The “hidden in plain site” secret of Disneyland has always been Tom Sawyer’s Island. It’s a great escape from the packed parkgrounds, giving visitors (even adult ones) a chance to explore caves, play in a fort, and try to shake off your signifigant others from a real rope bridge. But enjoy it while you can.
According to Disneyland gossip site Miceage.com, the suits in Burbank are planning on evicting Tom Sawyer and moving in Jack Sparrow for a second Pirates of the Carribean movie themed attraction.
What Burbank has proposed is an ambitious plan to restructure and retheme the island into a pirate playground, where Captain Barbossa and Davy Jones would displace the less than blockbuster Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher.
The current proposal calls for over 28 million to be spent this winter rebuilding and rebranding the Tom Sawyer themed attraction. Gone would be the treehouses, trails and caves referenced in the literary works of Mark Twain and originally designed for the simpler audiences of the 1950’s. In their place would be snazzier pirate themed activities designed for the kids of the 21st century who have grown up with extreme sports and Super Mario Brothers instead of barrel hoops and Tom Sawyer. The current lush wooded landscaping would also presumably be substantially altered, as tropical islands don’t quite match the southern American landscape.
While not as ill conceived as renaming and renovating the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse into Tarzan’s Treehouse, the change is gut wrenching considering how horrible (and thankfully forgettable) Dead Man’s Chest was.