A courageous photographer went deep undercover to show the grim truth behind the Disney parks. Little did we know that part of Disney’s magic is dark magic.

Walt Disney himself has experienced his fair share of infamy. His anti-semitism is widely known, so it’s not surprising that even more secrets are right near the parks.

The place commonly known as the “happiest place on Earth” may be the exact opposite for some people. Next to the park is a smaller island in the middle of Bay Lake, just 300 feet from the shore. In the past, it was used as a smaller park, but now it is used for something much more shocking.

Shipwrecked


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The former park was supposed to resemble a stranded island. The island was to be filled with shipwrecks and abandoned forts. As if that wasn’t creepy enough, they wanted to put inns so people could stay overnight on the forbidden island, well away from the mainland. It was to be called “Blackbeard’s Island.”

The Faux Tropical Island


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Disney planned to import many tropical birds, plants, and other animals. This included a variety of over 600 pelicans, flamingoes, peacocks, plants, flowers, and much more. 

They decided a name change was needed to incorporate the vast and general tropical theme. “Blackbeard’s Island” was soon changed to “Treasure Island” and opened on April 8, 1974.

Failed Island


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The island was expected to attract thousands, but it sadly started to fail just a few years after opening. Disney just couldn’t take no for an answer and decided to amp up the island. 

Again, a name change was in order, and they chose Discovery Island. More exotic animals were flown in from around the world. Amongst these were five of the famous Galapagos tortoises.