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Old 02-23-2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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River Country Boardwalk, Gazebo and other changes.

I expected to see all of River Country bulldozed and being hauled out by the dump truck load when we arrived today. However that was not the case. There was activity in 2 areas that we could observe today.



The most dramatic was the already reported on removal of the board walk and gazebo on the lake.


From the boat dock looking west.



The crew was removing the walk way and appeared to be loading the old wood onto this boat.






Not much left at this point.




They have a lot of tools piled on the floor of the gazebo, and have already started tearing it down.




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Old 02-23-2010, 08:19 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:24 PM   #3
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:27 PM   #4
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Inside the entrance to River Country there was a lot of activity. Lots of workers, both contractors, and Disney made it impossible to launch any sort of stealth mission behind the fence.

What we did find is a new construction fence that is preventing access to the buildings just west of the Backyard BBQ.






This area has been open in the past, and has Restrooms. The focus today was not on removing something, but they were putting up new siding on this existing building. I will look back and see if I have a good photo of this building from before to see just what they have changed.




At any rate it is good to see that they are not leveling the whole place. Like I said there were lots of people working here, and walking in and out of the area. Several 'hardhats' were walking around with blueprints, and this truck was sitting out back in the parking lot.



I could see nothing going in in the water park area itself. The only thing besides the guys tearing out the boardwalk was a that 2 lake patrol boats seemed to stay stationed in the area between Discovery Island and River Country. I presume they are keeping an eye out for TCD!!!

There are a few more photos, but sadly, this is pretty much all I have to offer on this.
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Old 02-23-2010, 09:16 PM   #5
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where they guy is standing in the third to last photo is where i took this one.



I don't really know what they tore down off of it. But I thought it was strange they were tearing down the bathrooms... guess a bit of refurb on it.

I wish I had a better camera than just my phone to take pictures like that.
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I've also noticed there's a guy from Lake Patrol that comes into qdoba in the later afternoon. This was my second time seeing him there today, but I didn't have the chance to ask him what lake he was on.
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Old 02-23-2010, 09:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for the update.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:11 PM   #8
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Great update Tony! It is kind of sad to see the walkway and gazebo disappearing. I always enjoy seeing those from the boat, even in a state of decay. They were just a nice landmark.
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:02 AM   #9
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It broke my heart when they closed R.C. Now, it breaks my heart even more to hear of its' destruction. I always held hope that one day they would refurbish and reopen it. My hopes are officially dashed.

If they replace R.C. with a nice food court, I can live with it - but I'm doubting that will happen.

Just how popular is the Backyard BBQ for them to refurb the pavillion? Isn't it only open on select days?

Anyhow - thanks for the update, Tony.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:19 AM   #10
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I think Disney is gonna replace RC with a Flea Market/Swap Meet kind of a place for the campers.
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It broke my heart when they closed R.C. Now, it breaks my heart even more to hear of its' destruction. I always held hope that one day they would refurbish and reopen it. My hopes are officially dashed.

If they replace R.C. with a nice food court, I can live with it - but I'm doubting that will happen.

Just how popular is the Backyard BBQ for them to refurb the pavillion? Isn't it only open on select days?

Anyhow - thanks for the update, Tony.
I guess the Backyard BBQ is quite popular. Next week will be our third trip to the Fort this year and the first time we have been able to get a ressie for thw BBQ. They book up within a couple of days of 90 days out.
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:52 AM   #12
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Rest room attendants or the ice man have always been a wealth of knowledge!
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:59 PM   #13
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Enjoying reading about RC changes!
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:46 PM   #14
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i think the best information comes word of mouth. i had heard this trick before and tried it. i was sitting under the ball at epcot and started telling someone in my group loudly that the ball was so light it was held up by the equivlent of pieces of paer that were in the exterior columns and they have to remove it for hurricanes. because they were just paper mache hollow pillars. he then asked how is it so light. i told him it was full of helium. he said how come our voices are not high pitched when we ride spaceship earth. i said because the breeze you feel in your face was humidified oxygen to keep you from doing that.
5 minutes later the guy sitting on the fountains family walked up. he started telling them in depth about how they remove it for hurricanes, and retold the same story. then i heard it again later at epcot. later on that night on the way back to the fort we were taking the monorail and someone who i had never seen was telling his family the bogus story i had made up. i asked him where he heard it from he said an employee. believe it or not two days later i am at bongos in dtd and people at the bar are talking about that same story but way outta whack. so i had more fun. and asked do they move the paper mache stilts or does the ball go to. beacause where would they store it. he then goes off on a tangent about that is why they filled it with helium so it will stay floating and they only remove the paper mache stilts. and it is designed as a ball to be aerodynamic and float and not get damaged. he had read it in a disney facts book he told me. he had no idea i had made the story up days earlier. the person with me was hysterical laughing about what was going on not believing how fast this crap traveled. the guy thought he was laughing at him got very deffensive and told us we were idiots for not believeing that disney has the knowledge and know how to accomplish this. we just laughed walked out and told our wives who were looking at us with disbelief. at this point my teenage daughter tells me she heard the same story while going to the bathroom at the contemporary. it is funny how peopl believe anything when they are in disney
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One of my coordinators at work (at disney) told me this story. It was between his and another co-worker.

him: "I don't know what is up with this weather..."
cw: "what are you talking about?"
him: "why it's so rainy today, it must be acting up again..."
cw: "what's acting up?"
him: "the weather dome."
cw: "the weather dome?"
him: "yeah, didn't you know disney had a weather dome"
cw: "nooo..."
him: "yeah, well disney has to do something about all the thunderstorms and stuff"

After a short while, he actually managed to convice a co-worker, that had been with the company for a few years already, that there was a weather dome over Disney that controlled the thunderstorms.

It doesn't surprise me one bit to hear crazy stories. Sometimes I'll sit and laugh in my own little corner, because the story the person is telling is too outragous. Other times, I'll go over and correct the story, if they're not too far off from the truth.
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