There were a few repairs made to animatronic animals while the attraction was down, but the main reason for the closure was to build a brand new dock.
The new dock has rollers and stabilizers on both sides of the boat, making it much easier to keep the boats from rocking while guests safely board. The new design works so well that the skippers don’t even need to tie the boat to the dock anymore.
The classic attraction itself remains virtually unchanged.
Source/Photo: Orange County Register
Tom is the host and producer of the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast, plus Disneyland Editor of The DIS. He enjoys traveling with his wife and teenage son. At this point, their favorite destination is Alaska, with a FIFTH cruise there planned for the Summer of 2019. In his spare time he volunteers with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and help found his son's former Cub Scout Pack. His favorite Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain.