It’s 1957. You’ve just set foot on Tom Sawyer Island after a ride on a Tom Sawyer Island Raft across the Rivers of America. You spent a “D” ticket for this attraction. That’s the highest denomination.


Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Castle Rock Ridge

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  • FerretAfros

    I recently got to visit Tokyo Disneyland, and they still have the original TSI layout, complete with the undecorated Castle Rock, Merry-Go-Round Rock, Teeter-Totter Rock and fully open Fort Wilderness. It really felt like simpler times on the island, and the well-behaved Japanese guests managed to not get injured on any of it

    • ChrisNJ

      Tokyo’s TSI also gives out maps. One of the best free souvenirs.

  • eicarr

    The fort, or similar play, rest and refreshment area needs to come back. The island is missing a little something.

    I enjoy the cave and bridge area pirate upgrades.

  • blueohanaterror

    Love the last two lines. Quite pointed observation.

  • Country Bear

    “It was part of Disneyland’s $2 million expansion for 1956, which also included the Skyway, Rainbow Caverns Mine Train Ride, the Indian Village, Indian War Canoes, and the transformation of Canal Boats of the World into Storybook Land Canal Boats.”

    Wow, this many attractions added in one year (some of them major)? We’ll never see this happen again at a Disney park. (Carsland was an entire land, and as such was more of an anomaly).
    Those were the days!

    Thanks for the article Werner.

  • MRaymond

    Great article. I remember being deathly afraid of Castle Rock and the treehouse. It was 1970, I was 9 and there weren’t any hand rails. I never fell off but I felt like I might. When I got older I noticed how low the rails actually were before they added the hand rails, scary. I had friends who tried to climb the outside of castle rock. These were the same guys who tried to get the rocks to spin faster. I blame them for the changes.