I’m sorry that things have been a little mappy lately, but they’re just so darn interesting. I promise I’m working on some meatier stories, though. Time takes time!
In any case, we’re at Fort Wilderness in 1988. You may or may not know of my intense love for Fort Wilderness, but I’m convinced that it’s the single best enclave of pure 1971-era Walt Disney World essence that still exists. Its offerings have been pared down over the years, but it’s still there plugging away. Sometimes I can’t believe something as simple, entertaining, and free as their campfire movies still exists in the modern corporate age.
Many of the lost wonders can be seen in this map; the Fort Wilderness Railroad was already gone, but guests still had River Country and Discovery Island to entertain them.
Interestingly, the leftmost bus loop only extends halfway through the resort in this map; it currently continues all the way to the Settlement Depot. There were two bus loops in 1988: the silver-flagged and the brown-flagged. These were later known as Chip and Dale, with additional service being provided by the Crockett and Boone buses, and today the campsites are served by the Purple, Yellow and Orange routes.
The bike trail that passes off the map to the left would eventually connect the resort with the Wilderness Lodge in 1994.
Are there any Fort Wilderness folks out there who can spot other differences?