Discovery Island

Last Updated on: September 24th, 2022

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Discovery Island area including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!

Discovery Island Description

Discovery Island | Extinct Disney World AttractionsDiscovery Island is a small island in the Bay Lake portion of Walt Disney World Resort. From 1974-1999, it operated as a sort of Zoological exhibit. All of the animals that were housed on the island were moved to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1999 and the island has sat unoccupied since.

Disney World guests are currently strictly prohibited from visiting the island, although there are a number of amazing urban explorer videos on YouTube which show what the island looks like now.

Discovery Island Details

  • Disney Resort: Walt Disney World Resort
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  • Year Opened: 1974
  • Year Opened: 1999
  • Replaced By: Nothing

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