The Lawnmower Tree

Fort Wilderness Resort, located on Bay Lake near Wilderness Lodge and just past the old River Country water park, is one of the most historical locations in Walt Disney World.

One of the original "resorts" in the park, this campground, which has expanded now to include cabins, has its own following of dedicated fans, and is the site of many fan favorite attractions, like Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and Trail's End Restaurant.

Fort Wilderness SignFort Wilderness Sign

It's also the home of some fun "urban legends" of Disney, like the Lawnmower Tree!! According to Disney legend, Billy Bowlegs parked his mower much too close to this "real fast grower" of a tree, which quickly grew to encompass Billy's mower!

Lawnmower TreeLawnmower Tree

Lawnmower tree sign close upLawnmower tree sign close up

In truth, nobody really seems to know the full story of the lawnmower. Some Cast Members and Imagineers found it and highlighted it as part of Fort Wilderness' story, and for many years, guests enjoyed watching the tree slowly encompass the lawnmower as it grew around the tool.

Lawnmower tree closeupLawnmower tree closeup

Unfortunately, the tree has now died, and its progress is forever halted around the mower -- leaving only a few blades in view.

Mase wrote on Mon, 03/21/2011 - 12:50:

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This is such a cool story. I think I may have to go visit it come November.

DonaldDork wrote on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 00:02:

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oh man! I stayed there in '08.. I wish I had known about this! Is it close to where Hoop Dee Doo is? I'd go look for it if it is..

Vettelover wrote on Wed, 03/23/2011 - 17:25:

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Yes it is very close, It is between HDDR and the Boat docks.

luvs2lilboyz wrote on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 19:05:

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I'll have to look for this while we're there! How cool!

Disney Fan wrote on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 22:56:

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When I went as a kid in 96 I thought this tree was awesome but it was still alive then. Sad to see that it had died when I was there this year.

wwilliamwebb49 wrote on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 13:57:

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I first saw the Lawn Mower Tree back in the summer of 1971 when my father was invited to visit & camp for a week at the Ft Wilderness campground before it and the Magic Kingdom opened to the public. My father was the owner of a camper sales and rental business in Jacksonville, FL. and was invited along with about 20 other camping dealers, to see what Disney had to offer, so they could recommend Ft Wilderness as the place to go camping near Disney World.

Peter wrote on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 02:05:

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I first saw the Lawn Mower Tree in March of '72 and for the next forty years always looked forward to seeing it again and again. Today, Nov 7, '13, we stopped to look and sadly, it has been cut down :(
Does anyone know if the bottom few feet containing the mower was saved and put on display? It is one of my fondest memories of camping with my family at Fort Wilderness as a kid.

Brian wrote on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 21:01:

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The tree was not cut down, it was dug up and removed to a "back stage area". My guess is it will be put on display at some point.

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