Disney Workers Fight for Glory in Longstanding Canoe Race [Magic Races]

Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Davy Crockett Explorer CanoesDid you know that every year at the Magic Kingdom, there is a massive all-staff canoe race? It’s part of an annual competition that has been going on at Walk Disney World since 1973 with roots going back to 1963 at the original theme park, Disneyland.

The event is called Canoe Races of the World (or C.R.O.W) in which staff race purely for bragging rights:

The teams, usually representing their work units, circle around the one-mile course, which begins on the Rivers of America near Country Bears Jamboree and passes by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, scenery from the park's railroad and Tom Sawyer Island and Haunted Mansion before heading to the finish line.

Crews of eight to 10 people compete in C.R.O.W., which is designed for team-building and muscle-building. The route, which takes about five minutes to complete, is not without challenges.

"There's a hairpin turn where you literally do a U-turn, and if you don't have enough momentum going into it, it's tough getting around it," Mahon said of the bend near the tepees that can seen from the Walt Disney Railroad.

The boats, used by guests until 1994 as part of the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes attraction, weigh between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds, Dobson said.

"I don't think it's possible to tip these canoes," said organizer Paige McClamon. "It requires a crane to lift them in and out of the water."

More info: orlandosentinel.com
Great Flickr Collection: Canoe Races of the World

Image Credit: wikipedia.org

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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