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The Tickle Trunk – A Big Box of Disney Memories

Carols_Tickle_Trunk_coverMy wife Carol has a Tickle Trunk. It’s filled with wonderful Disney memories!

Most Canadian readers will remember Mr. Dressup, Casey, Finnigan and that magical Tickle Trunk . . . but for those of you who grew up somewhere else, I will explain…

Mr_Dressup

Mr Dressup, Casey and Finnegan

Mr. Dressup was the star of a children’s television show which ran on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation network from 1967 to 1996.  His sidekicks were two hand puppets, Casey and Finnegan, a child and a dog who lived in a treehouse in Mr. Dressup’s back yard.

In most episodesMr. Dressup would pull a costume out of a big, brightly-painted steamer trunk which he called his Tickle Trunk.  The costume might be for an animal, policeman or fireman. Donning the costume (after all, he was Mr. Dressup), he would play the role suggested by the outfit.

The Tickle Trunk appeared to be charmed – it always had the right costumes, in the right sizes, neatly folded at the top.  That simple steamer trunk really was mystical and magical; it transported a few generations of Canadian children to some very imaginative places for three decades!

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood aired in Canada too, but if you ask any Canadian kid of that era they will assure you, “Mr. Dressup was waaay more fun! 

Like many Disney fans Carol saves every piece of paper from each Disney trip.  Tickets, park maps, resort check-in packages, brochures, flyers, napkins . . . you name it, she probably has it!  When she gets home all of that material finds a permanent spot in a big wooden trunk – Carol’s Tickle Trunk!

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Carol’s Tickle Trunk

Of course, Carol’s Tickle Trunk is mystical and magical too!  Whenever she opens the lid we are instantly transported to our happy place!  The best of memories come floating out!

As you might expect, the trunk has been full for years.  It takes some management!  When we get home from a trip some new treasures go in and some older treasures get culled and placed in new homes.

Disney Club News January 2003

Disney Club News January 2003

When Carol started collecting pins in earnest in 2001 she scoured the Tickle Trunk and pulled out some classic old pins. They now have a special place of honor in her pin collection.

Her collection of Disney buttons, acquired over the decades, now live in a button bucket!

The resort registration packages from each Disney trip, along with park maps, timetables, and plenty of other paper now fill a filing cabinet drawer.  Each trip is in its own folder.

Magic_Years_Magazine_Winter_1993

Magic Years Magazine Winter 1993

But there’s still plenty of treasure in that magical wooden trunk!

Carols Tickle Trunk Open

Inside the tickle trunk

A year or two ago I was writing a blog about Disney park tickets, so naturally we had to go to the Tickle Trunk to find a few old ones.  On the way to the bottom of that trunk, where those Walt Disney World tickets from 1977 live, we uncovered some buried treasure!   

What did we find?  Here’s a small sampling:

Ten Old Copies Of The “Walt Disney World News”

This four-page newsletter was produced by Disney, a fresh copy each month in the early years, and included in check-in packages at all Disney resorts.  The tabloid sized papers are full of fascinating information!

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Walt Disney World News January 1981

Walt Disney World News 1992

Walt Disney World News 1992

Magic Kingdom Club/Disney Club Membership packages

Who knew Disney had so many clubs . . . The Magic Kingdom Club, the Magic Years Club and the Disney Club. Carol has old membership cards, brochures and magazines for all of them!

Club_Membership

Club Membership

Dinner ála Disney & Breakfast ála Disney Tickets

Before there were character meals there was Dinner ála Disney! Dinner was served in the Trophy Room at the Golf Resort, now known as Shades of Green.  Breakfast ála Disney was served aboard the Empress Lily, which later transformed into Fulton’s Crab Shack and is now known as Paddlefish.  There were no character meals in the Magic Kingdom in those early years.

Dinner_a_la_Disney

Dinner a la Disney

River Country / Discovery Island Tickets

River Country was the original Disney water park, located beside Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.  Two slides dropped guests into a man-made pool. The rest of the water adventures took place in the natural waters of Bay Lake.

River_Country

River Country

River_Country_Tickets

River Country Tickets

Just across the water from River Country was Discovery Island, a tropical paradise filled with exotic birds and blossoms.

Discovery_Island_Tickets

Discovery Island Tickets

Disney Matchbook Covers

In days of yore cigarette smoking was allowed in most areas at Walt Disney World and most resorts and restaurants had matches available for guests.  Carol’s collection lives in a pretty metal box in the Tickle Trunk.

