Soon after Al Lutz' initial report regarding the Tom Sawyer Island re-theming Chuck Oberleitner reported that Disney was DOWNPLAYING the news, sort of shrugging it off, but at the same time Disney was neither confirming nor denying it in his 10/10 column:
Disney Imagineers, who are responsible for designing the attractions at the company's theme parks, have downplayed reports by an unofficial Disneyland website that the company is planning to turn Tom Sawyer's Island, one of the original Disneyland attractions, into a Pirates of the Caribbean Island in time for the release of next year's Pirates sequel. In an interview with the O-meon website ("for the grownup geek in all of us"), one Imagineer remarked that the project could not be completed on such short notice. Others said no one had seen any designs for such an attraction. Moreover, they noted, changing Tom Sawyer's Island would also mean changing the Americana theme surrounding it. Indeed, asked one Imagineer, "What are guests going to think of the Mark Twain [a stern-wheel riverboat] gliding around a tropical island?"
Then, just yesterday, Al Lutz noted that the plans are still working thier way through the approval process in his 10/31: Surfacing column:
That was the news we let you in on last time regarding the plans to retheme Tom Sawyer Island to pirates to capitalize on the Billion dollar profits the movie franchise is raking in. That plan, coyly neither confirmed nor denied by Disney spokesmen to the press, has continued to work its frenzied way through the approval channels. It came as quite a shock to lots of folks in both TDA and even WDI's offices in Glendale when the word leaked in our last update, but the plan has been moving forward very rapidly in the last few weeks. Last week at Disneyland the Island remained closed until Noon each day as Imagineers and engineering survey crews could easily be seen from the decks of the passing Mark Twain climbing all over the island running through their design options.
...So nobody's really said that the Island re-theme was nixed. In fact, the whole thing is still very much alive and kicking as far as we know.