniferLissak says

    Did you know one of the TTC ferries is now named the Joe Fowler? We took a pic of it b/c it’s also the name of a family friend :)

    • says

      Thanks Jenn! I did know that, but I didn’t mention it, so thanks for sharing! To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the ferry — too many flying insects for my liking!

  2. TOSHeidi says

    Very interesting! You know, it’s been years since we’ve taken the riverboat ride. I keep saying “we’ll definitely do it next time!”

  3. says

    I love how Disney pays tribute to those who play a role in the creation of Disney Parks. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to take an adventure on the Admiral J. Fowler Riverboat, but he Liberty Belle is one of my favorite attractions, though it has been closed my last two trips. Fingers crossed for next year’s trip.

    • says

      So do I Beth! It’s one of the biggest reasons why we love Disney as much as we do. I don’t know if I rode the Admiral’s boat when we went in 1979 or not, but I know I’ve enjoyed riding the Liberty Belle in the past. We need to recapture that magic for a leisurely cruise! I’ll bet there are some great photo locations!

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