This interesting post highlights a side of Disney parks long forgotten. It’s strange for Disney but a good read.
The Disney company owns a huge section of land in Florida. Much of it is used as a park or resort, but there are a few undeveloped areas. Even lesser know, there are some areas that were once a park and now completely abandoned. The two parks are Discovery Island- A natural habitat and wildlife preservation for exotic creatures- and River Country- an “old fashioned swimmin’ hole” waterpark.
Originally Treasure Island, Discovery Island closed in 1999 soon after Animal Kingdom opened, likely because there was no need for two wildlife based parks. Before it’s closure five Disney employees were charged with several counts of mistreating animals. There was even a cage in which nineteen vultures were left to die without food or water. I recommend you read Shane Perez’ blog post on his adventure into the abandoned park.
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