This is me.If you are reading this and you have no clue what all the excitement is about, I'll let you in on a Tom Sawyer Island "secret" (I say "secret" because there are enough people who know about it for it to be "out there" but, for whatever reason it is still one of Magic Kingdom's favorite secrets!).
Here are the 5 W's (and one H)
of the hidden paint brushes on Tom Sawyer Island.
What are all these paint brushes about anyway? So here is the story straight off the paint brush I found:
The Tom Sawyer Island attraction is located in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom. Disney's sight gives this information for the attraction on their official Walt Disney World website:
Here is the raft that carried me over the day of my brush find along with some pictures of Tom Sawyer Island on our search for the brush!:"Tom Sawyer Island is a lushly-landscaped outdoor playground in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom theme park where children of all ages can relive the rustic 19th-century adventures depicted in the novels of Mark Twain.The wooded island is surrounded by the pastoral Rivers of America, and the only way to reach the island is aboard a raft that docks at Tom's Landing near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Sail across the river to romp through dense forests, forge rugged trails, cross swinging suspension bridges, explore mysterious caves, take shelter in a frontier fort built from unfinished timber and embark on mischievous, playful adventures—just like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Discover hidden treasures for those who care to do a little exploring; highlights include the mysterious jewels hidden deep in the dark caves, the creaky waterwheel at Harper's Mill, the bouncy barrel bridge and Fort Langhorn with its twisting escape tunnel.
Tom Sawyer Island closes at dusk. Be sure to check the daily schedule for the exact closing time."
The paint brushes look like this...
If you find a paint brush take it to the raft driver and you (and your party) will be awarded a fastpass ticket (What's that again?) for any ride in the Magic Kingdom. On that hot day we rode Splash Mountain (with a 5 minute fast pass wait! Sweet!)...read on to why for pictures of the prize!
Who can look for paint brushes? Anyone. I am an adult and I searched for a paint brush and was rewarded when I presented a found brush to the raft driver. Gold star for me!
Where is Tom Sawyers Island? Tom Sawyer Island Located in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World
Why search for a paint brush? First because it is fun. Seriously fun. Look at me jumping with glee like an idiot! I loved looking for and finding a paint brush. I felt just like Charlie Bucket when he found a golden ticket!
oh and of course, there is the fastpass incentive. This was our prize!
BEST DAY EVER!
How do you look for one? Just take a raft over to Tom Sawyer Island and get creative in your search. Don't over think it. I can't imagine cast members would put a paint brush under pine straw that is laced with prickly bushes and poison ivy-just a thought. Another piece of advise I would like to offer up is to encourage you not to google "how to find a paint brush" in order to find out some hiding spots. That would also suck the fun out. Just go with and open mind. And remember to look in the spirit of magic and fun. It is Disney After all!
When are paint brushes hidden? Paint brushes are hidden over the island daily (although I did read an article about how the paint brushes aren't being hidden as often these days...hopefully that isn't true. I found my brush in June of 2010 if that is any consolation.) As I mentioned earlier most tip sites for the paint brush search suggest you go out on the first raft of the morning so give it a shot and get your eagle eyes ready!