Back in the 1990s came “Myst,” the 3D puzzle computer game which changed the way people played video games. It was so huge that, at one point, Disney was in talks with the creators of the title to turn it into a theme park in Florida.
Rand Miller, one of the team behind the game, spoke with The AV Club this week and confirmed the old rumors are true – the were approached about creating Myst Island in or near the Walt Disney World resort:
“That was absolutely true. At some point, there were some really cool plans to do some stuff with Disney. We were looking at it as the ultimate incarnation of our world. 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.”
The game was also the best-selling PC game ever made until “The Sims” exceeded its sales in 2002.