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Exclusive Confirmation of Tom Sawyer Evacuation and Man with a Hatchet

Exclusive Confirmation of Tom Sawyer Evacuation and Man with a Hatchet
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You may have read that Tom Sawyer Island was evacuated at Magic Kingdom due to reports that a man was seen carrying a hatchet at the attraction. Kenny the Pirate has exclusive confirmation of what exactly happened. Get the entire story below!

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Late yesterday afternoon, we broke the news about a potentially dangerous situation that had occurred in the Magic Kingdom over Labor Day weekend.

Reports showed that at approximately 5:40 pm yesterday, September 4, a man was seen in camouflage and carrying a hatchet around Tom Sawyer Island. Guests notified Cast Members, and security personnel were also called to the area.

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According to the forum on DisBoards, the man was reportedly singing/humming songs from the Country Bear Jamboree attraction.

At the time, details were still murky as it was a breaking news/ongoing story situation. However, we have exclusive confirmation from a trusted source of what happened. Where did the hatchet come from? Was he found and/or arrested? What were his intentions?

Exclusive Confirmation


Our source tells us the man was actually a young adult – either 17 or 18 years old. He was with his mother, but she was not on the island with him.

If you have never been on Tom Sawyer Island, it is located in Frontierland but you have to board a log raft to get there.

The man stole the hatchet that is used as a prop decoration for the Tom Sawyer Island queue. It is probably safe to say we will never see that again.


He also stole a lamp and a few other props and laid them all around the island. The Guest then went through the cave on the island scaring people “like Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando.

He went through the cave scaring people as if it were Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando.

Guests began to notify Cast Members who then notified security. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office also received a call about the incident shortly before 6 pm and arrived on the scene. They arrested him with trespassing, among other charges.

It’s probably safe to say he is getting banned from Disney World although we do not have confirmation of that.



Because the incident occurred shortly before Tom Sawyer Island’s posted closing time (6 pm), once Guests were evacuated the attraction remained closed the rest of the night.

We are unsure if the attraction is reopening today, but we will assume it is.

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  1. Sorry but more security will do nothing but actually stop people from coming and putting up fences so that people can’t get off will just take away from the experience all together. Disney does a great job. Teens will always find a way of getting into trouble no matter the amount of security you got. What they should do is post big signs at entrance to park that states that they will press charges on anyone that causes any type of trouble in the park and will never be able to enter the park again.

  2. He probably had a camera filming this. I blame parents who are more interested in filming than disciplining. You tube, tik-tok, facebook… they all have videos of “pranks” it’s gotta stop..put your phones down and parent

  3. I can’t tell you how many times they stole the poison apple in Snow White’s dark Ride at Disneyland… But there is no way that additional cameras and guards are going to stop people from trying to get something… What the kid needs to understand is the spirit of Disney and truly understand that it is an entirely different experience from a Universal Park with Universal studios methods of entertainment… Along with a good dose of some manners and etiquette of course.

  4. Jayne I have kids too and understand your concern. However, I don’t think we need guards on every ride. The presence of guards everywhere, I believe will scare people even more. Security measures to eliminate props for patrons to gain access to and beefing up check in security scans is less invasive and allows for a more enjoyable experience. Making rides more secure by preventing people from getting off or wandering during the experience, will work fine. Smart and invisible security is the goal, not more lock down in person control.

  5. Did you even read the article? 10,000 guards wouldn’t have prevented this. There’s zero chance this stops people from coming if even Covid doesn’t. Nice virtue-signal, though. 9/10.

  6. This horrible, it’s Clear that Disney really and truly has to up the Security. Too many crazy people people think it’s funny to scare others. Children will be affected by this forever. This may have been a joke to this guy but, this is really serious and just shouldn’t be happening in Disney or for that matter any where. They may have to put guards on all rides. It wasn’t long ago that Disney had a problem with Living with the land , where some people jumped off the ride to steal a cucumber. They have to stop this putting more Monitored cameras. And more people watching what’s going on. If they don’t, people will stop coming, when it comes to the safety of our children and us.
    Get more guards now Disney

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