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gillenkl
07-21-2009, 08:16 PM
I found some of my family pics from May 1972 - I was 5 years old:

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-123S.jpg

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-121S.jpg

now I know what's wrong with me - swimming in the lagoon when I was a kid
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-122S.jpg

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-126S.jpg

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-124S.jpg

Disney Transportation
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-120S.jpg

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-125S.jpg

I miss this one:
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-117S.jpg

Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade - I miss this version
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-118S.jpg

The skyride:
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-119S.jpg

FlaFortCampster
07-21-2009, 08:37 PM
Wow, those Disney buses look ancient. I really miss the Skyway. It always seemed to have a cool breeze blowing thru the cars, even during the hot, summer months. And what a view.
Thanks for sharing.

liv luvs disney
07-21-2009, 08:38 PM
Great pictures and I'm sure great memories as well.:goodvibes Thanks for sharing!

PrincessNP
07-21-2009, 08:44 PM
Absolutely awesome pictures. I remember the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea so well! One of my favorites!

Does anyone know why they did away with the sky buckets?

Not as old - but I also miss Mr Toad's Wild Ride at the MK! Way fun and WILD!!

ob1quixote
07-21-2009, 08:50 PM
My RV was old when those buses were new!

I got to do the 20,000 Leagues at WDL as a kid, one of the ride to cool off in back then.

Minnie&Mickey
07-21-2009, 08:51 PM
Great pictures!

Donna
07-21-2009, 09:07 PM
Absolutely awesome pictures. I remember the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea so well! One of my favorites!

Does anyone know why they did away with the sky buckets?

Not as old - but I also miss Mr Toad's Wild Ride at the MK! Way fun and WILD!!


yes, a few years back, a CM maintenance man was killed on them. He was working on the fantasyland end, near the chalet and someone on the tomorrowland end did not know and started it up. He got carried over fantasyland hanging on to a bucket and fell off right near dumbo, he apparantly hit his head on impact. They never reopened.

PrincessNP
07-21-2009, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the story Donna! What a terrible ending! I had no idea there was such a tragic event behind it.

OK GRUMPY
07-21-2009, 09:30 PM
Those are awesome!:cool1:

I'mDownWithDisney
07-21-2009, 09:46 PM
Is that a water sprite up in the canal system?

The lack of mature trees is very noticeable in the old park pics. Looks very new.

Shan-man
07-21-2009, 10:00 PM
Hope you don't mind, I took the liberty of cleaning up some of those images:

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/FW1.jpg

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/FW2.jpg

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/FW3.jpg

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/FW4.jpg

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/FW5.jpg

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/FW6.jpg

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/FW7.jpg

:santa:

PrincessMom4
07-21-2009, 10:02 PM
I remember the skyway buckets and sailing "magically" over the kindgom.

SCCamper
07-21-2009, 10:43 PM
Haven't quite figured out how to post photos yet.

I'mDownWithDisney
07-21-2009, 11:00 PM
Haven't quite figured out how to post photos yet.

Upload them to a website like photobucket.com and copy the [img] link into the post here.

Tri-circle-D
07-22-2009, 08:12 AM
Thanks so much for posting these photos, gillenkl! They are great! I love to look at old Ft. Wilderness photos (and new ones too).

Does anyone know the location where the first photo was taken? Since it says Tri-Circle-D Ranch, I am assuming that this was not at the Fort entrance. If I recall my Fort history correctly, the Tri-Circle-D Ranch originally occupied the space where River Country was eventually constructed (River Country did not open until 1976). It is my understanding that the ranch was then divided, and part of it moved to the present location in the Settlement area, and the other part moved up front to the location in the Outpost area.

The men playing instruments appear to be standing on the side porch of the Settlement Trading Post. I wonder if this was a regular occurrence back in the day, or whether this was some type of special event?

I have never seen a photo of a tram like the one you posted! As I understand it, the Ft. Wilderness Rail Road opened some time after the Fort was officially opened. This tram must have been what was used for transportation before that. It looks so out of date now, but I'll bet it was considered state of the art, or even futuristic, in 1972.

As someone already noted, the little boat appears to be in the small lake adjacent to the playground near the 300 loop. There is still an old sign at the Fort that identifies this playground as the Ft. Apache playground. As I understand it, the Bike Barn used to be located in this area. It looks like boat rentals must have been handled here too.

These photos are priceless!

Thanks again.

TCD

gillenkl
07-22-2009, 08:37 AM
I have a few more to post if no one minds (Shanman if you want to clean them up you can I have limited tech here)

Jungle cruise
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-127S.jpg

Fort campsite
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-128S.jpg

Does anyone know where these were taken? I first thought Exposition Hall but I don't know because it almost looks like a dinner show.
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-130S.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-129S.jpg

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-131S.jpg

I have a few from 1976 that I will post later on a seperate thread.

