Walt Disney World Discovery Island (1999) Lemur, Tortise, Crane Pin
All of these costs are included in what you are paying. In the past our images were made using a scanner or camera at very high resolution, exposing many minor flaws that are NOT visible to the human eye. Please know that as these images are also at very high resolution, flaws, marks, and other imperfections not or barely visible to the human eye may be exposed. I also remove the outer plastic wrapper in order to give the images a cleaner line and I return them to the wrapper after taking the image. Located adjacent to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, this attraction has been gradually eroding since 1999 when it closed for good. Discovery Island is an 11.5-acre (4.7 ha) island in Bay Lake, Florida. It is located on the property of Walt Disney World in the city of Bay Lake. Between 1974 and 1999, it was an attraction open to guests, who could observe its many species of animals and birds. Disney originally named it Treasure Island, and later renamed it Discovery Island. It currently sits abandoned, but can be seen by any watercraft in Bay Lake. Discovery Island is now the name of one of the lands in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From 1900 to 1937, the island was known as Raz Island, named after the family that lived there. Disney bought it in 1965 as part of its strategic property acquisitions before building the Walt Disney World Resort. Delmar lived on the island and grew exotic plants prior to the island’s acquisition by Disney. The island opened as Treasure Island on April 8, 1974, as a place to observe wildlife, and was later renamed Discovery Island when it was recognized as a zoological park. The island’s facilities were the home of the last known Dusky Seaside Sparrow before it died in July 1987. In 1989, Disney was accused by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals of mistreating vultures that landed on Discovery Island. Disney confirmed some of them died while being captured by their employees. Following this allegation, State and Federal officials charged Disney with 16 counts of animal cruelty. These charges were ultimately dropped after Disney made improvements, but did not admit to wrongdoings. Discovery Island closed to the public on April 8, 1999, exactly 25 years after its opening. But continued to operate until July 9, 1999, at which point all of its animals had been relocated to Disney’s Animal Kingdom (whose Safari Village hub area was renamed Discovery Island) and other zoos. 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. As of 2022, all original buildings and attractions remain on the island, though several have sustained major damage from hurricanes and natural decay. Disney also considered teaming up with Cyan Worlds to turn the island into a replica of the titular island from the video game Myst, where visitors would solve puzzles while exploring, though this never came to fruition. Today, the island can easily be seen from Walt Disney World Monorail, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, as well as from boat trips between them. It is adjacent to Disney’s River Country, which closed in November 2001. Year of Release: 1999? Where Released: Walt Disney World. Traders Having This Pin: 3. Traders Wanting This Pin: 68. Edition Type/Size: Unknown Edition Size. Please read all information below! PLEASE ALSO NOTE, ALL claims for damaged, or missing items must be made to me via. Within 48 hours of receipt of the package. Any failure to follow these guidelines results in ALL liability being borne by the purchaser. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Disneyana\Contemporary (1968-Now)\Pins, Patches & Buttons\Theme Parks\Walt Disney World”. The seller is “hidden_walt” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Bahamas, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Egypt, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Cayman Islands, Martinique, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.
- Brand: Disney
- Character/Story/Theme: Discovery Island
- Year: 1999
- Time Period Manufactured: Contemporary (1968-Now)
- Country/Region of Manufacture: China