A Walk in the Park: Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland Park

From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Joshua Sudock

I spent some time walking around Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island recently. I’m reminded of everything I love about Disneyland park whenever I step off a raft and onto that rustic rock.

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I think about the sense of adventure I felt as I ducked through the caves with my siblings as a kid. I remember trying to maintain balance while crossing the pontoon bridge. The smell of island foliage triggers memories of the day I discovered Fort Wilderness and waved at passing boats from a seemingly remote river’s-edge trail.

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Watching families discover the secrets of Pirate’s Lair and creating their own special island memories makes me smile. It’s a reminder that, while the spots I love at Disney Parks evolve to tell new stories, they also seem to retain the timeless heart that Imagineers imbued them with years before.

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Rafts to Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island are now departing daily until dusk.

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