~ Today in Disney History ~
August 2, 1998
Passengers aboard the Disney Magic's maiden voyage become the very first Disney guests to set foot on Disney's private island, Castaway Cay (which officially opened July 30).
Located 225 nautical miles from Disney's home port of Port Canaveral, Florida, the island stretches 3.1 miles long and 2.2 miles wide.
Originally called Gorda Cay, the island was used for filming the Touchstone 1984 feature Splash - where Tom Hanks first encountered Daryl Hannah on the beach.