Like the rest of Disneyland, it used to be so neat; they sold food at the Fort, had displays, and had caves you could explore: one that you could hear Injun Joe's voice calling...one that took you from the fort to the river, and ones I couldn't even fit down into . It used to have a susspension bridge AND a barrel bridge, an old mill, and the fort would fire cannon at the Columbia.
and had caves you could explore..... It used to have a susspension bridge AND a barrel bridge, an old mill
These things are still there. The bridges are right by what may be my favorite spot at DL (particularly when it's in shade). It's great to sit on a bench and see a lot of territory and, often, no people (and most seen are on a passing boat, anyway).
I was 7 the first time we drove across the country to DL, and my parents thought I'd never return from TSI, and my boy just turned 11, so it's still a part of every trip. It is sad that some elements have either aged badly (fort) or been lawyered out by the insurance suits (teeter-totter rock, castle rock steps that aren't wooden with rails but are cut into the rock).
A lot of , er, noticeable children can be cured with time to run wild on an island.
Do you think there will ever be a time when the fort will see some restoration? I'm not sure its that important but it would be nice to get some food and have one more thing to do on the island. I remember how cool the guns used to be. It would be cool to let WDI go wild and see what they could do with it.
When my family and I went to Disneyland last February, we had a great time visiting Tom Sawyer Island.
The caves are GREAT (although I bashed my head like a big dope when I didn't duck low enough) and my son just loved it.
In the midst of his playing, he got a good scrape on his knee...(Gosh it sounds like we really got beat up on the island doesn't it? LOL)
But that's a great place for skinned knees and bumps on the head. It's a great place for adventure.
Love the bottomless pit where you can still hear Injun Joe, and yes, sadly the Fort was cool to look at, but no entry.
I talked to one of the CM (the rangers) and they explained it pretty much like it was said on this thread. Old Wood, no budget to repair.
Sad...as I can see a future where Disney will probably demolish the Fort as opposed to fixing it. I hope I'm wrong.