Discovery Island, 1991

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Title

Discovery Island, 1991

Alternative Title

Discovery Island

Subject

Orlando (Fla.)
Lake Buena Vista (Fla.)
Theme parks
Lakes--Florida

Description

Discovery Island, located at the Walt Disney World Resort Bay Lake near Orlando, Florida, in September of 1991. Before the arrival of Walt Disney World, the 11.5-acre island was called Raz Island, in honor of the family that inhabited it. In the late 1930s, Delmar "Radio Nick" S. Nicholson (1898-1978) purchased the property and renamed it Idle Bay Isle. Twenty years later, the island was sold and renamed Riles Island, which was used as retreat for hunting.

Disney finally bought the island in 1965, prior to the construction of the Walt Disney World Resort. On April 8, 1974, the property opened to guests as Treasure Island. Some years later, it was designated as a zoological park and renamed Discovery Island. On April 8, 1999, the park was closed to the public and all animals were relocated to Disney's Animal Kingdom or other zoos. Despite talks of developing Myst Island in cooperation of the developers of the video game Myst, the park remains closed to the public.

Source

Original color photographs, September 1991: Private Collection of Nancy Lynn Cepero.

Date Created

ca. 1991-09

Contributor

Cepero, Nancy Lynn

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original color photographs, September 1991.

Is Part Of

Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

135 KB
197 KB

Medium

2 color photographs

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Discovery Island, Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Geography Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Nancy Lynn Cepero and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Discovery Island." Walt Disney World. http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/guides/river/river.htm.
"Discovery Island Closed by Brain-Eating Amoeba?" Yesterland. http://www.yesterland.com/rivercountry.html.
"Discovery Island Abandoned." Modern Day Ruins. http://www.moderndayruins.com/2008/01/disneys-river-country.html.

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