Fort Wilderness always held a special place in my Disney memories. As a pre-teen my best friend and I both had paper routes ( remember "paperboys"?). We would collect our monthly fees and take off to Disneyland at least once every other month. TSI would be one of our first destinations. Playing "ditch" with each other and spending lots of time exploring the island and fort was one of the highlights of each trip. Remember the apple juice and dill pickles available inside the fort? The scenes in the fort of Davy Crockett and George Russell led me to a great interest in the exploration of the west andhave written many papers on the subject,and to find out that Mr. Russell is a distant relative.
As an adult, I have taken the kids there numerous times and let 'em loose to play like I did when I was their age. They sure miss the fort and being able to "shoot" the passengers on the Columbia as they pretended they were pirates. Slightly prophetic, isn't it?
I just hope the hype and the hoopla around the pirates has the lasting effect on our kids now as the history of our country and it's literature ( my kids know who Mark Twain was and about his stories) as it did on us.
Just a melancholy old man with his memories, what can I say?