PrincessMom4
07-22-2009, 08:56 AM
wow...things really have changed. Nice pictures.

becky1960
07-22-2009, 09:30 AM
That one Pic was of Mike Finks Keel Boats, they dropped these. The other one looks like Diamond Horseshoe Revue at MK..

Wrekless
07-22-2009, 10:13 AM
Was that airstream your family's or one of the ones Disney used to rent out in the fort?

gillenkl
07-22-2009, 10:23 AM
Was that airstream your family's or one of the ones Disney used to rent out in the fort?


it was my parents

Donna
07-22-2009, 10:42 AM
check out that sign behind the banjo guys. I thought it looked pretty familiar. I took this pic in the internet cafe a few weeks ago:

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81/iluvwdw46/100_2242.jpg

Tri-circle-D
07-22-2009, 11:09 AM
check out that sign behind the banjo guys. I thought it looked pretty familiar. I took this pic in the internet cafe a few weeks ago:

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81/iluvwdw46/100_2242.jpg

That's a great catch, Donna.

There was also one of those signs posted at the Meadow Trading Post. I believe it is still there. I know for sure it was there in 2006, because it was used as one of the questions on this scavenger hunt that was conducted to honor the Fort's 35th anniversary:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/FEB/scavhunt.jpg

I remember the sign well, because we all got a chuckle out of the fact that these pills could treat both constipation and diarrhea. That kind of humor is big with the TCD gang.

TCD

rapriebe
07-22-2009, 11:30 AM
Wow, what great photos. I love looking at old Disney photos. Keep 'em coming.:thumbsup2

Donna
07-22-2009, 11:31 AM
was it this one?

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81/iluvwdw46/100_2243.jpg

Tri-circle-D
07-22-2009, 11:37 AM
was it this one?

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81/iluvwdw46/100_2243.jpg


No, I meant that there was a sign for Herrick's Vegetable Pills, just like the one you posted.

TCD

Tri-circle-D
07-22-2009, 11:52 AM
I love this photo!:

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk237/gillenkl/MVC-128S.jpg

I have seen a few other photos from this time-frame. It is remarkable to me how unwooded and sparse the Fort looks in some of the very old photos.

Some of us have complained recently about the amount of brush clearing and tree thinning that has been done at the Fort recently, but it looks like the Fort was more barren when it first opened.

And, how about that Airstream? Wow! That photo is from 37 years ago, right? The Airstream is the only thing in any of your photos that hasn't changed.

TCD

Donna
07-22-2009, 11:52 AM
oh ok, the same identical one. must have been a popular remedy! lol ;)

Kagoguen
07-22-2009, 01:24 PM
:) I was there in '74, I was 9yrs old, my favorite ride was 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. I was so upset when I had heard that ride had closed. I would love it if they would bring that ride back...I know that will not happen..but I can always hope :rolleyes1

opieandy1
07-22-2009, 02:04 PM
:) I was there in '74, I was 9yrs old, my favorite ride was 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. I was so upset when I had heard that ride had closed. I would love it if they would bring that ride back...I know that will not happen..but I can always hope :rolleyes1

I agree- I loved this ride. I remember how disappointed I was when I got older and found out that we didn't actually go deep underwater. I miss this ride and Mr. Toad's wild ride.

RocklandRVers
07-22-2009, 02:20 PM
I was fortunate to have ridden in the old submarine at Disneyland when I was about 7 years old and again with DW when I was 28 during my first trip to Disney World. I also did the skyrides in both places too.

I will never forget not being tall enough for the go karts. I wanted to drive one of those in the worst way! It was one of the first things I did when I finally got to Disney World. DW thought I was nuts but joined me for a race.

Tri-circle-D
07-22-2009, 02:25 PM
I was also a fan of the 20,000 Leagues subs. My oldest DD got to ride that attraction, and the Sky Ride, too, before they were both closed and removed.

For any of you 20,000 League fans out there, check out this website: www.20Kride.com It has lots of photos and information about the attraction and its demise. That site mentions, and I can confirm that there is a 20,000 Leagues sub submerged in the snorkeling lagoon at Disney Cruise Line's private island, Castaway Cay.

TCD

Kagoguen
07-22-2009, 03:19 PM
I was also a fan of the 20,000 Leagues subs. My oldest DD got to ride that attraction, and the Sky Ride, too, before they were both closed and removed.

For any of you 20,000 League fans out there, check out this website: www.20Kride.com It has lots of photos and information about the attraction and its demise. That site mentions, and I can confirm that there is a 20,000 Leagues sub submerged in the snorkeling lagoon at Disney Cruise Line's private island, Castaway Cay.

