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Old 10-16-2013, 11:12 AM   #16
Wood Nymph
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Disney also had off site hotels on Lake Buena Vista Drive as early as 1972. We stayed at the Royal Inn on Dec 31, 1973. There were four hotels at that time, Howard Johnson, the Dutch Inn, and a fourth one that I can't remember. Disney had bus service for these resorts and advertised them as being part of Disney. We stayed at the Dutch Inn in 1981 or 1982. I believe that the Dutch Inn is now the Wyndham.

We stayed at the Contemporary and the Polynesian back in the days when those were the only two choices on the monorail. It was really hard to get a reservation, but once or twice we were able to pull up to the Polynesian and get a room that very day. The ladies in the laundry room were shocked when I told them that, since they had made their reservations over a year in advance.

I remember Fort Wilderness being advertised a lot on Disney's television show. It was Disney's intent to provide a wonderful family experience that everyone could afford.
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