Sunday, August 16, 2009

Time For Another Fort?

Original Frontierland Stockade
While visiting Disneyland recently, I noticed the following damage to the Frontierland entrance. (This photo was taken from the side path that leads from the Plaza Gardens to Frontierland.)

The next two shots are close-ups that were taken from the bridge at the entrance to Frontierland.

Moving the camera just a little to the left, we can see even more damage. I wonder if this is from termites, or if the wood is simply rotting away?

The current stockade is not original to took the place of the original structure back in 1981. The following article is from a 1981 employee publication.

So, is this damage something that could be repaired or does it extend further than the eye can see? If the original had to be replaced after 26 years and it's replacement is now 28 years old, is it time for another Fort?
If the fort does have to be replaced, maybe they could get a two for one special and replace Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island at the same time!


Davelandweb said...

I vote for the 2-for-1 special as well. Looks like they are beyond "tenting for termites" at this point!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Awesome Post! Funny how the "replacement" is now older than the original! It should be easy to replace (correctly) since the cement substructure should be fine, just needs a ton of wood. "If Only" the fort on TSI had been built with a cement foundation, don't get me started on THAT fort!

Major Pepperidge said...

Jeez Louise, look at that! Reminds me of when the Columbia was rotting away before our very eyes. I hope they fix it and do it right!