Tom Sawyer Island

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Fort Langhorn Sign at Tom Sawyer Island


Located across the Rivers of America in Frontierland and accessible only by raft, Tom Sawyer Island offers children a fun place to run and explore and blow off steam, while grown-ups can sit and sip a cool drink.


Tom Sawyer Island -- A giant-sized playground geared to youngsters, Tom Sawyer Island is inspired by the famous works of author Mark Twain.

Guests board a motorized raft at a dock located just at the foot of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad over to the island. The raft ride takes only a few minutes. At the dock on the island, guests can sit in rocking chairs and play checkers, or begin to explore the grounds. Maps are posted periodically -- be sure to check where you want to go, as paths meander every which way.

There are dark passageways and caves to explore, an old mine, a scary, bouncy, rope bridge, a barrel bridge (below right), and the focal point, an old-fashioned fort, named Fort Langhorn (Twain's real name was Samuel Langhorn Clemens). Kids will have fun exploring all four corners of the fort, playing with the noisy air rifles and cannons, then venturing into the dark "escape tunnel."

Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island
Barrel Bridge at Tom Sawyer Island


Keep your eyes on the time -- Tom Sawyer Island usually opens a little later than the rest of the park, and it normally closes at dusk.

If you ever read the famous stories of Tom Sawyer and his friend Huck Finn, you'll have read of their fence whitewashing exploit. Keep your eyes peeled for large bristle whitewash brushes scattered around the island. If you find one and turn it in to a Cast Member, you'll get special surprise -- perhaps a FastPass to a favorite attraction!

Restrooms are located at the raft landing and also inside Fort Langhorn.

Guests must be ambulatory to get around Tom Sawyer Island -- with its rugged terrain and winding paths, it is NOT wheelchair friendly.

Fort Langhorn at Tom Sawyer Island Rifles at Fort Langhorn


Disney Characters are typically not found on Tom Sawyer Island, however this whole area is a kids' paradise, with plenty of caves to explore, hills to climb and an old fort to play in.

Check your daily Times Guide for times and locations of character meet and greet opportunities elsewhere in the Magic Kingdom.

Guest Comment

Pam Forrester
: I can't stress how relaxing and wonderful Tom Sawyer Island is. There are so many great places to sit and relax. My husband and watched as our daughter ran and climbed and burned off some energy. I wonder how many people have inadvertently scared other people when trying to scare their family members in the caves? It's a good time.

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Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer Island


Aunt Polly's tucked away in a shady spot overlooking the water making it a nice, quiet getaway from the hubbub of the Magic Kingdom. A vending machine sells Coke Products and Bottled Water.

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There is no place to shop on Tom Sawyer Island.


Tom Sawyer Island opened in the Magic Kingdom in 1973.

Initially, the highlights of Tom Sawyer Island were called Injun Joe's Cave, Magnetic Mystery Mine and old Fort Sam Clemens. The fort's name was changed in 1996 after the release of the Disney movie Tom and Huck, which featured a Fort Langhorn.

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