Explore Disney waters as you canoe around Pirate's lair on Tom Sawyer's Island. This is not a passive ride, you will actually be paddling a real canoe!
What appears to be a nice, relaxing canoe ride through the lake is actually hard work! I am not the strongest girl, and this wore me out. Someone in our boat foolishly stood up and actually almost tipped the canoe over. If you are the type who canoes or kayaks a lot, this would probably be a lot of fun for you. But for a family that doesn't do too much outdoorsy sorts of activities, this will probably be too hard for you!
I have been to Disneyland more times than I can remember since I was a kid to a annual passholder and I had never ridden/rowed on the Davy Crockett Canoes before. It's always a blast trying new adventures at Disneyland and this attraction was fun. It's true that this ride is completely human-powered and I really don't think that they are attached to a track that keeps them on a certain path on the river.
Each person is given a paddle and told to keep on rowing. My arms were tired half way through, and I couldn't switch sides, but it was ok to take a bit of a break. We cruised along the Rivers of America on the same path that both the Sailing Ship Columbia and the Mark Twain Riverboat travel. We saw the Indian village and all the animals and secret elements of the back parts of the river, only seen from these vessels.
The downside was that I got splashed quite a few times from my nephew in front of me. Nothing terrible, but the potential to get wet, either on accident or a rule-breaking-on-purpose splash was there. We laughed and had fun and all the kids enjoyed it. Our guide only spoke to us a couple of times to give us instructions and there wasn't much information and no funny narration like on the Jungle Cruise. After seeing the canoe guides drenched in sweat, I figured that their main job was paddling the canoe and steering it to keep us crazy Disneyland guests on track.