Magic Kingdom Guest Jumps From Water Attraction While Visiting Tom Sawyer Island: Report

Report: Magic Kingdom Guest Jumps From Water Attraction While Visiting Tom Sawyer Island
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It seems people and water go together like peas and carrots, especially at Walt Disney World. In recent months, Disney has experienced an increased number of guests leaving ride vehicles to enter the water at popular attractions at Magic Kingdom, bathing in fountains, or jumping from bridges at EPCOT.

January 31 wasn’t much of a different story as early reports via Facebook user Jennifer Jarrell show a guest following suit near Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom.

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Posted to a private Annual Passholders group on Facebook around 9:30 p.m., Jennifer’s post shows a Magic Kingdom guest, with a life preserver, who had reportedly jumped from his small watercraft (raft) while on his way to the popular hideaway tucked away in Frontierland at the flagship park in Walt Disney World Resort.

Jennifer captioned the photo as follows:

“Anybody got news or info on the jumper from Tom Sawyer rafts today around 2:00 p.m.? We watched him refuse to swim to the side after they threw him a life preserver. Curious to know what happened.”

Jennifer Jarrell Facebook post man jumps in water at Magic Kingdom Tom Sawyer Island

Credit: Jennifer Jarrell on Facebook/ Disney/ Canva

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As it’s always big news when someone breaks the rules in such a dangerous manner at Walt Disney World, the post has garnered a ton of reactions and comments. Many are quick to point out the growing problem of guests entering waterways around Walt Disney World property.

Of course, anyone familiar with Central Florida will tell you that no matter how appealing those ponds, rivers, lakes, and creeks may look on a hot day, it’s never a good idea to go in blind. Sadly, the worst-case scenario played out in 2016 when a small child was killed by an alligator while visiting Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Although the body of water in question today was located inside the park, it is not safe to assume that it is free of potentially dangerous wildlife.

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Credit: Brett Kiger, Flickr

In fact, Tom Sawyer Island, where the incident occurred, saw half of Magic Kingdom shut down last year when a black bear was spotted in that area of the park. Despite the danger of drowning, wildlife remains a serious concern in terms of guest safety, especially in waterways in and around Walt Disney World.

In fact, one commenter pointed out that this particular body of water in Magic Kingdom is the only one where they’ve actually seen an alligator, further pointing out how silly the act of rule-breaking was.


It’s unclear at the moment what happened to the guest or how the situation was resolved. Certainly, behavior like this can earn guests a lifetime ban from Disney property, especially as the consensus believes it wasn’t an accident. Others who were present solidified Jennifer’s claim that the guest in the water refused a life preserver from cast members.

Because of this, the assumption is that he most likely made the conscious decision to enter as opposed to falling in. As per Jennifer’s Facebook post, the incident happened on the small rafts that escort guests to and from the island. During a trip, the guest apparently made the decision to jump into the water.

man in water at magic kingdom

Credit: Jennifer Jarrell

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For those unfamiliar, Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom is a unique and adventurous attraction that takes guests on a journey back in time to the days of Mark Twain’s famous characters. Located in the heart of the park, this immersive experience offers visitors a chance to explore an island filled with secret caves, wilderness trails, and hidden treasures.

As soon as guests step foot on Tom Sawyer Island, they are transported to a world of imagination and excitement. The island is accessible by raft, which adds an extra touch of adventure to the experience. Once on the island, visitors can embark on their own explorations at their own pace.

One of the highlights of Tom Sawyer Island is Fort Langhorn, a detailed replica of a frontier fort from the 19th century. Inside the fort, guests can climb to the top of the watchtower for a stunning view of the surrounding area. They can also wander through the interior rooms and learn about the history of the American frontier.

tom sawyer island at night

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Nature lovers will be delighted by the lush wilderness trails that wind through the island. As guests wander along the paths, they can encounter picturesque waterfalls, hidden caves, and even a barrel bridge. The island is designed to provide a sense of tranquility and escape from the bustling theme park, offering a chance to reconnect with nature and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors.

For those seeking even more excitement, Tom Sawyer Island features an eerie and mysterious underground passage, one known as Injun Joe’s Cave. As guests explore the dimly lit tunnels, they can discover hidden secrets and relics left behind by the infamous character from Mark Twain’s stories.

The cave adds an element of mystery and suspense to the overall experience, keeping guests on their toes.

tom sawyer island on the river, magic kingdom

Credit: Matthew Paulson, Flickr

Tom Sawyer Island is not just about adventure and exploration but also offers opportunities for relaxation. Guests can find respite at Aunt Polly Dockside Inn, a charming spot to sit back and enjoy a picnic while overlooking the scenic Big Thunder Mountain attraction in Frontierland and the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square.

It’s the perfect place to take a break, refuel, and soak in the atmosphere of the island.

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Credit: Becky Burkett

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Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom is a captivating and immersive attraction that allows guests to step into the world of Mark Twain’s beloved characters. From exploring Fort Langhorn to wandering through the wilderness trails, there is no shortage of adventures on this secluded island.

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique experience, Tom Sawyer Island offers something for everyone.

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These situations are becoming more prevalent at Walt Disney World, with incidents occurring in a few different spots over the last year or so, but even as they rise in popularity, they don’t decrease in danger.

Simply put, when guests enter a Disney Park, they are agreeing to act in accordance with Disney’s rules and regulations. Of course these are in place to protect The Walt Disney Company from lawsuits, but also to keep guests and cast members safe while enjoying a magical time. Stay out of the water, people.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!

About Michael Arnold

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  1. Was on the raft when this happened. He was a disabled person who wasn’t able to pull himself back on the boat. He used the life ring to float to the other side of shore and hade to wait for cast members to assist him out. We later saw him in the park that day still enjoying their time.

  2. My husband and I were in this raft also. The man did not refuse the life preserver.

  3. I don’t understand why people pay all that money to visit Disney World or any other Disney Park just to break the rules. I hope the guy is ok. I sure hope a lesson was learned.

  4. I was also on this raft. As others have said, this man was disabled. He was stranded in the water for at least 20 minutes. There was no emergency response to help him. This was a very dangerous situation and I was surprised that Disney did not have an emergency contingency plan for rescuing guests from the water. It was distressing for many people who witnessed it.

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