12-14-2003, 11:48 AM
Life's An E Ticket
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Sasquatch Territory, Pacific Northwest
Concierge Level: 7
Amazing, But True: Disneyland Facts #2
In September 2001 the L.A. Times identified "perhaps the most altered attraction [in Disneyland]: the cabin on Tom Sawyer's Island. For nearly 20 years, the victim of an Indian arrow lay sprawled in front of a burning settler's cabin. In the 1970s, in the middle of the gas crisis, Disneyland turned off the flames for roughly a decade, Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez said. In 1984, the park began using a simulated flame and the settler was replaced with a moonshiner passed out on the porch. Then apparently even drunkenness became taboo for Disney. 'Now there's nothing out there but wildlife,' Gomez said. 'It just looks like an old abandoned cabin. The theme became how an animal habitat was endangered by a fire caused by a careless settler.'"