Shoe Tree

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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