I have heard the story that when Walt Disney first flew over the Florida marshes
that would one day become Walt Disney World one of the
first things that attracted him to it was Bay Lake.When Walt Disney
surveyed central Florida seeking a location for his "new world," he flew over
Bay Lake and spotted the 14 acre island near its center. Those who
accompanied him that day say that Walt decided then and there that this --
among all locations studied -- was the ideal choice.
(The Story of Walt Disney World 1971 edition p18.)
That island, in Bay Lake, at that time was named Riles Island, before that it had two other names
(Raz Isle and Idle Bay Isle).
Of course when Disney bought the land it gained a new name again. On the early map in the "story of WDW"
book this isle is referred to as Blackbeards Island, by the time they got around to
developing the Island, April 8, 1974, the name had morphed once again
to Treasure Island, but the Pirate theme never really stuck as the real focus
of the Island became wildlife (primarily bird) conservation.
So in 1977 the name changed once again to Discovery Island. There is a
wonderful more detailed article on it on the Widen Your World
web site at
http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/trislnd.htm which notes that the Blackbeard
Island name was re-assigned to one of the three man made islands of the Seven
Seas Lagoon. There is also a nice page on the subject at Walt Dated World
website where I learned the names the Island had before Disney bought it (Raz Isle and
Idle Bay Isle)
As many of you are probably aware the name Discovery
Island now belongs to the central area in Animal Kingdom that
contains the tree of life and has bridges reaching out from it to the other "lands" of Animal Kingdom.
The birds that were on the Island are at Animal
Kingdom as well of course. I guess the original Discovery Island
is still called that too... though, since it is un-used perhaps there is little
reason to refer to it at all these days. Still if there comes a time when the isle comes back into use
I think it would make sense to give it it's own name perhaps one of the names
it had pre-Disney or the Treasure Island name could be used again.
cards 0111-0372 and 0111-0371 both bear the same title to their caption TREASURE ISLAND
This image appears both as 0111-0375 MICKEY MOUSE AND GOOFY ON TREASURE ISLAND and 0111-0375 MICKEY MOUSE AND GOOFY ON DISCOVERY ISLAND
0111-2501 EXOTIC BIRDS ROAM DISCOVERY ISLAND, 0111-2502 BIRDS SANCTUARY ON DISCOVERY ISLAND, 0111-2503 ROYAL INHABITANT OF DISCOVERY ISLAND, 0111-2504 EXOTIC BIRDS ON DISCOVERY ISLAND, and 0111-2505 A TOUCAN CAN ON DISCOVERY ISLAND