Match_Tin

All the match books!

Children’s “Wonders of Walt Disney World” Books

This program of day-long seminars was offered by to children from 10 to 15 years of age.  Son Rob went on two of the four seminars they offered in the early 90’s and Carol has the proof!

Disney Wonders Brochure

Wonders_Text_Book_Cover 

Disney Post Cards

Yes, there are postcards. Lots and lots of Disney postcards.

Disney postcards

Disney Postcards_2

But there’s something all those things have in common.  All of that stuff, all those oddities and curios which remain in that trunk; they are all filled with fond memories of happy days.  Sweet recollections from magical Disney trips!

You probably have a Tickle Trunk too! To paraphrase William Shakespeare, “A Tickle Trunk by any other name holds memories that are just as sweet.”

What’s in your Tickle Trunk?

Gary Cruise

Gary Cruise

Gary is a retired banker who lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He first visited Walt Disney World in 1977 and has returned many, many times over the years. Since retiring he and his wife Carol enjoy the parks a number of times each year. They especially like staying at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground with their Shetland sheep dogs.

The Windows On Main Street USA

When you’re standing on the curb waiting for the three o’clock parade do you ever stop to look at the windows on Main Street USA?  Did you know that each of those windows pays tribute to someone who has a significant place in Disney history . . . and each window tells a story. 

When Walt first imagined Disneyland, almost 70 years ago, he wanted Main Street to resemble the commercial hub in a turn-of-the-20th-century American town.  Harper Goff was one of the early Imagineers who played a key role in designing that magnificent park entrance at Disneyland.  It reflects Walt’s memories from his younger years in Marceline Missouri and Harper Goff’s recollections from his formative years in Fort Collins Colorado.  Walt Disney said, “For those of us who remember the carefree time it recreates, Main Street will bring back happy memories.  For younger visitors, it is an adventure in turning back the calendar to the days of their grandfather’s youth.”

Disney Windows

The storefront windows display goods on sale in the shops along Main Street, but if you look at the second story windows you will see some make-believe businesses.  Walt decided to use those windows, and those imaginary businesses, to honour the many people who helped him make his Disneyland dream a reality.

When Walt Disney World opened in Florida in 1971, the Magic Kingdom included Main Street USA and more of those special tribute windows. In fact, every Disney park around the world has a Main Street.

Let’s take a look at a few windows:

Walt referred to Ken Anderson as his “jack-of-all-trades”. He was an artist and had a background in architecture.  Those factors made him an invaluable resource for Walt as Disneyland was being designed and built.  The Ken Anderson window, above the Market House in Disneyland, also shows Walt’s tongue-in-cheek sense of humour.  Anderson was an avid fly fisherman . . . and everyone knows that fly fishermen do not need bait!

Ken Anderson window

Ken Anderson Window

The Disney family is well represented in this window above Crystal Arts in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  It honours Walt’s nephew Roy E. Disney, his wife Patty and their children Roy Patrick, Abigail, Susan and Timothy.  The entire family were avid sailors!

Roy Disney

Roy Disney and Family Represented

Look above the Emporium in Florida for Card Walker’s window. He was President, CEO and finally Chairman of Disney before retiring in 1983.   The reference to psychiatry and justice of the peace attest to Walker’s skill at keeping the many divisions in a large and ever-growing organization moving in the same direction.

Card Walker

Card Walker’s window

Charlie Ridgeway worked in Disney’s Publicity Department from 1963 until 1994.  His book, Spinning Disney’s World, details his career and gives some fascinating glimpses behind the scenes.  It should be part of every Disney fan’s library.  Look for Charlie’s window in Florida, above The Arcade.

Charlie Ridgeway

Charlie Ridgeway’s Window

There’s an interesting story behind Marty Sklar’s window at Disneyland and Marty himself tells the story in the Foreword he wrote for Chuck Snyder’s book “Windows on Main Street”.  It seems that Marty was still working, as Executive Vice President and Imagineering Ambassador, at Disney in about 2008 when they proposed a window for him at Disneyland; that created a bit of a dilemma!  You see there are very clear rules about the windows at Disneyland, and Marty Sklar was responsible for enforcing them.  The rules are: 1) Only retired employees, 2) Only the highest level of service/respect/achievement and 3) Agreement between individual park management and Walt Disney Imagineering.  The awarding of windows is a bit less rigid at other parks; Mr. Sklar already had windows at Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and The Magic Kingdom.  But when the Disneyland window was offered he was still working and he respectfully declined. His magic day came July 17, 2009; the day he retired his Disneyland window was dedicated.  You can find Marty’s window at Disneyland’s City Hall.