TCD

Thank-you for that link down memory lane :thumbsup2

Born 2 Fish
07-22-2009, 04:48 PM
Really enjoyed the wonderful pics! :thumbsup2
I too remember those dayz cept I was bout 16 yr old.

Memph1s
07-23-2009, 04:29 AM
The subs were actualy made here in Pinellas county (Largo, FL) by Morgan Yacht.

tungpo1
07-23-2009, 05:59 PM
Awesome pics!!!! My one photo me and my cousin opening day Magic Kingdom. I think Mickey made me mad I think he was ready to get popped. My cousin was coming from the back to help me out.:lmao:

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb201/tungpo1/Various%20stuff/disney1971.jpg

CampingBandit
07-23-2009, 06:51 PM
Here's mine, we went Christmas 1971. I'm sure there are other pics but this is the only one I've got. My father tells me I was most concerned that Santa wouldn't be able to find us....

This is me and big bro in front of (I believe) the Dumbo ride. Don't ya love my shoes...:eek:

(I still remember riding on the Skyway...:lovestruc)
http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/DavesWifeAnnie/disney1971.jpg

MandMLUVMMandDVC
07-24-2009, 12:47 PM
That "dinnershow" pic is of the Diamond Horseshoe Revue. I sure do miss that!

Captdonswife
07-24-2009, 05:37 PM
Wow - what great pictures! I'm sure DW was just as fun back then -we just didn't know how things would change, did we? I'll bet you have wonderful memories of that vacation. Thanks for sharing those with us!

Vicky

chartle
07-24-2009, 05:40 PM
Absolutely awesome pictures. I remember the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea so well! One of my favorites!

Does anyone know why they did away with the sky buckets?

Not as old - but I also miss Mr Toad's Wild Ride at the MK! Way fun and WILD!!

yes, a few years back, a CM maintenance man was killed on them. He was working on the fantasyland end, near the chalet and someone on the tomorrowland end did not know and started it up. He got carried over fantasyland hanging on to a bucket and fell off right near dumbo, he apparantly hit his head on impact. They never reopened.

Not exactly the incident happened in Feb 99 and the ride closed November 9, 1999.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyway_(Disney)

SCCamper
07-28-2009, 06:29 AM
These are some pics I scanned from our trips in '76, '77 and '78. I was 10 years old in the first pic. I'm the kid with the big head...lol. We had stayed at the Golf Resort, Poly and Ft. Wolderness.
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/4398_1102602778983_1644122376_22977.jpg
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/4398_1102602738982_1644122376_22977.jpg
This was the old slide at the Poly.
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/4398_1102602658980_1644122376_22976.jpg
These are my parents standing in front of one of the trading posts. Not sure which one, though.
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/4398_1102602498976_1644122376_22976.jpg
Way before the GF was built.
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/4398_1102602018964_1644122376_22975.jpg
I still have several more I can post if people are interested.

stacktester
07-28-2009, 07:16 AM
Yesterday is not fast enough. I love looking at the old pics.

OK GRUMPY
07-28-2009, 08:40 AM
These pictures are awesome what can I say! Please keep them coming!

Tri-circle-D
07-28-2009, 09:16 AM
Great photos SCCamper.

Of course I want to see more!

This photo intrigues me:

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/4398_1102602498976_1644122376_22976.jpg

The more I look at it, the more I am convinced that this is not one of the Fort Wilderness Trading Posts. Can you read what the sign says above the door in the original photo? Or can anyone zoom in on it and read it. I can't.

The whole thing looks very un-Disney. The overgrown plants. The cheap looking sign. The generic ash trays by the door. It just doesn't look right.

The wide, concrete area at the entrance is not present on either of the current trading posts. The door with the side-lights also does not look like either of the current doors. The roof line doesn't look right. It looks like there is a step up to the porch, which is lined with bricks. Also not present on either of the current trading posts.

Of course, this could have been a building that was subsequently torn down, but it just doesn't look like Ft. Wilderness to me.:confused3

TCD

Donna
07-28-2009, 09:32 AM
i've zoomed in as far as my laptop would allow. it appears the first word is "campground", the rest is blurry when you zoom in. I think the overgrown plants are large hanging baskets, you can tell when you zoom in. I'm still thinking it might be the settlement trading post, just in the very early days. The cement and pavement could have been changed over the years, although i don't recall stepping UP to get in to the store.

Tri-circle-D
07-28-2009, 09:54 AM
i've zoomed in as far as my laptop would allow. it appears the first word is "campground", the rest is blurry when you zoom in. I think the overgrown plants are large hanging baskets, you can tell when you zoom in. I'm still thinking it might be the settlement trading post, just in the very early days. The cement and pavement could have been changed over the years, although i don't recall stepping UP to get in to the store.

