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May 20, 1973 – Tom Sawyer Island Opens in Walt Disney World

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“Brave an adventure all your own at this rustic, secret hideaway inspired by the stories of Mark Twain.”

On May 20, 1973, the Frontierland attraction Tom Sawyer Island opened in Walt Disney World. It was based on the original attraction in Disneyland, which opened on June 16, 1956. At the Florida attraction, the fort is named Fort Langhorne, although was originally called Fort Sam Clemens. Visitors can explore the fort, which includes a watch tower, a blacksmith shop, and an escape tunnel; visitors can also travel through Injun Joe’s Cave, with rocky passageways and strange fossils. There is also a refreshments stand called Aunt Polly’s Landing, which sells mainly ice cream and drinks.

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