The Shoe Tree

The Shoe Tree 1

One way to get around while on Disney property is by boat. On our most recent trip, we took the boat from Ft. Wilderness to the Contemporary (with a stop Wilderness Lodge depending on the direction of the boat). As we were nearing River Country, I noticed a tree in the water that had shoes hanging all over it. All of the shoes were paired, tied, and white. Curious about the reasoning behind it, I took a picture. Once we were docked, I approached the captain and asked about the tree.

He explained that the ‘Shoe Tree’ is a tradition among the boat captains that started many years ago. Each time a boat captain retires, his shoes also get retired. On his/her last voyage, their shoes are placed on the tree as a memento of their journey.

Have you ever seen the shoe tree? Post your pictures in the comments!

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Author: Susanne

Susanne Kain was not born a Disney fan, but after marrying into a family that loves all things Disney, it didn’t take long for them to transform her into a Disney lover too! Since then, she has been to Disney over 10 times and falls in love even more with each visit. A self-proclaimed foodie, she is always looking for the next best dish that Disney has to offer! When Susanne isn’t dreaming of Disney, planning her next trip, or visiting a park, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son who also share her love of Disney.

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