Trespassers brag on Internet that they infiltrated former Discovery Island at Walt Disney World

Posted Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:00 PM | Contributed by kevin38

A former Walt Disney World attraction that has been closed for years is once again being visited by tourists, but what the visitors are doing is extremely dangerous and possibly illegal. Discovery Island, located in the middle of Disney’s Bay Lake, is off-limits to resort guests. For a group of adventurers that make it their mission to explore forbidden territory and brag about it on the Internet, that does not apply to them.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:03 PM

While I don't condone what they (allegedly) did, it is kind of fascinating a Jurassic Park II kind of way. Until the T-Rex finds you, anyway.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:35 PM

I didn't even want to go to Discovery Island when it was open! ;)

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:38 PM

I visited it in 1992 - my how the "greening" of the earth can reclaim things...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:39 PM

Yikes, on his blog he says that he later learned there are gators in those waters, as well as some sort of serious bacteria.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:33 PM

Interesting, I was looking for somewhat current pictures of Discovery Island a few months ago after Screamscape posted a link to those pictures of River Country. It seems so unlike Disney to leave stuff like that but I guess with the island, they figured no one would see what it currently looks like.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:41 PM

Its an ameoba not a bacteria, its known as the "brain eating ameoba" which is fairly accurate. Virtually every fresh water lake and river has it in abundance, but the good thing is that it stays as an inactive cyst until the water becomes above 89 degrees. Thankfully no fresh water in this country gets above that consistantly, the huge exception being all of Florida's inland lakes which is why there is no swimming in fresh water lakes there, Bay Lake included.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:43 PM

"Perez told Local 6 News reporter via phone that the wasn't too worried about getting caught, and he said she knows of other groups who have been also ventured onto Discovery Island."

...Was it the proofreader's day off or something?

Is it wrong of me to admire what this guy is doing, even though it is against the law and dangerous?

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 12:01 AM

^No... it's interesting, it's ok if you admire it :)

I guess they couldn't have taken a small inflatable boat over? I couldn't swim in there myself. After seeing so many movies as a kid (and now) I'm still afraid of water that's not a pool. Jaws, Piranha, Gators, Jason... Still affects me today (but I do love to swim and I still love those movies).

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 1:04 AM

Pagoda Gift Shop said:
Yikes, on his blog he says that he later learned there are gators in those waters...

Which gives him moron status. It's Florida, what would you expect?

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:36 AM

Man. I love abandoned stuff, and I love Disney. I only wish my first visit to WDW hadn't been right after they closed the island. I was there so close to closing, they still had the spiel for it on the monorail. :(

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 8:29 AM

There was something on here about another abandoned Disney island a while back, this one in the Caribbean. It was a private island that was a stop for their cruise ship guests. It was small, so the big ships had to dock on the mainland and then they'd shuttle people on smaller boats.

It has been abandoned for years, and because of the cost of getting equipment in and out, it was left virtually in tact. People have looted it since... someone took a boat out there and went exploring. It was pretty interesting to see as well.


edit: here it is.

Last edited by kpjb, Thursday, April 22, 2010 8:32 AM
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Thursday, April 22, 2010 10:47 AM

THIS is totally where they should open that LOST attraction. Bring in a wrecked plane, have FLocke in his smoke monster form, the possibilities are endless :-).

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 11:20 AM

This just jarred my memory. Haven't checked out this site in a while.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 12:02 PM

kpjb said:
edit: here it is.

COCONUT LOL!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 4:32 PM

I really hope Disney seeks charges for Tresspassing. Doing stuff like that is really cool if they had got proper permission, but most people who do this kind of stuff only look to cause damage or burn something :(

Last edited by Ken Jones, Thursday, April 22, 2010 4:34 PM
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Thursday, April 22, 2010 5:21 PM

Jeff said:
While I don't condone what they (allegedly) did, it is kind of fascinating a Jurassic Park II kind of way. Until the T-Rex finds you, anyway.

That is what i was thinking when I sent it in

Also what kind of lights burn for how many year since this has been closed. Would not leaving power (and lights) on be a fire hazard ? Do you think they send maintenance people there just to check things out from time to time ?
I really do not think disney would let gators stay in this water
for very long without relocating them.

Maybe the power is still on because the freezer with Walts body is here ;)

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:31 PM

Ken Jones said:
...Doing stuff like that is really cool if they had got proper permission...

On the contrary, it'd be boring and sanitized if they had gotten permission.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 8:31 PM

kpjb said:

Ken Jones said:
...Doing stuff like that is really cool if they had got proper permission...

On the contrary, it'd be boring and sanitized if they had gotten permission.

It better than clearly breaking the law..

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 8:52 PM

What a jack ass this guy and his crew are for filming it and publishing it on the internet. He just provided all the proof Disney needs to pursue charges. I love stupid criminals, they are so much easier to prosecute.

Available charges here so far;

- Trespassing.
- Burglary - Felony
- Vandalism (even if they broke one piece of rooting wood).
- Criminal Mischief.
- Whatever else Disney lawyers could throw in there....

Total morons... I hope Disney pursues prosicutions just on principle alone... After-all, if one of these idiots got hurt there, they would probably try to sue Disney as liability (no big fences and hundred guards on the site to make sure Darwin Award bound idiots try to get to the island.

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