The Making & Opening of Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground in 1971

The Making & Opening of Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground in 1971

In previous weeks we have been highlighting the 1971 Handbooks given to new Cast Members as they opened up the Walt Disney World Resort. There was a handbook for every land of the Magic Kingdom, and one for Disney’s Contemporary and Polynesian Village Resorts. Make sure you check those podcasts out, as well as our show notes found on Disney at Play. But there was no Handbook written for Fort Wilderness Campground. Instead, there was a handbook put together for outdoor recreation. Some of that covered golf, part of it covered water recreation. And one small section covered Fort Wilderness–a section no bigger than the section on the wave machine that we covered last week with Disney’s Polynesian Resort. We will share what they have overviewed, but moreover, we’ll cover the intriguing story of how this resort got built–with little money attached. Indeed, this story resides as part of our Disney at Work program, because there are messages you won’t want to miss for your own workplace or organization. Join us as we discuss the making and opening of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.

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Here are some of the images that help you understand the story being shared in this podcast:

Photo by Disney taken in 1970. Note how little work has been started.
Disney photo showing characters on board the Fort Wilderness Railroad.
Brochure map of For Wilderness. Note the extensive train tracks.
Circle in yellow is Pluto’s Boneyard. Green line shows path from Fort Wilderness to the Boneyard. Map by Google.

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