So That's Where the Rum Went

In January, Disneyland, in Anaheim, California began draining the Rivers of America, a large circular river that is home to The Columbia (left), the Mark Twain paddle steamer, and the canoes and keel boats that take passengers across to Tom Sawyer's Island. It hasn't been drained, cleaned, and overhauled for seven years, so you can imagine the fun the workers are having finding things that people have lost in the water. Seven years ago, the strangest things they found were a toaster and a bottle of rum...

This year, among the things they found were half of a canoe from Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoe ride, plastic swords, Mardi Gras beads, hundreds of cell phones and walkie talkies, hundreds of baby pacifiers, Mickey "mouse ear" hats, sunglasses, and a PC processor tower. These are all pretty predictable, except the half a canoe (didn't someone notice that half of one was missing? Hope there were no people on board when it went down) and the computer. That had to be an inside job, some disgruntled park employee, I suspect. But how did he or she do it?

So far, they've never found a body, but they did find koi from the moat around Sleeping Beauty's castle. The going explanation is that the ducks get the roe stuck to their cute little webbed feet, then fly to the rivers, where the eggs hatch.

Reading the comments on the original story (link below), I've learned that there are a lot of things found in the river that aren't released to the public. Alligators, watches, jewelry, etc. And in 2003 they found a bowling ball. WTF!?

The treasure from 2003 was much more fun. Damn! I'd sneak a bottle of rum into the park just to chuck it in for someone to find later. Makes me wonder, though, how much all the coins they found added up to. I should think it was quite a haul.
Source (There be pictures, matey!)


  1. The part of this story that I find interesting is the Koi in the pond. Nature is pretty amazing.

  2. A bowling ball.

    A bowling ball.....

  3. Thats my "Laughing Place"!
    Almost anything is possible at "The Park".
    (God I miss it)

  4. I wonder if it was good rum...

  5. One of the comments was "Who's Jimmy Hoffa?" :sigh: Hand me down my walkin' cane.


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