Storybook Land Canal Boats Overview | Disneyland Attractions

Storybook Land Canal Boats

Embark on leisurely boat ride through some of your favorite fairytales on the Storybook Land Canal Boats.

Storybook Land Canal Boats in Disneyland, CA
The 12 original canal boats were named after female Disney characters (Photo: D23).

Storybook Land Canal Boats Details

Disneyland Resort Disneyland
Location in Park Fantasyland
Height Restrictions Any height
Age Interests Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, and Teens
Thrill Type Slow ride, water ride
Hours Park open to park close
Wait Times Average of 30 minutes
FastPass+ No
Accessibility Information Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV, Handheld captioning, Audio Description, Sign Language
Storybookland Canal Agragabh
These miniature locations were built on a 1:12 scale.

Attraction Overview

View of Matterhorn from Storybook Land Canals
The canal contains 465,000 gallons of water.

Become part of your favorite classic fairytales on Disneyland‘s Storybook Land Canal Boat. This attraction brings you through numerous iconic scenes from the Disney films that are known and loved by all ages. You’ll find yourself on a boat ride that’s truly like no other!

When beginning your adventure on the dock in Fantasyland, you’ll notice each ride vehicle is a boat themed to a classic Disney character. You’ll be seated on this multi-passenger boat and your adventure immediately begins. After being swallowed by Monstro The Whale from Pinocchio, you’ll see many familiar scenes. 

This attraction shows miniature models of your cherished Fantasyland friends. You’ll see everything from Agrabah to the stunning Cinderella Castle. Not only will you see these miniature models, but also gorgeous topiaries and gardens. Crazily enough, all of the scenes are hand-built by many beloved Imagineers.

Throughout your journey, you are led through your cruise by a storytelling Cast Member. They will tell you the classic story from each scene you pass by on your voyage through this magical land. You may even find yourself singing along to the music that plays from the films at each different detailed scene.

Mini castle on Storybook Land Canals
The doors and windows on the miniature buildings actually open.

In 1955, when Disneyland opened, The Storybook Land Canal Boat was an original attraction. When the attraction first opened, it was named Canal Boats of The World. One year later, they updated the attraction by adding many miniature scenes to the original man-made gardens. Initially, there were no scenes from any of the Disney Classics. Instead, it was just garden areas that even Walt himself had a part in planting!

Disney Favorites You’ll See On Storybook Land Canal Boats:

  • The Little Mermaid
  • Frozen
  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Cinderella
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • Aladdin
  • Snow White


Storybook Canal Boats location map Disneyland

Location & Wait Times

Storybook Land Canal Boats
Storybook Land Canal Boats shares a location with the Casey Junior Circus Train (Photo: Disney Parks).

The Storybook Land Canal Boat can be found behind Sleeping Beauty castle. This Fantasyland attraction is neighbors to Alice in Wonderland and It’s A Small World. This attraction’s wait time is usually less than 30 minutes long and has a speedy loading process. With each boat fitting 12 passengers, you’ll find constant movement during your wait in the queue. 

Queue Experience

The queue for The Storybook Land Canal Boat is entirely outdoors. You will be surrounded by the true magic of Fantasyland while you wait. During this wait time, you can see the animatronics from It’s A Small World appear every time the attractions clock show begins. Additionally, you will see The Casey Jr. Train famously pass by as it is placed on top of this Canal Boat attraction. 

Written by

Bobby Asen

Contributing Writer

Bobby has a strong passion for Walt Disney’s stories and the Disney Parks. From taking vacations to the parks, to being an Annual Passholder, to working as a cast member for seven years at Magic Kingdom, his passion for Disney continues to grow. After visiting every Disney Park in the world, Bobby knew he wanted to share his experiences and his love for Disney in his writing.

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