Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tom Sawyer Island

When I think of going to Disney as a kid, Tom Sawyer Island always sticks out in my mind. It is one of the most overlooked places in Magic Kingdom.

 Imagine going back to the days of Tom and Huck.Where days were fun and free. As a kid you would spend your free time exploring. I can see it in my head, my dad with his coon skin cap and wooden pistol. The days before technology when kids had imaginations of gun fights, and cowboys and indians. Hide and seek was a great one for me.



 Opening in 1973 you take a relaxing raft ride  over to the island. There is only one way off and one way on. You are brought over to an island, and trust me, if you're looking to get away from the crowds, take this time and go relax. This is the perfect place to let the kids, ages 5-12 is best but others can enjoy it too, run around and have good old fashioned fun, while you can relax, sit on one of the many rocking chairs and just rock the day away. Or pull up a barrel and play some checkers.

 There are many twists and turns, hills and caves to explore. Kids will love to explore and run around seeing some neat of views of the Liberty Boat and Big Thunder Mountain.

 On Tom Sawyer's Island you can be a kid again going across the barrel bridges, swearing you're gonna fall in the water. Kids will burn off some energy playing hide and go seek and checking out the buildings; and adults will love hiding in the caves to spook their kids. It's good old time fun, and I hope it never goes away.

 The island usually opens an hour after the park opens, and closes at dusk. You can find Tom Sawyers island in the Rivers of America in Frontierland. Not recommended for wheelchairs as the areas are not too accessible for wheelchairs.


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