WDW's Discovery Island

Walt Disney World: Possible uses for the defunct Discovery Island

From Orrin Carstarphen
Posted December 5, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Disney needs to turn the now unused Discovery Island into a Jules Verne themed Mysterious Island attraction. Journey to the Center of the Earth E-Ticket as well as some type of 20000 leagues attraction (as much as I loved the original it does not have the ride capacity to be brought back). Bring the Balloon ride from Downtown Disney to represent "Around the World in 80 Days". A couple more D or C ticket rides and this could easily compete with Universal's WWoHP. What do you think, could this work?

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted December 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM
I don't think the islands big enough for all that.

From Tim Hillman
Posted December 6, 2012 at 2:16 PM
You're right, Andrew, Discovery Island isn't big enough to hold a complete gate all by itself, but Disney could carve a big chunk out of Bay Lake and create something on the order of Tokyo DisneySea. That lake was created in the 70s, and nothing says it can't get converted back to solid land again.

Unfortunately, that would require a massive infusion of cash, and with no deep-pocketed partner to pony up the funds like the Tokyo Land Company, it is not going to happen in the States.

From Orrin Carstarphen
Posted December 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM
It wouldn't have to be a complete gate and they could have some type of Nautilus ride to transport back and forth to the Island, ala the Hogwart's Express that Universal is installing.

From Flavio de Souza
Posted December 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM
Disney could convert the Island and that old water park nearby into a "discovery cove" type park.

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