I think the sign says: "Campground parking for Campers and Guests Only." I don't think that there was ever parking at the Settlement Trading Post, or that cars could even drive near there. I also believe that the train passed in front of the Meadow Trading Post, so it would not have made sense for this sign to be there. You are right, though, Donna, this could be how things used to look, but it just doesn't look very Disney to me. Weird.

TCD

SCCamper
07-28-2009, 09:58 AM
Great photos SCCamper.

Of course I want to see more!

This photo intrigues me:

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/4398_1102602498976_1644122376_22976.jpg

The more I look at it, the more I am convinced that this is not one of the Fort Wilderness Trading Posts. Can you read what the sign says above the door in the original photo? Or can anyone zoom in on it and read it. I can't.

The whole thing looks very un-Disney. The overgrown plants. The cheap looking sign. The generic ash trays by the door. It just doesn't look right.

The wide, concrete area at the entrance is not present on either of the current trading posts. The door with the side-lights also does not look like either of the current doors. The roof line doesn't look right. It looks like there is a step up to the porch, which is lined with bricks. Also not present on either of the current trading posts.

Of course, this could have been a building that was subsequently torn down, but it just doesn't look like Ft. Wilderness to me.:confused3

TCD

You could be right about this picture. It was among all of the other Disney photos so I'm not sure. The sign says, "Campground Facilities for Campers and Guests only".

stacktester
07-28-2009, 12:04 PM
Who cares what the sign says. Pictures my friend, pictures.popcorn::

Tri-circle-D
07-28-2009, 12:15 PM
I found this post on Ynottony's Then and Now Thread:

I found these 'then' photos on line, so I don't have any info. about them. But I am betting some of you all do!


Then
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m133/ynottony99/FW_bear.jpg

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m133/ynottony99/FW_sign4.jpg

Now
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m133/ynottony99/FirstPhotosCanon297.jpg

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m133/ynottony99/September07Day182.jpg


Now, I really don't think the photo of the Trading Post from SCCamper is from the Fort. It's still a cool photo. I wonder where it was taken? Probably at another campground near the Fort.

TCD

SCCamper
07-28-2009, 05:53 PM
Here are several more.
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/scan0002.jpg
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/scan0005.jpg
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/scan0008.jpg
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/scan0024.jpg
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/scan0031.jpg
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/scan0032.jpg
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/scan0035.jpg
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/scan0037.jpg

BradyBz12
07-28-2009, 09:51 PM
Anyone know where/what this was?

http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz194/firedog43/scan0031.jpg

DH remembers being at MK circa 1976, when he was 6, and there was a ride (not the train) that went through an Indian village "with flames and stuff"

Anyone? :rolleyes1

thecplusplusguy
07-28-2009, 10:26 PM
My family went to Fort Wilderness every year from 1972 to sometime in the early 80's. I really love these pictures, I just wish my father lived closer so I could look at our old pictures. He is actually down in Florida.

Dan

Shan-man
07-29-2009, 07:16 AM
Wow, the teepee folks have been staying at the group camping area for a long time, hunh?








Just kidding, I know that was in the MK,
:santa:

Donna
07-29-2009, 08:25 AM
the only "ride" that goes past the indian village that isn't the train is the liberty belle steamboat that goes around the waterway and tom sawyers island. could that be it?

Tri-circle-D
07-29-2009, 09:26 AM
Anyone know where/what this was?



DH remembers being at MK circa 1976, when he was 6, and there was a ride (not the train) that went through an Indian village "with flames and stuff"

Anyone? :rolleyes1

On the Community Section of "Theme Parks Attraction and Strategies" section of the Disboards, there is a thread where people post old park photos.

This was posted there:



I don't know what ride this is from - my guess would be Jungle Cruise or Tom Sawyer - anyone?

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y290/marciemi/7879trips/indians.jpg



If you look at the photo posted by SCCamper, I think you can see the same Native American figure leaning over a campfire in the back of the photo, just right of center. The second photo that I posted above seems to be of the same scene, but taken from the opposite angle, and closer.

I know that there is an Indian Village, of sorts, that you can still see when riding the MK train from Frontierland to the stop before Tomorowland. I don't recall it being as elaborate as the old photos, but my guess is that these old photos are of that area.

TCD

SCCamper
07-29-2009, 09:47 AM
If I recall, this picture was taken from the riverboat. If you look in the background of the picture, you can see the railroad track.

Tri-circle-D
07-29-2009, 09:54 AM
If I recall, this picture was taken from the riverboat. If you look in the background of the picture, you can see the railroad track.

That makes sense! I see the railroad track, now that you point it out.

I think this explains the two photos, too. SCCamper's was taken from the river boat. The second photo was taken from the train. So, this is the area that I was thinking of. There are still remnants of this village that you can see from the MK train.

TCD