Type

Boat Ride/Walking Tour

Status

Opened

Fastpass+

No

Level

B - Minor Attraction

Height Requirement

None

Disney Warnings

Supervise children at all times.

Extra Warnings

Guests that wish to ride the raft but not tour the island can do so in a wheelchair.


About

Tom Sawyer Island is a gigantic playground that celebrates the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Guests board log rafts for the trip over to Tom Sawyer's Island where they can explore the forest, caves, suspension bridges and even a fort.

There's always something to discover for guests young and old as they wander along the many trails that make up Tom Sawyer Island.

 

Disney Description

Join in the outdoor adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. For your safety stay on trails.

 

Location

Tom Sawyer Island itself is located across from Frontierland along the Rivers of America. The loading dock for the rafts that take you to the island is across from the entrance to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad along the water.

 

Appeals To

Children and adventurers.

 

Times Guide – Opening/Closing

Tom Sawyer Island does not always open with the park, at times it opens up to an hour after park opening. It closes daily at dusk. Check the times guide for more information.

 

Vehicle Description

The rafts are made to resemble the log rafts in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. They've been modified for guest safety to include railings to prevent guests from exiting the raft while it's in motion.

Another difference between the days of Tom and Huck is that the rafts are gas powered. Take note that the engine on the raft tends to get hot, so avoid it if you can.

The names of the four boats are Injun Joe, Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Becky Thatcher

 

Story

After guests are corralled onto the rafts, they'll take a brief ride along the Rivers of America over to Tom Sawyer Island. Upon arriving, guests approach a map of the Island that details all of the key locations and it has the following to say about Mark Twain:

"Mark Twain was born Samuel Clemens in 1835, in Florida, Missouri. He grew up not too far away in the small town of Hannibal. From there he would raft over to islands in the Mississippi and watch as majestic steamboats paddled by. As a young man he became a riverboat pilot, listening for the leadsman to sing out "mark twain" which indicated the river measured two fathoms deep, making it safe to proceed. As a writer, his two most famous creations, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, sprang from his boyish memories of life on the Mississippi. All the names on the island can be found in the literary classic Huckleberry Finn."

Near the map is a hand painted sign greeting guests to the island. There are many misspellings and backwards letters on the map which reads:
Welcum
ifn you like dark caves mystery mines, bottomless pits shakey bridges n big rocks you have come to the best place i know ifn you dont like creepy old scary places dont wurry... huck finn an myself wuz plenty scared too. Huck wuz more scared than me...
Tom
Wuz not Huck

The island is actually two separate islands connected by Superstition Bridge. On the main island guests can explore Mill's, Mine's and more

Huck's Landing and Tom' s Landing: The two different landings for the rafts.

Potter's Mill: In between the two landings, it is a windmill located on Potter's Pond

Old Scratch's Mystery Mine: A dark cave that features a sign outside that reads:

Old Scratch's Mystery Mine
I have explored many old mines, but this un is the best ever! Strange things happen in here so keep a sharp eye out and don't stop for nuthin!
Tom

Inside the mystery mine there is a gem configuration and a waterfall that appears to flow uphill.

Harper's Mill: This is a red wooden building with a paddle wheel attached to the outside. A sign outside of Harper' Mill reads:
Harper's Mill
This here deserted grist mill wuz named after my frien Joe Harpers Old Man ifn you chooze to go inside please dont scare the birds what ou will find there unless some no good done scared em before you did.
Tom Sawyer

Injun Joe's Cave: Located near Huck's Landing is a dark tunnel to explore. A sign outside comforts guests:
Do noy wurry... Injun Joe aint been seen in thess parts for along time. His cave is deeserted!
P.S. If n you want to maybe you could wurry just a little bit.
Tom

The suspension bridge that leads over to the adjacent island travels a few feet over the Rivers of America and moves slightly with each step. There is also a less sturdy barrel bridge off to the side and is definitely less sturdy.

The other island features Fort Langhorn and some Indian Territory

Fort Langhorn: A log fort where inside guests can see static figures of people and animatronic animals inside the Blacksmith shop. Rifle sights and cannons can also be found in the fort

 

Similar Attractions

None of the playground type areas are as expansive as Tom Sawyer Island, but the closest comparison is The Boneyard in Dinoland U.S.A. at the Animal Kingdom

 

Street Address

4975 Caribbean Way

 

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