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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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Thanks so much for the update!
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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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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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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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I think Disney is gonna replace RC with a Flea Market/Swap Meet kind of a place for the campers.
With the prices they are charging for sites, I may need to rent a booth.
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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 02-24-2010, 07:04 AM   #13
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Maybe they are adding showers to the restrooms in the siding photo??? If they do an upgraded camping area they will need some.
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Thanks for the pics/report Tony!
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Permit Request Info: In the Construction Industry - found this info in the permit application center.

Renovations? just Drinking and Wastewater Permit at this time.


Permit Application Under Review
Site Name: RCID (DW)
FDEP Office: CENTRAL DISTRICT
Florida County: ORANGE
Permit Type: Water - Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System
Application Number: 182538-013
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Applicant Company: WALT DISNEY WORLD
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