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Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

A pig-tailed girl sits on a pile of coins at Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Disneyland Park

Frontierland

Guests Can Be
Any Height
Age Interest

Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Accessibility and Other Information

Accessibility
  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
Interests

Discovery

Guest Policies
  • Supervise children at all times.
    Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • Wheelchair Access: To board one of the rafts, enter through the standard queue. Many pathways are accessible for wheelchairs and ECVs..
  • To fully experience Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Guests must navigate dirt trails, bridges, steep inclines and narrow passages. Rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. For your safety, stay on trails.
Brave an adventure all your own at this secret island hideaway inspired by the stories of Mark Twain.
Two young boys lean against a wood fence; one points across the Rivers of America

Adventure Awaits!

Journey by log raft across the Rivers of America and discover a mysterious place rumored to contain long-lost treasure. Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island recalls the plucky adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn when they ran away to a remote island to live the carefree life of a pirate.

Upon your arrival, wander dusty dirt roads lined with sycamore and oak trees and amble across creaky suspension bridges. Navigate narrow passages amid secret caves and uncover an age-old fort. Along the way, follow in the pioneering footsteps of the frontier’s early settlers, during an era when America was just coming into its own.

Pick Your Path

You’ll find adventure aplenty around every corner of the island—one of the world’s last pirate strongholds. During your self-guided expedition, be on the lookout for some of these legendary landmarks:

  • Enter, if you dare, a dark and foreboding cavern haunted by ghastly apparitions inside Dead Man's Grotto.
  • Get a scenic view from atop the hideout of Tom and Huck's Tree House.
  • Bounce across a rope bridge and uncover hidden secrets in Smuggler's Cove.
  • Climb to the peaks of Castle Rock or descend below the surface to find a subterranean treasure trove.
  • Unearth a mass of pirate loot at the Treasure Dig.
  • Inspect the ingenious gears and inner workings of the Blacksmith Shop.

Easy-to-read, posted maps ensure you always know where you are—and where you’re going—during your island adventure.

Sign: Pontoon Bridge, If you go this way Matey and yer boots get wet, it's yer own fault!

Designed by Walt Disney

Tom Sawyer Island opened to the public at Disneyland Resort in 1956. The attraction has the distinction of being the only one designed by Walt Disney.

Sharing a strong affinity for the world Mark Twain created in his novels, Walt found himself unsatisfied with the island’s original design. Days before construction was set to begin, he took the plans home and re-imagined the landscape design, creating the inlets, coves and overall shape that the island is known for today.

In 2007, the attraction was renamed Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island. Today, in addition to the Disneyland Resort, a version of this beloved attraction exists at Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disneyland.

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Friday, April 18, 2014

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