Location: An island in Rivers of America, rafts to access the island are on the water next to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Date Opened: 5/20/1973
# of Ride Units: Three rafts provide access to the island (two can be operated simultaneously.
Ride Capacity: Approximately 70 people per raft, hundreds can be on the islands at the same time.
Restraint Method: None
Ticket Rating: B Ticket
Ride Photo: No
Open/Close: The rafts to Tom Sawyer Island frequently don't begin operating until an hour after the park opens. The island closes at dusk.
Wait Times: It is rare to have to wait for more than one raft, generally no more than 15 minutes to get to or from the island.
Length of Ride: 2 minutes for the raft to cross Rivers of America, after that it is self-paced.
Single Rider: No
Queue Description: No queue, just a waiting corral for the rafts.
Health Restriction: None that would prevent any access to the island. Some areas involve navigating small spaces with low ceilings, navigating uneven and unstable surfaces, and climbing stairs.
Ride Access: The rafts are wheelchair and ECV accessible and are wide portions of the island. Several areas, however, can not be navigated easily with any mobility impairments.
Wheelchair Transfer: Not necessary, but it means some areas of the island will be off limits.
Service Animals: Yes
Audio: There is none on this attraction.
Weight and Size Issues: Narrow and low ceiling caves may create discomfort.
Height Restriction: None
Child Swap: No
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History and Trivia
- At this location: Though Tom Sawyer Island was built into the Rivers of America area when the park opened in 1971, it was not fully completed until 1973.
- The Attraction's History: For the most part the island remains unchanged since it opened in 1973, though minor tweaks and adjustments have been made.
- Other Trivia:
- Movie tie-in: For Sam Clemens was renamed Fort Langhorn in 1996 as part of the promotion of Disney's film Tom and Huck.
- The rafts: Unlike authentic river rafts, Disney's use natural gas engines to get across the river. The three river rafts are named Tom Sawyer, Injun Joe, and Becky Thatcher.