Thursday, February 20, 2014
Fifties Fort Wilderness Fun
Hard to believe, but this fairly barren plot of land is Tom Sawyer's Island. The trees are still young, and the island itself is pretty much undeveloped in this November 1958 shot. Where else but Disneyland could you find themed trash cans?!?
The handmade sign to the right points to the Pirate's Den and the Merry-Go-Round-Rock, which became a casualty to a more "safety" minded park.
With this June 1959 image, it's possible to go right up to the gates and walk inside.
Today, the Fort's restyled Lincoln-log exterior remains closed:
Back to July 1959: what a hive of activity! Fort Wilderness is swarming with kids who are having the time of their lives.
Today, guests are not allowed inside the Fort; they can only access restrooms on the exterior.
I am sure that makes sense to somebody...just not to me.
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