Tom Sawyer Island reopens at Disneyland, revealing more views of the park’s future expansions

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In January of 2016, Disneyland closed a number of its long-running attractions during construction of the park’s new Star Wars expansion, rerouting of the Rivers of America and the redirection / beautification of the Disneyland Railroad tracks. After last week’s reopening of Big Thunder Trail (the path that connects Fantasyland to Frontierland near the back of the park), fans have been waiting to see what the next step would be in restoring Disneyland to its more wide-open glory.

Fast forward to yesterday, when the park announced that Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island would begin receiving guests again today. I visited the park this afternoon to get a look at the newly-restored area, taking note of what’s different, checking out fresh views, and once again enjoying access to another of Disneyland’s more peaceful spots.


Of note some of the more interesting changes are the removal of Tom Sawyer Island’s graveyard and the complete blocking of access to the interior and upper level of the treehouse (which had been closed off for sometime anyhow). You can also get a good view of the new train trestle and the future Critter Country entrance to Star Wars Land.

Coming up in July, we can look forward to the relaunch of Fantasmic (on 7/17, Disneyland’s 62nd birthday) and the return of the Disneyland Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, and Sailing Ship Columbia (on 7/29).



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    Looking at the photo of the new train trestle. Did an ambitious beaver start gnawing on one of the legs?

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