BySam McCormick, writer at Creators.co
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Located in Bay Lake, Florida, Disney's 'Treasure Island' once acted as an animal observation park, but today it is something completely different.

When it opened in 1974, there were high hopes for the attraction which was later renamed 'Discovery Island' The island was bought in 1965 by the man himself, Walt Disney. Who turned it into a place for tourists to observe wildlife including flamingos, swans, lemurs and tortoises, some of the coolest animals may I add.

The park, in all of its glory, drew a large audience and was operated by many employees.

With the flamingoes, in 1981. Picture: Steven & Courtney Johnson & Horwitz
With the flamingoes, in 1981. Picture: Steven & Courtney Johnson & Horwitz

However in 1999, the dream came to an end, the observation island was closed for mysterious reasons. The animals were relocated, with many going to the then newly-opened Disney attraction, Animal Kingdom.

Fun on the island. Picture: Steven & Courtney Johnson & Horwitz
Fun on the island. Picture: Steven & Courtney Johnson & Horwitz

While rumors swirled in 2009 that it would be overhauled with a Lost theme, it never happened and today the island remains off-limits.

Shipwreck at Treasure Island, in 1977. Picture: Steven & Courtney Johnson & Horwitz
Shipwreck at Treasure Island, in 1977. Picture: Steven & Courtney Johnson & Horwitz

The last known visitor was local photographer Shane Perez who swam out to the island a few years ago to snap some eerie photos of what remains, it ain't pretty.

The ferry dock for visitors to the island.
The ferry dock for visitors to the island.

So what did he find? Lights left on, and reptiles in jars.

“Disney seems to like keeping all the lights on even in their abandoned properties in order to give the impression that they are still functional, it's a bit eerie.” Perez said.

Let's be honest, who wouldn't consider that a bit creepy.

Take a look at some of the snaps Perez took:

The lights were on, but nobody was home...
The lights were on, but nobody was home...
Some cages remain, open and rusting away.
Some cages remain, open and rusting away.
An old storage area, or perhaps a veterinary area?
An old storage area, or perhaps a veterinary area?
Some preserved snakes in odd containers. Creepy.
Some preserved snakes in odd containers. Creepy.
Two young vultures tried to scare Shane off.
Two young vultures tried to scare Shane off.

That's all that remains of Disney's island. I don't think I'll be traveling there anytime soon, looks spooky...

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