The Calmest, Quietest Spot in the Magic Kingdom

The Calmest, Quietest Spot in the Magic Kingdom

I didn’t even realize it was there the first time I went to Disney World. But in the course of planning our second trip, I found a brief mention of it in an online forum: Tom Sawyer Island. The person who commented about it said that it was an oasis of calm in an otherwise frenetic place.

Sign me up! I think even the biggest Disney World fans can find it to be a bit overwhelming at times. How could you not? There’s the heat, the crowds, the parents yelling at their children that they better have a good time, the kids who are crying and screaming because they are overwhelmed and exhausted, etc. Yes, I think an “oasis of calm” is exactly what the doctor ordered. So I made a point to check it out on our trip to the Magic Kingdom.

You get there by log raft from Frontier Land, and the first thing you see is this sign.

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From that point, you’re on your own to explore, reflect, rest… whatever suits you. There are lots of trees and shady spots to escape from the Florida heat. Dusty paths lead you to suspension bridges, caves, and and an old fort.

There is also Harper’s Mill, which has a water wheel.

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Inside the mill, you will see an homage to one of Disney’s earliest animated films, The Old Mill.

In Injun Joe’s Cave, you’ll find a rock formation that looks like a face. There is also a wooden bridge over what appears to be a bottomless pit. Outside the cave you will find a sign from Tom that says:

Do not wurry…Injun Joe aint been seen in thess parts for along time. Hiz cave is deeserted! p.s. if’n you want to maybe you could wurry just a little bit – Tom

Fort Langhorn was originally named Fort Sam Clemens, but was renamed for the release of the Disney movie “Tom and Huck.” It is outfitted with a blacksmith’s shop where guests can see an audio animatronic blacksmith. Above the shop, guests will find cannons, which do not actually fire. If guests want to find something that does shoot, they can climb up the watchtowers located in the fort where they can take up rifles and shoot (blanks) at passing boats.

There is a crooked bridge that leads to Potter’s Mill. Visitors can go inside the mill for a picturesque view of the Rivers of America and Frontier Land.

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Another location on the island, Old Scratch’s Mine, offers guests the chance to explore. After traveling through the dark passage and hearing bats chirp overhead, guests will come upon a large deposit of gems.

I have explored many old mines, but this un is the best ever! strange things happen in here so keep a sharp eye out and don’t stop for nuthin!

The appropriately named Scavenger Fort was designed for children under 12 years of age, and is essentially a playground that appears to be made from ship parts, lumber, and barrels.

For families traveling with younger children, a stop at Tom Sawyer Island is a must!

Tom Sawyer Island is located in Frontier Land at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.

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