Goodbye, Tom Sawyer. Ahoy, Capt. Jack Sparrow.
If Disney film execs have their way, a "Pirates of the Caribbean"-themed attraction reportedly will take over Tom Sawyer Island – a Disneyland playground designed by Walt Disney himself.
The Disney watchdog Web site, miceage.com, reported Wednesday that the island, which began in 1956, will be updated. Disneyland officials refused to confirm or deny the news.
"We're always looking at ways of doing things differently. It could happen. Or it could not," Disney spokesman Bob Tucker said.
Theme-park visitors board rafts to get to the island featuring caves, secret passageways, tunnels and rope bridges – all inspired by Mark Twain's books.
In 2003, Disneyland rehabilitated many of the island's features to make them safer, said Al Lutz, the Web site's editor.
"The island is just a shadow of what it used to be," he said.
Lutz said executives, who cashed in on movies based on the Disneyland pirate ride, are pushing for the island makeover in time for the third movie's release next year.
"I think they are just reacting to the marketplace," Lutz said.