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Old 11-05-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
Annie Michelle
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
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Missing the Good Old Days

We just returned from Disney World and took a trip over to see Fort Wilderness with my parents. I'm sure there will be "hate" for this, but does anyone miss the good old days at the campground? We began camping there in 1980 and went were lucky enough to drive from PA for a week or so every year. Since my parents have gotten older and cannot take the drive, we have switched to the resorts, but our hearts have always remained at the Fort.

Every trip we still go over to eat, shop, campfire or just walk around and wish we were staying there again. I have to say this year we all said there is no way we would want to stay anymore. The place is zoo. The golf cart thing is out of hand. They are everywhere with some crazy drivers. I didn't see one person on a bike. It was all kids zooming around on carts.

I miss the days when you walked or rode a bike. I miss the make your own pizza at Trails End. I miss the days when then only time you saw "outsiders" was when the Hoppdee Do was having it's show. I miss the variety animals in the petting zoo. I miss River Country. I miss not having to fight for a parking spot or a seat in a rocking chair. I miss the Chip, Dale, Boone and Crockett buses. Miss the days when you could arrive to the campfire when it was about to start and still have a seat. I miss the days there was a meadow around the Meadows Trading Post and not more campsites. I miss the days the brush was so thick between the sites, you couldn't even see another camper. I miss it when the sites were only $35 a night. I miss the days there weren't barking dogs everywhere. I miss the days when there didn't have to be a traffic director at the Settlement intersection.

I'm sure there are positive changes, but from a long time camper, the Fort has lost it's appeal. I dreamed about taking my grandkids there someday, but it probably won't ever happen.
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