Lost Island Coming to Walt Disney World


#1

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has announced extensive plans to convert the old Discovery Island in Bay Lake to a new Lost-themed attraction. Lost Island is set to receive guests by the Summer of 2012, two years after the show concludes its six-year run on ABC.

“We strong believe that the show will live on in popularity after its conclusion. This type of show can be successful in syndication for decades and with the advent of DVD—sales of which have been very high for this series—there is clear evidence that Lost will remain popular well after next Spring’s series finale," said Celandine Coda, vice chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

The immersive experience will bring guests to the islands in disparate ways, providing two distinct experiences per each trip to the island. The attraction is also unique as the exploration of the island in its entirety forms one complete experience, however each area of the island works as an individual attraction.

“We have this great experience for the Swan station which guests get to tour as if they were the survivors first discovering the infamous ‘hatch’. But suddenly things go wrong and this station tour becomes a ride! It’s an extension of the Imagineering used in rides such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Star Tours taken to the next level!", explained Coda.

Imagineers will use similar technology to give the infamous smoke-monster a presence on the island, much like it was displayed in the first season. “There were some obvious issues with depicting the monster the way it’s been portrayed in recent seasons so we took a page from those initial episodes and cast the monster into the trees,” detailed Coda.

“In some ways, the island of Lost has always been like a twisted open-air haunted house, with dark mysteries waiting around the corners in the most unlikely places. When developing this, we knew right away that there wasn’t much we could do with traditional ride technologies as the whole point of the show was this wandering band of castaways. We wanted the guests to experience the world instead of pass through a non-interactive collage." explained Imagineer Lila R. Chiseavie.

That said, there is one ride vehicle that will be making its way to the island. The Dharma Volkswagen Van will take some guests from their arrival on the island to the barracks. Along the way, they will contend with hostiles and other surprises that the imagineers wish to keep secret.

Further, the island and the water surrounding will be enhanced with videos and auto-animatronics of the cast of the popular TV show. Guests arriving on the island will pass Michael’s raft and throughout the jungle of the island, will pass through popular moments from the television show.

Discovery Island, an 11.5 acre island located in Bay Lake at Walt Disney World, was open from 1974 to 1999. The wildlife preserve contained swans, lemurs, tortoises and other animals and was a viable destination in Walt Disney World’s early days before its expansion into other theme parks. However, with the opening of Animal Kingdom in 1998, the island was rendered moot and ceased operations.


#2

This would be fabulous! How definite are these plans, do you think?


#3

I so wish this were true, I think it would be totally cool. Alas, I think April 1st is upon us and someone is being a little jokester.


#4

Sigh. I wish it were true. That would be a great attraction.


#5

I thought the same thing when I read it…April Fools joke.


#6

I am entirely too gullible. I am always tricked at least once on this day and then I spend the rest of the day on edge, waiting for the tricksters to get me :angry:. My very sweet husband, who likes a good prank, learned years ago to ignore this holiday with me because it stresses me out.


#7

I completely fell for it:blush:…I’m a Lost fan.
Anyway, it was fun to read and imagine!!:laugh:


#8

I couldn’t care one way or the other.
I watched 24.

Although it is rumored that Universal Studios is considering an attraction based on The Event. Something about the vanishing plane from the series opener I hear.


#9

I must admit I signed on today just to see what April 1st prank was pulled. Good to see you old friend.


#10

You got me- even though I was thinking what a great idea ( even though DI seemed a little small to pull that off) but I loved it, thanks for the fun, and happy April’s fool day!


#11

I knew it was a joke but I gotta say…that would be one coooooooolllllllllllll
attraction :laugh:

I love LOST :heart:

Too bad they arnen’t doing something with that piece of land.


#12

Having never watched “Lost” - I had no idea what he was yammering on about.


#13

OMG …you have to watch it. Amazing show. I have all 6 seasons on DVD. I watched it faithfully form the very first eposide when it first aired. I miss the show!!

I vote for a Lost Attraction at WDW!!!


#14

You did not trick me one bit. As soon as I saw Lost attraction I knew it was a joke.


#15

I’ve never seen Lost, but regardless I couldn’t imagine putting a “ride” on that island that soon.
Would like to see Something though. What would really be cool is to turn it into a Castaway Pirate type theme with sunken treasures and lot’s of scavenger hunts. A good spot for Capt Hook and gang to hang out, kinda like Neverland.
Another would be a type of outdoor eatery like Backyard BBQ or Luau but a meal with Pirates, Peter Pan, Tink etc


#16

I’m kind of let down. You got me all “Wised up” today and the kiddies must not have looked at the calendar yet. Usually they try to get me at least once on April 1st. Hmmm…


#17

Discovery Island in the middle of Bay Lake has been pretty much been left to return to nature over the last decade and I think that Disney would much rather leave it that way at this point.
Let’s be honest here. Before they do anything with Discovery Island, they would most certainly resurrect River Country first.

If they want to do a Lost Island, there’s always Tom Sawyer Island, which is lost on most guests.:laugh:

Or, you could build one fresh in Disney’s Coaster Kingdom (if they ever actually take my suggestion for a fifth park).

But would Disney do a Lost attraction? They’ll do Tron a lot faster because over almost 30 years, the cult following has continued to build.
Lost seems popular now, but remember how popular Twin Peaks was and look how ignored it is now.

Attractions need to have very long legs. Consider that Dinosaur was supposed to have tied in to a movie that was a bomb. On the other hand, everyone wants Roger Rabbit attractions, and we’d have had them if Spielberg and Eisner hadn’t had problems to such an extent that Spielberg refused to allow any further RR attractions beyond the one ride in Disneyland’s Toontown.


#18

rlander…sight for sore eyes your are. Nice April fools and nice to see you.:heart:


#19

A nice April Fools try!

As much as I would like to see and experience something ‘Lost’ themed, I can imagine it would only have the same longevity as the ‘Narnia Experience’ in DHS, and would end up more like a ‘look at the memorabillia’ than a ‘experience’.


#20

[QUOTE=Campbell87;1072170]A nice April Fools try!

As much as I would like to see and experience something ‘Lost’ themed, I can imagine it would only have the same longevity as the ‘Narnia Experience’ in DHS, and would end up more like a ‘look at the memorabillia’ than a ‘experience’.[/QUOTE]

Well, they’re what, three movies into Narnia and popularity seems to be holding (though I won’t delve much into the primary demographic here) and I’d anticipate Disney continuing the series to cover all of the books. They could drag the Narnia attraction’s life out easily for another 5 years.
But that does feel more like a memorabilia collection than anything else.
Then again, to me, so does Wizarding World of Harry Potter, other than the signature ride (no I do not consider Dragon Chase (Dueling Dragons) to be a Harry Potter ride, not when it opened with the park in 1999).

Honestly, I think a 24 themed attraction would have more staying power.
But consider, Universal opened with their Miami Vice stunt show that ran daily at closing, but killed the show in 97, even though it was popular. And everything is still in place there, including the boats, that they could start it back up easily.

Sorry, I got diverted.