Marty Sklar

Marty Sklar Window

There are several books about the windows lining Disney’s Main Streets and the one pictured above, written by Chuck Snyder and published by Disney Editions, is part of my Disney library.  You can buy the book online through Amazon.com or pick up a copy in the theme parks.

Windows On Main Street Book

Windows On Main Street Book

Ub & Don Iwerks have a Magic Kingdom window, above The Bakery.  Ub was a gifted animator who was with Walt from the beginning and helped create both Mickey Mouse and the multi-plane camera used in those early days of animation. Ub’s son Don was a Disney cinematographer for over 35 years and helped perfect the Circle-Vision camera.

Jim Cora has two windows, one at Disneyland, above Disney Clothiers, and the window pictured below which is in Disneyland Tokyo.  Jim began his Disney career in 1957 as a part-time attraction host at Disneyland and by the time he retired in 2001 he had risen to Chairman at Disneyland International.

Jim Cora

Jim Cora Window

Marc and Alice Davis are the only husband and wife team to have windows.  Look above the Disneyana Shop in Disneyland.  Marc was one of Walt’s “Nine Old Men” of animation.  He joined Disney in 1935 and spent his entire career there.  His achievements are too many to review here, but you can see evidence of his talents in The Enchanted Tiki Room, It’s A Small World, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Mark and Alice Davis

Mark and Alice Davis Windows

Marc and Alice are both Disney Legends.  During the mad scramble to design and build those four famous exhibits for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, Alice worked with Mary Blair to create more than 150 costumes for “It’s A Small World“.  She continued designing costumes for audio-animatronic figures, live action movies, even animated characters until her retirement in 1974.

Owen Pope and his family were the only people to ever live in the Disneyland park.  Mr. Pope was a horseman; he bought all the horses for Disneyland, he trained them, built their saddles, he even built the wagons and coaches used in Frontierland. In 1971 Owen Pope and his wife Dolly moved to Walt Disney World where he managed the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.  Tri-Circle-D Ranch is home to all the Magic Kingdom horses!  Look above the Magic Kingdom’s car barn for this window.

Owen Pope

Owen Pope Window

Wally Boag is another Disney Legend and you’ll find his window near the Carnation Café at Disneyland.  Walt Disney sat in on Mr. Boag’s audition in June of 1955 and offered him a two-week contract to perform as Pecos Bill at Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue.  The show opened July 17, 1955 and Wally Boag performed there until he moved to Walt Disney World in 1971.  He directed and performed in a similar show at the newly built Diamond Horseshoe Revue before returning to Disneyland in 1974.  By the time he retired in 1982 Wally Boag had performed close to 40,000 shows in Disney parks!

Wally Boag

Wally Boag Window

Walt even honoured his father Elias Disney who founded his contracting business in Chicago in 1895.  You can spot Elias’ window above Uptown Jewellers in the Magic Kingdom and above the Emporium at Disneyland. 

Elias Disney

Elias Disney Window

The final window to look for is Walt’s.  He has two at the Magic Kingdom but the one he’d be proudest of is above the Train Station.

Walt Disney Window

Walt’s Window

Those are just a few of the hundreds of windows; this blog has barely scratched the surface.  If you want to read more about the amazing people hidden behind those windows on Main Street I recommend that you buy one of the handful of books on the subject!

I wonder if Disney would ever accept nominations for new windows?  If they did, I know who I would nominate . . . Oscar Martinez! 

Oscar began his Disney career on Dec. 29, 1956 and in 2011 he was honoured as the one-and-onlyemployee to record 55 years of continuous service in any Disney company. During those 55 years at Disneyland he trained thousands of cast members and became a favourite of many guests, including Carol and I.  We always made sure we stopped to visit with Oscar every time we went to Disneyland.

Oscar Martinez and Gary Cruise

We always made a point to visit Oscar

To commemorate Oscar’s 2011 milestone of 55 years service The Walt Disney Company created a special Snow White-themed service award. It’s unlikely that anyone else will ever achieve this milestone, so Oscar’s award is destined to remain one-of-a-kind!

