One thing I clearly remember thinking about Disney when I was a child: they sure did love themselves some skeletons. There seemed to be bones lying around all over the place – Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and Big Thunder Mountain to name a few. Well, the relatively-new Smuggler’s Cove on Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island definitely doesn’t buck the trend. Before touring, I had a hunch my kids would be both intrigued and wary of what they might find should they give that capstan wheel a spin. (Spoiler below.)
If my little ones were wary, it wore off quickly. Indeed, they lingered the longest over the capstan wheel and the bilge pumps that drain the burdened shipwreck. The toddler felt right at home in the bone cage (not what it sounds like…). Make sure to also check out Dead Man’s Cove, Tom’s and Huck’s Tree House, and Castle Rock. I can’t stress enough how much I appreciated the hour we spent on Tom Sawyer Island. It’s not thrilling or elaborate but it gave the kids a chance to run freely. In particular, it was one of the very few places in Disneyland Park our toddler could be rid of our arms or the stroller.
Location: Find Smuggler’s Cove and other surprises at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island in the Frontierland section of Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort. A similar version of this attraction, called simply Tom Sawyer Island, can be found in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.