PHOTOS: General Joe Potter Ferryboat Returns to Service With New Color Scheme at Magic Kingdom

Katie Francis

PHOTOS: General Joe Potter Ferryboat Returns to Service With New Color Scheme at Magic Kingdom

The General Joe Potter Ferryboat, which services the Magic Kingdom and Transportation & Ticket Center, has returned from refurbishment with a new color scheme.

The boat, which is also used for Ferrytale Fireworks Cruises, has been dry-docked since March. The cruises were put on hold during that time. They are scheduled to resume for the first time since Disney Enchantment was retired. Prices have been significantly raised since the closure.

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The Ferryboat is now green, rather than the previous navy blue.

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The General Joe Potter is named after William E. “Joe” Potter, who Walt Disney hired to oversee construction of Walt Disney World. A retired Army veteran, Potter was the executive vice president of the 1964-65 World’s Fair, where he met Disney.

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The ship was renamed in his honor after his passing in 1988. It was previously named “Kingdom Queen.” Potter was also inducted as a Disney Legend in 1997. He also has a window on Main Street, U.S.A.

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The three Ferryboats previously had distinct color schemes. The Richard F. Irvine is red, the Admiral Joe Fowler is green, and the General Joe Potter was blue. A Cast Member told us that the Admiral Joe Fowler will be repainted blue soon, swapping the two ships’ colors.

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Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise

Here is how Walt Disney World describes Ferrytale Fireworks:

Climb aboard one of Disney’s most iconic ferryboats for an unforgettable evening on the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Start by checking in at the Transportation and Ticket Center, where you’ll be greeted with a refreshing beverage before setting sail. Then let the ferryboat’s crew regale you with an entertaining backstory of the vessel’s magic.

Once you cast off, the celebration continues with a stellar selection of international cheeses and delightful desserts crafted by our pastry team. Plus, you can choose from a selection of specialty drinks themed to the sparkling shooting stars of the fireworks. Alcoholic options are available for Guests 21 years of age or older. For the kiddos, there’s also an ultraviolet scavenger hunt. So whether you’re sipping one of our signature drinks, nibbling on a tasty sweet or discovering blacklight clues, you’re a part of the magnetic magic that makes this cruise so special and unique.

And when it comes time for the grand finale fireworks to light up the sky over Cinderella Castle, be sure to grab a spot along the ferryboat’s railing and slip on your “Mickey Vision” glasses—they’ll transform your viewing experience in the most delightful way.

The cruises are available on select Wednesday and Saturday nights.

The cruises returned to Walt Disney World in September 2021, as the resort continued to return to normal operations after the COVID-19 pandemic closures. It returned in time for the “last” performances of Happily Ever After before Disney Enchantment debuted for the 50th anniversary.

Now, when the cruises resume on July 12, guests will be able to enjoy Happily Ever After for the first time since its return in April 2023.

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  • Katie Francis

    Katie is a lover of all theme parks and an avid reader. Her favorite rides are Spaceship Earth and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. You can find her daydreaming of the Florida sun, and you can reach her at katie@wdwnt.com.