Discovery Island - Worth it?

TrevorA

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I have a feeling that this may turn into a "Holy lord, I can't believe he said that" type of thread, but I'm gonna go ahead anyway.

Suppose someone wanted to make an "excursion" over to Discovery Island. Would one encounter any problems along the way, and is it even worth it?


---TrevorA
 

TrevorA

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Also, I wanted to post this in General Discussion, so feel free to move it.


---TrevorA
 
The only way to get there is by taking you SeaRaycer to one of the docks and hopping out which is extremely risky. I'm sure a passing boat will see your empty SeaRaycer by the dock and report it.

But you can try it, take pics, and let us all know what it's like 10 years after it closed!

PS: I was being sarcastic buddy. DON'T DO IT!
 

rainfully

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TERRIFYING!!!

I would not... but that's just me... yikes...

The thought of it gives me the heebie jeebies.
 

hpyhnt 1000

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NO! The area is closed off for a reason. Any infrastructure that is still there is litterally falling apart and very dangerous. Besides risking bodily injury to yourself, security will not take too kindly to it and you face the very real possibility of being escorted off the property. At any rate, you would be lucky to get within 100 yards of the island before security would notice and tell you to move away, let along make it onto the island. There are some areas where "excursions" are less dangerous and more plausible; Discovery Island is NOT one of them.
 

Main Street USA

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Not to mention the fact that there are gators in the water, and also likely in the swampy area that IS the current Discovery Island. Risk death for a quick look? Not me.
 

marni1971

WDW History nut
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3 words; don`t be stupid.

It is off limits, not a guest area, and potentially dangerous.
 

raven

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3 words; don`t be stupid.

It is off limits, not a guest area, and potentially dangerous.

Getting detained by Disney until Orange Co. shows up to arrest you for trespassing isn't any idea of fun, especially since Disney will press charges to the fullest extent.

But that area may be re-developed in the coming years anyway so I say wait until then.
 

TalkingHead

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Not to mention the fact that there are gators in the water, and also likely in the swampy area that IS the current Discovery Island. Risk death for a quick look? Not me.

What's your point? There are alligators in nearly every body of freshwater in Florida. 99.999999% of the time they're not even dangerous.
 

Alektronic

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Is it even called Discovery Island anymore? When they closed it down and moved everything to AK, then they renamed Safari Village to Discovery Island.
 

s8film40

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I know a few people who have done this. Whether it is worth it would be something only you could determine for yourself. For many it's not worth the risks, for a few it is. I will say the few that I know that have done this did not do so in the Sea Racer boats or other boats you can rent. The problem with these boats is you will have to tie it to the dock and even if no one spots you docking it it will eventually be spotted while your enjoying your visit to the island.

There are some risks you should consider:
First, it is most definitely not allowed and as has been stated you could likely find your self leaving the property via an Orange County vehicle.

Most of the docks and walkways are in disrepair, you could potentially fall through or otherwise hurt yourself.

There is an overabundance of wildlife. Alligators, Snakes, spiders and insects.

The payoff if you do go is a pretty interesting experience, and everyone I know has brought back some really neat mementos.

My suggestion would be to first try out the walkway around Bay Lake to the east of Ft. Wilderness, this walkway while not specifically off limits (at least the last time I was there) is in a similar state of disrepair and has a similar amount of wildlife. This at least would give you an idea of what to expect.

If you do go, and I don't recommend it especially if you don't have a boat other than the Sea Racer or other rentable boats, good look and be sure to take some photos for us.
 

meganw1985

Active Member
Those blog pics are so cool, yet so weird. It literally looks like Disney abandoned the island. Why do they do stuff like that? Leave and just let everything stay behind? It's so suspicious looking...
 
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