Meet “Myst Island” a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They’d spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure.

Disney Almost Created A ‘Myst’ Theme Park

If you played computer games in the 1990’s, then you probably remember Myst, the best-selling adventure puzzle game which took players around a magical island filled with mysterious secrets. Myst was responsible for accelerating the sales of CD-ROM drives and remained the bestselling PC game throughout the 1990s until The Sims exceeded its sales in 2002.

There has been this long-running rumor that Walt Disney Imagineering once considered turning Disney World’s Discovery Island into a Myst theme park. Myst creators, brothers Robyn and Rand Miller, have now confirmed they did work with Disney on a Myst attraction.

Myst Theme Park Details Revealed

Myst creator Rand Miller confirmed the long-running rumor during an interview with AV… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

8 thoughts on “Meet “Myst Island” a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They’d spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure.”

  1. thoawaydatrash

    This is essentially what Meow Wolf is, but instead of letting a few people in, they let everyone in (well, pre-pandemic) EDIT: as a note, there are timed windows, but it can still get crowded.

  2. howmuchbanana

    “Myst Island” was long-rumored, but only confirmed in 2016, in [this AV Club interview](https://games.avclub.com/myst-creator-rand-miller-on-his-favorite-puzzle-that-ev-1798251819) with the creators of Myst:

    > Basically, there was a place down in Florida—it’s one of the island areas that they had that wasn’t used very much. But it had some walkways among trees, and an island area, and we went down and looked at it and walked around it, and it was incredibly Myst-like. It was perfect for Myst. So we were all excited. Their imagineering team was excited about embracing that and building some stuff into it and tying it into the rest of the park, where you could explore and have this real-world experience. But, the way Disney works, and the way it had to fit in with their bigger scheme of things, and the way we didn’t understand pieces of it, I think it fell apart from their point of view. That was a very exciting time. It was cool to try to pull that off.

    And [this article from 2004](http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_chief1/b/jim_hill/archive/2004/05/25/37.aspx) explains the idea in more detail:

    > “Myst Island” would have attempted to duplicate the look and feel of the award winning computer games. Only a limited number of guests would have been allowed out onto the fog shrouded island each day. They’d have been dropped off by boat early in the morning and then picked up in the late afternoon. Their mission was to explore the ruins scattered around the 11 acre island to try to figure out what happened to the island’s previous occupants. This day-long adventure would have been unlike anything that Disney theme park guests had ever experienced before. Just like the CD ROM games that inspired it, “Myst Island” would have no linear storyline. Guests could only discover the various puzzles scattered around Myst Island by exploring all its weird little nooks and crannies. Depending on which path they took, which artifacts they uncovered as well the order in which the guest discovered them, different secrets of the island would have been revealed. Theoretically, no two guests could ever have the exact same adventure as they wandered the terrain.

  3. PersnlRspnsblity2077

    I’m surprised it has not been done in VR yet. Myst was a perfect VR game without even realizing it.

    Edit: apparently it recently did just that. Too bad I can’t play it on my Index

  4. JakJakAttacks

    Hopefully they’d include the people trapped in books to creep out the kids. Just like it still creeps me out.

  5. Galemp

    With the recent popularity of escape rooms, this remains viable IMO.

  6. palmtrees2blizzards

    It would’ve been on the old Discovey Island property. Prior to the 90’s is what a small animal attraction at Disney world, but closed when Animal Kingdom opened and the animals were relocated. Went once when I was about 6 years old. Island still there with buildings, youtube had an urban explorer who sneaks over to it.

  7. Dairuin

    Is this how west world starts?

  8. howmuchbanana

    obligatory joke:

    Disney really myst out on this one.

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