If you are one of those who have no use for either Tom Sawyer Island or the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, then this thread is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you are the parent of a young child, or are an explorer-at-heart, then you may enjoy this.
How do you rank Tom Sawyer Island vs. Redwood Creek? Here's my ranking:
TSI has rafts that make getting there half the fun, while RC you just walk into. Winner: TSI
RC climbing walls are the only place where I donít have to remind my kids to keep their feet on the ground, but TSI has dark pirate caves. Winner: TSI
As I pause to consider whether I can fit through the small cave opening on TSI, my kids have disappeared to the other side of the island. At RC, some of the experiences are ďkids only,Ē but the trails are wide, the clearances are high, and keeping up is no problem. Winner: RC
Although I miss the days when you could buy a cold iced tea at Ft. Wilderness (or is my memory playing tricks on me?), TSI does have a restroom with the coolest hand air-dryer Iíve ever used. RC has no bathroom, but on the other hand, restrooms AND snacks are nearby. Winner: tie
The Brother Bear show is cute (the kids like it), while the pirates are cool, but totem poles don't belong in the redwoods, and pirates on Tom Sawyer Island seem a bit out of place. No points.
RC has redwood trees, but the towers and bridges seem a little, well, Disneyfied. Plus, they overlook a hotel swimming pool. TSI has dirt trails, and a view of a river with canoes and a steamboat. Winner: TSI.
Final tally: TSI 4, RC 2.
What's your comparison?