Local 6 Theme World: Ken's Hidden Gem

By Ken Pilcher, Producer, kpilcher@wkmg.com
Published On: Nov 18 2013 04:25:43 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 21 2013 04:25:48 PM EST
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Welcome to Local 6 Theme World

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November 18, 2013

Ken's Hidden Gem

Happy Theme Park Week here at Local 6 and ClickOrlando.com. I was happy to help lend a little perspective to the Local 6 Morning News team when they decided to do a week-long look at the parks from the perspective of us locals.


To help with that --  we turned to you, the viewer/reader,  through our Local 6 Facebook Page

Part one (Monday Morning) featured some of your favorite hidden gems in the parks.  Here's a link to our top ten -- from your comments.

Of those hidden gems, I personally am most fond of Tom Sawyer's Island. The idea was Walt Disney's own -- and our version at Walt Disney World is the last to retain the simple purity of a place where kids can run, hide and explore that you have to get to by slow-moving raft.

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 No, it doesn't have any animatronics, or a theme song.  
 But it does have a bouncy barrel bridge that makes children of all ages smile (even those of us over 30 without children).
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 It also has some intriguing caves that are remarkably winding and dark -- with a few simpler special effects and mechanical figures.
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Simple is the name of the game. There are many times when you are wandering the island where you really can think you aren't in a theme park.  That's the definition of "immersive entertainment."
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 For the more active, there's a windmill to explore
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A fort that you reach by suspension bridge (that also gives you great views of Thunder Mountain) and lets little ones climb and "shoot" guns and cannons.


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The fort also has  simply -done looks at the simple life Frontierland is set in.

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But (other than the bridge and the nature trails ) the best thing for adults who just need a break to stop and watch the birds and lizards for a few minutes -- while the kids run off and play -- There's a porch near the barrel bridge attached to a cottage that used to be a restaurant (Aunt Polly's)  

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Keep your emails, questions, tips and comments coming! I always appreciate the feedback.

You can always find all of my blog entries at www.clickorlando.com/themeparks

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