December 25, 1955 – The Mike Fink Keel Boats Open in Disneyland’s Frontierland
On December 25, 1955, the Mike Fink Keel Boats attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland area. Based on the Davy Crockett episode “Davy Crockett’s Keel Boat Race,” the two boats were named the Gullywhumper and the Bertha Mae for characters Mike Fink and Davy Crockett. The attraction originally closed in 1994, but were reopened in early 1996. The Disneyland attraction was officially closed on May 17, 1997. Versions of this attraction also opened in Walt Disney World in 1971, closing in 2001; and Disneyland Paris in 1992 (renamed the River Rogue Keelboats), which runs as a seasonal attraction.