31 Tips for Your Disney World Trip: Day 26 – Tom Sawyer Island


Have you ever been to Tom Sawyer Island inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World? I am often asked by my guests just what Tom Sawyer Island is, so I thought I would share some pictures with you today of what can be found across the Rivers of America.

Tom Sawyer Island is a lushly-landscaped outdoor playground in Frontierland where kids of all ages can relive the rustic 19th-century adventures depicted in the novels of Mark Twain (which were a favorite of Walt Disney). I recommend this for families, especially ones with boys and girls who like to discover and play. 

The only way to reach the island is aboard a raft that docks at Tom’s Landing near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.


Sail across the river to forge rugged trails, cross some crazy suspension bridges, explore dark and mysterious caves, and visit a rustic frontier fort. On the island, you can explore and even get into some mischief, just like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.


Discover hidden treasures for those who care to do a little exploring; highlights include the mysterious jewels hidden deep in the dark caves,

the creaky waterwheel at Harper’s Mill,
the bouncy barrel bridge and Fort Langhorn with its twisting escape tunnel.

The old fort is really big and has many different areas to discover. There are even some people there that have been around for quite a while.


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Feel free to pack a picnic to take with you and enjoy lunch on the island.


Tom Sawyer Island closes at dusk. Be sure to check the daily schedule for the exact closing time.

Guest Policies

  • Guests must walk by themselves or be assisted by a member(s) of their party to experience this attraction.
  • Supervise children at all times. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

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