PHOTOS - Water returns to the Rivers of America as refurbishment nears completion

Jan 22, 2021 in "Liberty Square Riverboat"

Rivers of America refurbishment - January 22 2021
Posted: Friday January 22, 2021 11:22am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Work on the Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island appears to be nearing completion as water returns to the river.

During the work the track was replaced, electrical updates were carried out, and buildings were repainted.

Harper's Mill has been restored, although the signage is not yet in place.

New rockwork was added at the base of the building,

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DCBakerMar 31, 2021

SquishyFeb 10, 2021

Rafts got taken backstage apparently.

solidyneFeb 08, 2021

I feared that. Happily surprised.

EricsBiscuitFeb 08, 2021

I saw that! They fixed it by mid-late afternoon though.

CreathirFeb 08, 2021

Our chance to ride her today was foiled by a malfunctioning whistle. Next trip... next trip...

TrainsOfDisneyFeb 08, 2021

Good to see steam power is back in the magic kingdom! Now about those trains.... haha

EricsBiscuitFeb 08, 2021

So Terry the Turbine got a nice refurb. Much quieter. All the machinery in general was rejuvenated. The animation in the scenes will improve over the coming months as it opened earlier than expected. Certain parts of the deck were supposed to be waterproofed but were not. Turbine (left), reduction gear (center), generator (right).

TrainsOfDisneyFeb 08, 2021

I never claimed it but I suspected it. I’m glad to see it has reopened.

ToTBellHopFeb 08, 2021

Remember when someone claimed due to COVID-19 that TSI would never reopen and, instead, it got a nice refurbishment and reopened? Good times.

TrainsOfDisneyFeb 07, 2021

Chickens haven’t escaped have they!?

EricsBiscuitFeb 07, 2021

North Island has reopened! Blacksmiths are both working! So are the horses. Sound effects at each scene are working too, including our snoring friend.

Bullseye1967Feb 07, 2021

We were on the same boat as you. Small world :)

disneygeek90Feb 07, 2021

Rode on the last sailing Friday night, was so good to see the riverboat back. I've grown quite fond of it over recent years.

mikeymouseFeb 06, 2021

I'm so glad to be wrong as well!!