One may also ask, can you visit Discovery Island?
Although it might be tempting to visit the abandoned island for yourself, as a few bloggers, vloggers, and photographers have done in the recent past, remember that Discovery Island is not open to the public and you should not attempt to visit it.
Correspondingly, is River country still abandoned?
When Disney River Country opened in 1976, visitors flocked to Orange County, Florida, to ride the winding slides and traverse the wooden bridges. The park closed down 25 years later, and today, it lies abandoned.
What happened to Disney abandoned island?
Disney has ditched several projects over the years, leaving the parks to decay naturally over time. River Country was the first water park at the Walt Disney Resort, but three children died there. Walt Disney World’s Discovery Island was left to rot in 1999 and has been untouched since.
It’s been 10 years since the rotating dance floor at Mannequins Dance Palace went for a spin. The building that housed that Pleasure Island nightclub is now home to Morimoto Asia, a stationary restaurant surrounded by shops, eateries and themed experiences.
Disney officials stated that the Pleasure Island nightclub closures are in response to customers who desire more broad-based dining and retail opportunities.
In 2005 they finally announced that the park would never reopen, and it was left to deteriorate. Some say the park closed not due to unpopularity, but because of the dangers in the park. Rumors said a dangerous amoeba was in the Bay Lake water and the filtration process was not sufficient for swimming.
“Unfortunately, given the current industry conditions, it has been impossible for us to continue to operate without losing money,” the chain’s CEO told employees. CHICAGO — Treasure Island, the beloved local grocery chain that first opened in 1963, told its employees it will be closing its locations in two weeks.
Although Disney never officially stated its reasons for closing the park, poor attendance and high maintenance costs, combined with the newer and bigger Disney’s Animal Kingdom being opened a year before, are the most likely causes. Since its closing, the island has sat largely abandoned, with no signs of development.
Disney World once had a separate theme park on a private island called Discovery Island that was focused on birds and fauna. It closed in 1999. Today, the abandoned park remains guarded and no one is allowed on.