5 Abandoned Things at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has a bad habit of closing attractions and then just up and leaving them there. Many of these attractions haven’t been touched in decades. These once beloved pieces of Walt Disney World are now just slowly crumbling away.


5) Mike Fink Keel Boat Dock in the Magic Kingdom

You’ve probably seen the Mike Fink Keel Boat dock in the Magic Kingdom a thousand times and never thought twice about it. Sitting next to Liberty Belle Riverboat’s dock on the Rivers of America is a small dock. The Mike Fink Keel Boats were an opening day attraction in the Magic Kingdom. The two boats; the Gullywhumper and the Bertha Mae, were free-floating boats that sailed daily around the Rivers of America. The dock still remains in the Magic Kingdom even after the two boats stopped sailing on April 29, 2001. Disney has kept the dock from crumbling but hasn’t used it for anything since 2001.


4) Rainbow Corridor in the Imagination Pavilion

One of the most iconic locations in Epcot is the Rainbow Corridor. From 1982 to 1998, the Rainbow Corridor was part of ImageWorks and was once housed in the upstairs part of the Imagination Pavilion. That location is now a Disney Vacation Club lounge, but the Rainbow Corridor could very well still be there. Knowing Disney’s history, the corridor could still remain behind the wall to the lounge untouched. If you never had the opportunity to see the Rainbow Corridor, it was essentially a large winding tunnel that featured different moving colored lights.


3) Wonders of Life Pavilion

It might not be technically abandoned, but it has become as some call it “the Wonders of Sadness.” It is now used exclusively as the Festival Center for both the Food and Wine Festival and the Flower and Garden Festival, but for over half of the year, the Festival Center/Wonders of Life pavilion is essentially abandoned. There are no longer any operational attractions in the pavilion as it officially closed on January 1, 2007. Because it is so heavily used as a Festival Center now, it will most likely never return as a pavilion with permanent attractions or shows in it. There are no credible reports that either of the attractions were ever dismantled, which means the entire Body Wars and/or Cranium Command could be very much intact and operational.


2) Disney’s River Country

Walt Disney World’s first water park, Disney’s River Country, opened on June 20th, 1976. For a long time, Disney’s River Country was hugely successful as Walt Disney World’s “old-fashioned swimming hole,” but as new water parks came to Walt Disney World property – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach, many guests skipped out on visiting Disney’s River Country. Eventually, on November 2nd, 2001, Disney’s River Country closed. But to this day, much of the water park still remains. Early this year, it was reported that the pools would finally be filled in, but even still, much of the water park hasn’t been dismantled. Urban explorers have found that many of the water slides are still there and have been overgrown with trees and other wildlife.


1) Discovery Island

Located across from Bay Lake is Discovery Island. Discovery Island was, until 1999, essentially a miniature zoo. Guests took boats over to Discovery Island, and here they could view a number of bird and animal species including flamingos, swans, tortoises, and much more. The animals were eventually moved to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but otherwise much of the island has remained largely untouched.

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Stephen "Steve" Porter started going to the parks with his family in 1996. Since then he hasn't looked back! Steve was a cast member participating in the Disney College Program in 2013. Most recently he graduated from Penn State University!

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