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Review of Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland

Updated on March 24, 2013
This bridge bounces up and down quite a bit so adults with knee-issues are warned.  However, there is an option to walk around it while still keeping the children in view.  Warning:  shoes can and do get wet on this crossing.
This bridge bounces up and down quite a bit so adults with knee-issues are warned. However, there is an option to walk around it while still keeping the children in view. Warning: shoes can and do get wet on this crossing. | Source

In Frontierand, it will be an enjoyable raft ride to the island, where you'll find the home of Huck and Tom, come alive. There are treasures to discover, such as gold piles and spooky spottings, such as Davy Jones' Locker, complete with a beating heart! They didn't get too Pirate's of the Carribbean on visitors at this attraction. They kept is nearly as it has been for decades, the reflection of the adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer of the Mark Twain stories, with tree houses, fortresses to climb, pontoon bridges to cross, and exploratory caves. In the end, you run across the tombs of famous dead figures in history, who somehow ended up in the same graveyard on this island.

Warning: Pirate's Lair Is a Physical Attraction

There is a fair amount of walking, crossing of bridges, and going up and down steps at the Pirate's Lair attraction at Disneyland. This is fun for the kiddos but can be a challenge for some adults, particularly because there are dirt trails - not paved or boarded walk ways. While it appears a wheelchair would make most of the perimeter of the attraction, while not necessarily allowing access to the features in the inner part of the island, one with mobility issues would want to check with the park to be sure where they would be able to go on the island.

While in some areas, there was ample seating, this wasn't true in all areas. I would have liked to see seating for adults near the gold piles and cemetery because I spent a long amount of time just standing around while my children climbed mounds of gold or walked upon the "dead." I climbed and ducked under most of the outcroppings but took a pass on the extraordinary tree house, leaving that one to the children to scale without me. Luckily, there is seating at the treehouse.

Disney offers those in wheelchairs a nice alternative to cruising the attraction: They may request to disembark at the Pirate's Lair and wait for their party. Since Pirate's Lair is the final destination, it is where the rest of their party would end up at the end of their experience. They can also remain on the raft for a round trip experience back to the loading dock.

Tom and Huck's hideout at the Disney attraction, complete with treasure map on the door.
Tom and Huck's hideout at the Disney attraction, complete with treasure map on the door. | Source

Review

All in all, it's a great time for the kids and those who are kids at heart but a bit challenging for those with mobility issues. It was more time than I would have liked to have spent (about 45 minutes to see it all properly) but the kids enjoyed themselves the whole time, even if I felt a bit bored at the end and ready to move on to another feature of the park. Please note, this attraction closes at dusk for safety reasons.

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4 stars for Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland

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