Oscar Martinez Retires

Special Award For Oscar

Oscar retired September 27, 2017 with almost 61 years of service and he still drops into the Carnation Café from time to time . . . it seems he just can’t stop being an ambassador for Disney!

Oscar Martinez Disney Window

Thank YOU Oscar!

What do you think?  Doesn’t Oscar Martinez deserve a window?

I’ll end this blog by suggesting a new game you can play at any of the Disney parks!   

In an article written for the Summer 2005 issue of Disney Magazine Diane Disney Miller quoted her father Walt, “…if people were waiting in line, then you had to create more entertainment to keep them happy.”  That explains the wonderful interactive queues we all experience in the theme parks, and it also suggests a second reason for those Main Street windows.  They can help keep you entertained while you wait! 

So . . . the next time you’re waiting along Main Street for the three o’clock parade take a minute to look around at those windows.  Some of the names you may recognize immediately. But – when you see a name that isn’t familiar, pull out your smart phone and search the name on the internet.  Involve your family; make it a game to see how many of the people honoured in those windows you can identify!

 

 

Gary Cruise

Gary Cruise

Gary is a retired banker who lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He first visited Walt Disney World in 1977 and has returned many, many times over the years. Since retiring he and his wife Carol enjoy the parks a number of times each year. They especially like staying at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground with their Shetland sheep dogs.

Disney Camping – Paradise Found

Fort Wilderness Meadow Trading Post

Are you looking for a change of pace in your Disney vacation?  Do you find that you’re spending less time running from one thrill ride to the next . . . and spending more and more time just enjoying the magical atmosphere at Walt Disney World?

Maybe it’s time for you to consider a trip to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground!  My wife Carol and I have stayed in almost all of the Disney resorts and Fort Wilderness is clearly our favourite!

Fort Wilderness Outpost Entrance Sign

Welcome to Fort Wilderness!

What makes it our favourite?  Why is a stay at Fort Wilderness so different from all those other resorts?

When I try to explain it to people, I begin by saying, “It’s like stepping back in time. Back to an era when people stopped to say hello to their neighbours.  Back to a time when things weren’t always so rushed and hectic.”

When we stay at one of the Disney hotels our attention is always focused on the theme parks, no matter how nice the resort is we’re always in a rush to get away from it.  When we’re at the campground it’s much different . . . we enjoy just being there!

Every morning at Fort Wilderness you will wake up to the gentle sound of boat whistles in the distance.  As you sit in a lawn chair outside your camper and sip your first coffee of the day don’t be surprised when a flock of wild turkeys wanders past.  Squirrels and cardinals scamper and flit in the nearby trees and bushes and other campers, many of them out for a walk with their dogs, often stop to say good morning. Sometimes you will hear the clip-clop of hooves as a horse-drawn carriage or a hay-wagon ride passes your camp site.  Although it’s located right in the heart of all that Disney magic and excitement, ‘The Fort’ is a serene place; a place to relax and unwind.  There seems to be a real sense of community among the campers at Fort Wilderness.

Imagine seeing this beautiful heron when you’re out walking your dogs in the morning.  How cool is that?

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Heron

The campground is huge; it covers about 750 acres of pine and cypress forest.  To put that in perspective, Fort Wilderness is about seven times the size of the Magic Kingdom.  There are approximately 799 campsites plus 409 wilderness cabins arranged in 21 campsite loops and 8 cabin loops.  Up to 10 people can stay at each campsite and up to 6 in each cabin.

For Carol and I the magic begins as we enter Fort Wilderness and pull up to the security gate.  The cast member manning the rustic-looking gate-house gives us a warm greeting and a “Welcome home!”  This is where we begin to feel the serenity!  I am sure that many years ago, when Walt and the Imagineers were designing the Magic Kingdom, Walt said, “Build me a campground that duplicates a fort from the days of the pioneers on the western frontier.” And that’s exactly what they built.  Carol and I are quickly transported to another world, in another time, and that’s where we make our vacation home.

From the security gate it’s take a short drive to ‘The Outpost’, a log and timber drive-through registration area that replicates the main gate of that old western fort.  The theming is consistent throughout the resort, winding tree-lined roads, wooden-rail fences, wood footbridges; even the shelters at the bus stops are rustic log structures.

