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    Tom Sawyer Island

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Description And Comments

Tom Sawyer Island is a getaway within the park. It has hills to climb; a cave, windmill, and pioneer stockade (Fort Langhorn) to explore; a tipsy barrel bridge to cross; and paths to follow. You can watch riverboats chug past. It’s a delight for adults and a godsend for children who want to cut loose after being closely supervised all day. Fort Langhorn remained closed at press time, but the rest of the island was open.

Touring Tips

Tom Sawyer Island is underrated—we think it’s one of the Magic Kingdom’s better-conceived attractions. Kids revel in its frontier atmosphere, and it’s a must for families with children ages 5–15. If your group is made up of adults, visit on your second day or on your first day after you’ve seen the attractions you most wanted to see.

Although kids could spend a whole day here, plan on at least 40 minutes. Access is by raft from Frontierland; two rafts operate simultaneously, and while the trip itself is pretty efficient, you may have to stand in line to board both ways.

My 5-year-old son needed to run off some energy and he kept bumping into people in the crowded streets of Frontierland, so we veered from the touring plan and took the raft to Tom Sawyer Island. I thought it was a playground (we never bothered to head there before), but it was the coolest area to explore for our whole family! Unlike the Boneyard at Animal Kingdom, Tom Sawyer Island was truly an attraction. Very few people were there, which meant I got amazing pictures of my kids without strangers in the background, and the buildings, tunnels, and fort were so fun to explore! My kids asked to go back here the next day, and we did!

Tom Sawyer Island Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Tom Sawyer Island when you visit on a day with a given Magic Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Tom Sawyer Island Wait Times.

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Special Comments

Does not open with the rest of the Magic Kingdom and closes before the rest of the park.

Special Needs

Other Attractions in Frontierland

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