Arrgh matey! Captain Jack Sparrow and his pirate crew have hijacked an American classic. Frontierland’s Tom Sawyer Island – the only attraction in the park personally designed by Uncle Walt – has been reimagined in the wake of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Renamed the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, the island now honors Tom in name only.
After a raft ride to the island, wander among roving pirates, cannibal cages, ghostly apparitions and buried treasure. Or just cruise around the island on the Mark Twain Riverboat, a Mississippi-style paddle-wheel boat, or the 18th-century replica Sailing Ship Columbia. The rest of Frontierland gives a nod to the rip-roarin’ Old West with a shooting gallery and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a mining-themed roller coaster.