Disney’s River Country… have you ever heard of it? Disney’s River Country is an abandoned Water Park at Walt Disney World. It was open from 1976 to 2001. It was Disney World’s first Water Park.
Disney’s River country was located by Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Now, River Country has turned into an abandoned swamp. I saw it on a boat ride to Fort Wilderness, never knowing it was a Water Park. The park had 12 attractions when it was open. I looked up pictures, and the place looked like it was pretty cool. The theme was an “old-fashioned swimming hole”. There was even a kiddie pool, which is now covered almost completely in grass. It would be cool to take a look at it now, but that is trespassing and would get you arrested.
Here is a video that will show you the before and after of River Country.
Why did Disney’s River Country close?
Now that you have all the details, we should talk about the big question – why did it close? Some people say that it closed because it did not get enough demand after Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach opened. Which I would understand. If a new water park opens up, of course, people would want to go to the new one. But, I wish people would have come back to River Country. On September 1st, 2001, Disney’s River Country closed. And almost four years later in 2005, Disney announced that River Country closed forever.
There are some myths of why River Country closed. I am not sure if there is truth to any of them or not. Remember… these are just myths. Some say, that River Country closed because of a disease called amoeba. There was a boy who was eleven who had swam at River Country and died from a brain disease that could have been amoeba. I am not sure if that is how he passed, so this could just be a myth. I have also heard there were two drownings at River Country, which again we don’t know if that’s true.
River Country closed before I was even born. It would have been cool to see River Country and find out which rumors are true. No matter what happened, and if Disney tears River Country down or not, it will always be remembered.