Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Fort Wilderness Unplugged!
In February 2007, I took my last shots of the original Fort Wilderness structure on Tom Sawyer's Island at Disneyland. It was announced that the termite-infested fort would be torn down and not replaced.
Sadly, I took my camera to TSI and did my best to document the exterior and the little bit of interior that I could view through the wooden beams. The Fort had been closed off to guests for years and only used by cast members.
Miraculously, the Fort received an 11th hour reprieve; instead of being torn down, it was replaced by a not-so-miraculous structure. Looking as if it had been done on the cheap, the "new" Fort Wilderness is still closed off to guests, and mainly serves as an eye-sore for those who remember what it used to be. Recently, I acquired a treasure trove of photos from Summer 2002, back when the Fort was still vibrant and able to be explored by young and old alike. My favorite shot is this rare interior view:
There were signs to be read, stairs to be climbed, and rooms to be explored.
Here's a glimpse of a long-gone Keelboat, visible from one of the towers of the Fort. Just another victim of progress, legal-eagles, and cost-cutting measures.
Fortunately, the cemetery out back still remains.
I still hold out hope that one day Fort Wilderness will be restored to its former explorable glory.
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