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Tom Sawyer Island

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Tom Sawyer's Island

  • Mar 10, 2010

I admit that I was a bit skeptical when my family announced that they wanted to go to Tom Sawyer Island.  Here we were at the Magic Kingdom and I really didn't want to walk around an island.  As we got on the raft, the excitement began to build.  They started to tell me about paintbrushes which were hidden over the island, and the first people to get them received a special prize.  My children are a bit competitive in nature and I could tell that they were eyeing another family who had the same intentions.  Once on the island, we split up and ran through the caves and looked in the brush and eventually the children had found the magical paintbrushes.  With our possessions in hand, we were able to walk through the magical island in a more relaxed pace.  I found it to be a nice get away from the often fast pace of Disney.   We visited the fort, walked through caves, and even took the time to sit in a rocking chair with a wonderful view of Thunder Mountain Railroad, and played a game of checkers while we waited for our ride back to Frontier Land.  The prize for finding the paintbrushes was a fast pass for all.  I think the prize was just enjoying Tom Sawyer Island, an attraction that may sometimes be overlooked.

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April 20, 2010
I had NO idea about the paintbrushes. I'm embarrassed to admit I've never set foot on Tom Sawyer's Island. Good review!
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Corporate Description: Tom Sawyer Island is a lushly-landscaped outdoor playground in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom theme park where children of all ages can relive the rustic 19th-century adventures depicted in the novels of Mark Twain.The wooded island is surrounded by the pastoral Rivers of America, and the only way to reach the island is aboard a raft that docks at Tom's Landing near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.Sail across the river to romp through dense forests, forge rugged trails, cross swinging suspension bridges, explore mysterious caves, take shelter in a frontier fort built from unfinished timber and embark on mischievous, playful adventures—just like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.Discover hidden treasures for those who care to do a little exploring; highlights include the mysterious jewels hidden deep in the dark caves, the creaky waterwheel at Harper's Mill, the bouncy barrel bridge and Fort Langhorn with its twisting escape tunnel.Tom Sawyer Island closes at dusk. Be sure to check the daily schedule for the exact closing time.Walt Disney and Mark TwainWalt Disney grew up in the town of Marceline, Missouri, and he always had a strong affinity for the world that Mark Twain created in his novels, especially The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which took place largely in the imaginary town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Walt added Tom Sawyer Island to California's Disneyland Park in 1956—one of the first additions to the then ...
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