Walt Disney World can be an overwhelming experience of sights, sounds, and smells—even for the most seasoned guests. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to overlook those special touches that are part of the Walt Disney World story.
One of the more delightful stories you will hear from Cast Members is the legend of the Bay Lake Shoe Tree.
To find the Bay Lake Shoe Tree, hop on the boat transportation from the Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground (or vice versa). Look for a tree near the old River Country Water Park. It is submerged in water to the base of the canopy. But what are all those objects hanging from the branches of the tree? They are shoes—dozens of shoes hanging by their shoe laces—like Christmas ornaments!
The tree is one of the long-standing traditions maintained by Cast Members. Originally the tree was the final resting place for the shoes of retiring Cast Members. Now the tree is reserved for the shoes of the retiring Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake boat skippers. It is their way of saying “See you real soon” on their final day of employment at Walt Disney World.
There is so much to discover and learn at Walt Disney World! So keep your eyes, ears, and even your nose, ready.
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Looking for Magic is Kathy @ Two Roads Photo. As a librarian, walker of many miles, and Paper Bag Princess, Kathy dreams of having coffee with Belle at the castle and co-administering a fantasy book discussion group. Her love of Walt Disney World goes back to the Talent Roundup days from the original Mickey Mouse Club. Aside from the vintage memories, she visits Walt Disney World as often as possible to participate in race weekends, the annual festivals, and always to take photographs. Kathy is honored to be a member of the WDW Radio Blog team and looks forward to sharing everything Disney with you! She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.