Disneys Fort Wilderness Resort Outpost Drive thru Check in

Once campers have registered and been assigned their campsite it’s time to get set-up.  It doesn’t take long for each family to transform a campsite into their unique home.  Almost all of the 799 sites have a level concrete pad, water, sewer, cable-TV and electric connections with a clean, modern “comfort station” nearby.  The comfort stations contain restrooms, showers, a laundry, an ice vending machine, soda machine, house phone and a posted list of daily activities.

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground site 712

When we arrived in our RV the first chore was the utility connections, then we began to unload our barbecue, lawn chairs, doo-dads and decorations . . . “Aaaah – now we’re home!” The last thing to set up was our Mickey Mouse lamppost.  Every avid Disney camper just has to have one of these!

Mickey Mouse Lamp

Who doesn’t want a Mickey Mouse lamp?

What is there to do at ‘The Fort’?  The short answer is “Plenty”.  There are three main roads through the campground and two large areas for shopping and recreation.  You enter the campground by passing through the area called ‘The Outpost’ and follow Fort Wilderness Trail toward ‘The Settlement.’  Along the way, in the middle of the campground, you pass ‘The Meadow.’

Fort Wilderness Meadow Trading Post

At ‘The Meadow’ you will find a trading post, the bike rental barn, swimming pool, water slide, kiddie splash zone, hot tub, tennis courts and Chip & Dale’s Theatre where the free nightly campfire and sing-along is followed by a marshmallow roast and a movie under the stars.

Meadow Water Slide Fort Wilderness

Meadow Water Slide

It’s about one mile from ‘The Outpost’, where you enter the campground, to ‘The Settlement’.  At The Settlement you will find another trading post.  Each of the trading posts carries a variety of basic groceries, camping supplies and, of course, Disney souvenirs.  The Trail’s End Buffet offers both dine-in and take-out options and Pioneer Hall is the home of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

Settlement Pioneer Hall

In front of Pioneer Hall you can take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or hay-wagon.  Crockett’s Tavern serves frosty beverages which you can enjoy in the comfort of a rocking chair on the veranda!  The Tri-Circle-D Ranch is just a few steps away.  This is where all the horses that work in the Magic Kingdom are stabled.  The ranch will be moving to a new location at Fort Wilderness in the autumn of 2019 as construction of the new Reflections Resort progresses next door.

Fort Wilderness Settlement Horse and Carriage

Just a few steps beyond Pioneer Hall you find the beach and marina on Bay Lake.  At the marina you can rent a SeaRaycer or a pontoon boat or charter a fishing boat for some ‘catch and release’ fun.  At the dock you can take advantage of free transportation; board a cruiser or a launch and enjoy a scenic ride to the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort or the Wilderness Lodge Resort.  The boats run every 20 minutes.

Fort Wilderness Settlement Dock

Settlement Dock Fort Wilderness

At the Outpost you will find the main office where you can rent a golf cart or visit the Guest Services desk to make dining reservations.  A few steps away is the Trail Blaze Corral where you can pick out your horse and take a trail ride.  The main bus stop is also located near The Outpost; people arriving from the theme parks or Disney Springs transfer from the “park bus” to a “campground bus” to return to their campsites.  There are three different bus routes within the campground with bus service every 20 minutes and convenient bus stops close to all of the camping and cabin loops.

Those Wilderness Cabins I mentioned earlier, well, they’re not really all that wild!  They look like a rustic log cabin on the outside but inside they have all the amenities of regular resort guest rooms plus a fully equipped kitchen.  They each sleep up to six people in complete comfort.

The campground has a number of rivers, streams and canals running through it and you will often see people fishing along the shore.  Just remember, it’s ‘catch and release’ only and there is no fishing from docks or bridges.

With so much to do at the campground and with the theme parks and water parks so close by, you are probably wondering, “How do they ever relax?” Well, we do!  Believe it or not, there are days where we don’t visit a theme park, we simply stay and enjoy the campground.  Our neighbours are all certified Disney nuts just like us, so there’s always someone to chat with.  We take our bicycles along with us and often take a leisurely ride around the grounds.  We like to explore and there are some very interesting spots to see if you go looking for them.  There are plenty of walking trails and lots of designated “dog walk” areas, many of them along the rivers and canals.  

