River Country

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  1. AnnaS

    AnnaS DIS Sponsoor/Veteran

    Jul 7, 2001
    My family loved going to River Country. It's a very sad picture now. I wonder why they have not cleaned it up (if there is a reason besides money of course).
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  3. rotlex

    rotlex Is it summer yet?

    Feb 8, 2007
    Wow, what an awesome set of photos! The memories these just brought back, even viewing it in this state of disarray, are truly heart warming. What a shame though. So hard to believe Disney would just let an area like this totally decay.

    Either way, thanks for this!
  4. michellem1118

    michellem1118 DIS Veteran

    Feb 2, 2008
    This link was also tweeted by TheDIS late last night, which is how I found it. These are some GREAT photos, I wish I'd had the opportunity to go to River Country on my trip in '99.
  5. jfinke

    jfinke DIS Veteran

    Mar 26, 2003
    Never got to go myself. :confused:

    Of course, at that time, I doubt I would have remembered much of it. I don't remember going on Mr. Toad's.
  6. *NikkiBell*

    *NikkiBell* The WDW Merchandise Walking Bible Moderator

    Jun 27, 2005
    Excellent pics! Thanks for sharing!
  7. starbuc71

    starbuc71 Mouseketeer

    Jun 7, 2009
    Maybe all this exposure will get Disney to finally consider leveling it and building something worthwhile since they will never reopen this great little park.
  8. DC7800

    DC7800 DIS Veteran

    Jun 1, 2001
    Obviously Disney never had plans to use the place again, but it still seems awfully irresponsible to simply let it go to ruin. Seriously, how much could it have cost to provide a very minimum of occasional maintenance and upkeep? You would retain an asset for which a use might someday be found, rather than wasting millions to bulldoze the place and start over. Just keep the brush trimmed back and generally keep things from deteriorating quite so badly.

    At the very least, they could pick up the trash. That building with the CM recognition plaque is apparently a garbage dump.
  9. Hydani

    Hydani Mouseketeer

    Oct 11, 2009
    It's sad to see what has become of that place. I hope Disney does something productive with it rather than let it rot anymore.
  10. desparatelydisney

    desparatelydisney DIS Veteran

    Jan 26, 2008
    My husband and I have talked about this sort of thing soooo many times.....one day, will all of WDW look like this??? You have to wonder....in time, everything becomes abandoned.....and so it must be one day with WDW...50 years from now, 100 years, 200 years....one day... :( try to imagine these pictures being of Stormalong Bay, or Blizzard Beach....it's eerie to think about....
  11. frtchr

    frtchr DIS Veteran

    Jun 25, 2007
    They're not going to tear it down. It wouldn't be ecologically sound for the animals and birds who have made homes there. At least, that's what a CM told us in March while we were on a chartered boat. It would be nice to see it cleaned of debris, though.
  12. princesswendy720

    princesswendy720 DIS Veteran

    Aug 25, 2008
    It's sad to see it like that...I did have a chance to go there as a kid. My strongest memory is coming off of the White Water Rapids ride and getting pooped on by a bird! :lmao:

    It was the second time that day that I was targeted. The first was that morning in the parking lot of CBR.

    Ahh memories...
  13. ynottony99

    ynottony99 Ask me about the Mickey Waffles!!!!!!!

    Jan 30, 2004
    I haven't seen any posts from Andrew in a few days. Maybe he's making the rounds on the morning shows, and Late Night talk shows???

  14. tiggrbaby

    tiggrbaby <font color=deeppink><marquee>We must work harder

    Jun 26, 2004
    Amazing pics! I remember taking my boys there when they were young. Loved the rope swing and the Slippery Falls!
  15. Donna

    Donna Where Magic Lives

    Aug 25, 1999
  16. LindaBabe

    LindaBabe <br><img src="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/i

    Oct 20, 1999
    I LOVED River Country since the one day I went there. It turned out to be the last day it was open :( I was alone, but never had so much fun at a water park, before or since. The slides were scarey enough to give me a thrill, but not so scarey I was afraid to try them. Perfect, in fact, for water park beginners or water park elders. SO sad to see these photos.
  17. Minnie&Nana

    Minnie&Nana Dreams do come true!

    Feb 20, 2004
    We loved River Country from our first visit in 1981 - have missed it and have never gone to another WDW water park.

    These pics are sad, but bring back many happy memories. Thanks so much!
  18. BradyBz12

    BradyBz12 1340.63 miles too far from the Fort

    Sep 12, 2008

    :lmao: :rotfl2:

    Or he's entered the Witness Protection Program ;)
  19. OK!

    OK! <font color=purple>Dreams in <img src=http://photo

    Jan 15, 2005
    In a way, I both loved and hated seeing these photos. I have many fond memories of going to River Country when I was a child and have always wondered about the sudden "disappearance" of the park. I know it was closed when we were there in Nov. 2001, but they still had the purple signs up with arrows directing guests how to get there on the various roads throughout WDW.

    On my last trip, in Dec. 2008, I took the Ft. Wilderness Segway tour and was able (thanks to some tour guides who decided to "look the other way") to take a couple of quick pics through the fence and a few over the fence when my friend climbed up on one of the huge rocks. It was just a view of the pool with the tall slides that dropped off into it, but it was very creepy. It, however, looked much better than the rest of the place now does, apparently. Sure, the pool looked like a bit like hell, but it really just looked like a pool that had been through a rough winter and needed some prep work before reopening. There was even a freshly-painted RC trash can just outside the fence!

    In talking to a cast member later that night, I found out that the reason that the park was never demolished was because Disney had had plans to refurb it and reopen it. However, they found that there's a harmful bacteria present in Bay Lake that (obviously) made it be present in the non-pool swimming areas of RC, too. It can make humans very sick, and as of right now there's no way to control it without doing severe damage to the environment, so that's why the park has never reopened.





    ...and here's a "live" pic:
    I'm the one with the pigtails climbing out of the water, and my brother's the one taking the flying leap. :) I miss that place.
  20. caribear

    caribear I love WDW!

    Jun 29, 2004
    Thanks so much for sharing those pictures with us! I remember going to River Country with my parents in 1983! I was 9 years old and the kiddie slides still scared me!!! If you look at some of the signage it looks like the "drop-offs" after the slides was pretty deep....6-10ft in some places! At the parks today the water isn't nearly that deep.

    I also have several photos from Discovery Island as we went there also in 1983 (while staying at the Poly for the 1st time too!). I have some photos of parrots on my arm...along with a family photo by a "shipwreck."
  21. WDW Fan

    WDW Fan Mouseketeer

    Aug 28, 2005
    Awesome pictures!!! I never got a chance to visit River Country when it was open but I can imagine how beautiful itmust have been back then.:thumbsup2 Thank you for sharing these pictures. How did you get inside to get them?
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