Frontierland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Generally, visitors to the Disney theme parks are in a rush to get to the next big attraction. I get that. Not everyone has my fanaticism about Disney nor does everyone have the opportunity to travel there like I do. When we first started going with the kids I was the same way. Drag everybody to the park at opening and don’t leave until you have seen it all. Time was short and there was a lot to do.
Since I have embraced this photography addiction (maybe passion would be better) I see the theme parks differently. I see the amazing detail that is prevalent throughout the parks. The hidden gems, the out-of-the-way nooks only discovered by those few slowing down to truly explore. Maybe it is also part of getting older (yes, I said it!) but I have learned some patience too. This probably comes from the fact that I know I will be back and if I skip something today it will be enjoyed next visit.
One of those exploring gems is Tom Sawyer’s Island in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom. You need to travel to the island by log raft but once you arrive there is a lot to discover. I have spent many an afternoon exploring the island and I know there is still more to find. I’m looking forward to embracing the inner child as I search for my next hidden treasure.
Here is a view of Harper’s Mill on the island from the dock across the Rivers of America…