Fort Wilderness Dog Walking

Our Shelties enjoy the dog walk trails where they often see deer, rabbits, turkeys, armadillos and, of course, squirrels, which are their favourites.  Near the entrance to the 300 loop is a children’s playground and beside it is Waggin’ Tails, the off-leash dog park where pets can run free.  Our shelties always look forward to their golf cart ride – they know that it takes them to the off-leash park for some exercise!

Dogs in Golf Card

On a typical day in paradise we begin with a light breakfast in the camper before we head off to one of the parks.  Sometimes we have lunch at the park before we head back to The Fort, or sometimes we eat at our campsite, but we always head back to be with the dogs for the afternoon.  We walk the shelties, ride our bikes, go to the pool or take a nap – whatever we feel like at the time.  We often head back to a park for the evening and take in the different atmosphere the parks seem to take on at night.  When we have the dogs with us, it forces us to head “back home” in the afternoon and we have come to relish the slower pace that comes with this pattern.

I haven’t mentioned the decor at The Fort.  Sometimes it is simply amazing!  I’m not talking here about Disney decor; I’m referring to what we, the campers, do.  Many of the campers take great delight in decorating their campsites for the season. Our first trip to The Fort was in December and the Christmas decorations absolutely astounded us.  The subtropical forest is transformed into a Christmas panorama.  Lights are strung everywhere, inflatable displays twirl, trees are hung with stars, lights and of course Hidden Mickeys.

Christmas Fort Wilderness

Christmas at Fort Wilderness

Our Campsite!

Some campsites are even covered with snow — it is truly spectacular!  But it’s not only at Christmas; they also decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, almost any excuse will do.  We enjoy going in the spring for the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival and Carol decorates our campsite with flowers — lots and lots of flowers!

I suspect that the decorations have caused the activity frequent campers at The Fort refer to as ‘looping.’  This simply means walking, riding your bikes or driving your golf cart around the camping loops to admire the decorations.  The other campers are almost always ready to chat about their displays and before you know it, they will probably be going past your campsite on one of their looping treks.  ‘Looping’ is one of the activities that really adds to the sense of community at The Fort.

There are also some ‘extra special’ things to do at The Fort that you will probably not read about in any of the guidebooks. For example, just before the Magic Kingdom fireworks are scheduled go to the take-out window at Crockett’s Tavern and pick up your favourite adult beverage.  Take it with you to the beach beside the marina and find a comfy spot to sit. You will have a great view of the Happily Ever After fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom; the soundtrack is piped in.  Then be sure to be back in the same spot at 9:45 for another treat; the Electrical Water Pageant passes in front of you.  Disney magic at its finest.

Stop at the Bike Barn, near the pool, and ask about archery lessons or a Segway tour!

And my last suggestion, stop at the Outpost and enjoy the gardens surrounding the main office beside the entry gate.  This garden was designed to attract butterflies and you will see them flitting and fluttering everywhere.  If you’re lucky you might see a Disney horticultural specialist tending the gardens.  They’ll often take time to show you around and point out some Monarch butterfly caterpillars and a chrysalis or two.  They can even tell you how to attract butterflies to your gardens at home!

Fort Wilderness Butterfly Garden

Outpost Butterfly Garden

Carol and I sold our motor home about two years ago and it wasn’t very long before we were missing Fort Wilderness.  The solution was simple, we contacted one of several companies that rent fully equipped travel trailers and deliver them to “The Fort”.  Before long we had the dogs loaded in our SUV and were on our way.  Everything we needed was there waiting for us!  We just moved in, the same as we would in a hotel room. As quickly as you can say ‘Disney magic’ we were sitting in lawn chairs on our patio enjoying the ambiance!

That first rental experience worked out so well for us that we did it again.  As I sit writing this we have only been home about a week after a 22 night stay in a rented travel trailer at “The Fort” and we’re booked for another 22 nights in early 2020.  Fort Wilderness really is our favourite Disney resort!

So, if you haven’t been to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground & Resort, head on over for a visit.  Walk around the campground, do some ‘looping!’  Sit for a few minutes in a rocking chair on the veranda at Crockett’s Tavern and quietly absorb the serenity.  Carol and I think it’s the best resort on earth and you might enjoy it too!

Gary Cruise

Gary Cruise

Gary is a retired banker who lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He first visited Walt Disney World in 1977 and has returned many, many times over the years. Since retiring he and his wife Carol enjoy the parks a number of times each year. They especially like staying at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground with their Shetland sheep dogs.

 

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