The Official Ticket Center ~ Probably the story of Walt Disney World wouldn’t have been completed had Walt not spotted an inspiringly beautiful island in the Bay Lake long back. This little unspoiled looking island is considered to be the harbinger of the Disney World Project that tends to fascinate millions of theme park lovers today. The island itself being a natural gift had been a real source of inspiration for the Disney imaginers. It had played a unique role in the making of the greatest and happiest place on this Earth ever. Today while Discovery Island is no more a part of Disney attraction, its glorious past still inspires many Disney fans and visitors who had toured the island earlier.
The history of this abandoned Disney area narrates an interesting story which goes back to the time when it was known as Raz Island (between 1900 and 1937). From a great family living retreat and farming ground to favorite hunting retreat of a group of local business people, the Island had catered to different needs of its past owners. After Disney purchased the Island in 1965, it became the inspiration for the world’s largest and greatest theme park development initiative ever.
Being an unspoiled gift of Mother Nature, the Island occupied a unique place among all other man-made land-attractions as featured in the Walt Disney World Resort. The Discovery Island is intended as a nice and relaxing diversion for Disney World guests. Guests were transported to the Island by a boat ride from the Contemporary Resort or Fort Wilderness (the resort hotels along the Magic Kingdom Monorail Loop nearby).
During its twenty-five years of service as a nice little diversion attraction by Disney, it developed an unforgettable bond with its visitors and guests. From being a rather low-keyed and relaxing pirate themed-area called Treasure Island to a more rich and lush tropical Discovery Island and finally its abandonment in the year 1999, it’s a long long journey that was perished only to be remembered forever.
The original Discovery Island is closed for the public forever, but the very spirit it shared is still alive and actively practiced in Disney Animal Kingdom now. The emphasis on providing animals with the best of natural habitats and care is advocated in detail precision at Animal Kingdom today. There is also an exclusive Discovery Island Trail attraction that can be found at the Disney Park. Here one can discover the diverse botanical environment, including extensive habitat of wildlife and other secrets of nature the lost Discovery Island boasts of long before.
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