This attraction of 19th
century Mark Twain and 20th century Walt Disney is an interactive
experience where you climb and explore....
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combines 19th century Mark Twain and 20th century Walt Disney
...a magical blend of the past in keeping with the Disneyana 2001
*There have been
signs posted along the aforementioned
fences to keep guests out of the forbidden areas. Also, there's
tagging all over the island, by Disney,
indicating certain change within the near future. There's also signs of upcoming refurbishments with
tagging all around the island,
indicating what will be removed, changed, or covered with soft material.
might be the most low-tech attraction in any park, but it remains a truly
interactive experience. Tom Sawyer Island demands that you participate in order to enjoy
the attraction. You have to climb the rocks. You have to explore the
caves. You have to imagine. And that's why a great many (sadly
uninformed) people can't stand Tom Sawyer Island. You can't just sit back here, a la
Star Tours, and let the attraction do all the work for you.
result, Tom Sawyer Island tends to attract a great many thinking, literate families. And
as a cast member, you can't ask for anything more (well, okay, a salary
like Michael Eisner's, but I'm talking realistically here...).
Driving a Tom Sawyer Island raft is, without a doubt, the most pleasurable and
satisfying job in the Disney parks. First, you actually must have skill to
do this. You aren't just pressing a button - Tom Sawyer Island hosts must learn to pilot
a tiller-controlled diesel watercraft with no rail or guidance system
beyond your two hands. Second, you have time to talk with people -
literate people who have read, or at least heard of, Mark Twain. And
finally, supervisors avoid Tom Sawyer Island like they would a tour group of irate
personal injury lawyers. Which means that you can do your job in peace.
elements include: Tom's Landing, Magnetic Mystery Mine, Windmill, Injun Joe's Cave, Playground, Cardiff Hill, Grist Mill, Aunt Polly's, Barrel Bridge, Suspension Bridge, Fort Sam Clemens, Escape Tunnel
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Sawyer Island is a nice place for kids. It is very large and allows them
to run around. There are many things to do, but most are not really that
fun for teenagers or adults. This island is still a nice place to let your
kids roam while sipping a lemonade at Aunt Polly's Landing. On the island
there is Fort Sam Clemens with working gun towers, a teetering rock, dark
caves, and a mill that plays Down by an Old Mill Stream using its creaks
and groans. This attraction is not very accessible to wheelchairs. The
only way off and on the island is by raft to and from a landing next to
the exit of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I would not reccomend children
5 and under be left alone on the island because there are many dark caves
that they would probably be afraid of. All in all, Tom Sawyer Island,
although lacking in technology, is a lot of fun for children.