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Board a raft at Tom’s Landing near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad® Attraction and sail across the river to Tom Sawyer Island. Once there, you’ll 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 playful adventures – just like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. (Be on the lookout! Each morning Cast Members hide about a half dozen colored paintbrushes around the island for guests to find. If you find one, take it to a Cast Member and receive a special prize like a pass to skip to the front of the line or free sodas for your entire group.)
Tom Sawyer Island is a play area so you can spend as little or as much time as you like. The only waiting involved is the board the rafts to and from Tom’s Landing. We recommend spending at least 20 minutes exploring the island, but most children could stay much longer. You may want to set a time limit before you go. We cannot tell you how many times Tad and Lily have begged us for five more minutes of running around and exploring Tom Sawyer Island. We hurry them along only to remember we did the same thing when we were kids. From the raft ride over to the "gold mine" and suspension bridge, this is a great escape from the lines and crowds in the rest of the park.
Tom Sawyer Island is a lushly landscaped play area in Frontierland® Area at Magic Kingdom® Park. This attraction closes at dusk; check the Times Guide to know the exact closing time. Tom Sawyer Island is only accessible by the river rafts which launch from Tom’s Landing. Guests must walk by themselves or be assisted by a member(s) of their party to experience this attraction.
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Relax with some tasty ice cream or cool beverages at Aunt Polly's. Bring a change of clothing for little ones who want to play in the dirt and water. This attraction closes at dusk. Check your Times Guide for details.
The rafts to Tom Sawyer Island are not on a track or guiderail. Walt 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.
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