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    Tales of the Sailing Ship Columbia

    Tales of the Sailing Ship Columbia by Jim Korkis

    Jim shares stories of the Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland and its legacy at Walt Disney World

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    In 1991, it was put to use as Captain Hook's pirate ship for the Fantasmic! night time show and then later fitted as Jack Sparrow's Black Pearl for a stunt sequence in that same show.
    That (along with the use of the Mark Twain of course) is one of my top reasons I am more of a fan of the DL version of Fantasmic! than the DHS version. Even with the lack of formal seating, the integration of these massive regular attractions into the show around the RoA makes it much more impressive to me than the stage and stadium at DHS.

    The sailing ship was also meant to be included at Walt Disney World but when the budget for the vacation kingdom soared, several things were eliminated. The ship is still the reason for the name of Liberty Square's restaurant. The Columbia Harbour House is themed as a New England tavern of the Colonial time period. ......
    That's interesting. I did not know the original intent to include a Columbia at WDW. And somehow the connection of the name for the CHH restaurant just never "clicked" with me to realize it was named for that ship.

    And now I need to look at the different signage on the Fantasyland side vs the Liberty Square side the next time I visit.



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