A Tribute to Walt Disney World's River Country

 

River Country in its hayday.

River Country main "watering hole"

The map of River Country

09-19-1980

Goofy having some fun 1979

 

River country in all its wonder

How it looks today, thanks to Adam to Woo

 

 

 

 

Disney's River Country

 

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Location

Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida, United States

Theme

Old-fashioned swimmin' hole

Operated by

The Walt Disney Company

Opened

June 20, 1976

Closed

November 2, 2001

 

Disney's River Country was the first water park at the Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on June 20, 1976 and ceased operations on November 2, 2001. On January 20, 2005, The Walt Disney Company announced that River Country would remain closed permanently.

History

Positioned on the shore of Bay Lake near Discovery Island in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, River Country was a rustic wilderness theming, replete with rocks and manmade boulders (created by the same man who created Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom).

It was described as an "old-fashioned swimming hole". The original working title before being changed was "Pop's Willow Grove" and featured a sandy bottom and unique water filtering system using confluent water from adjacent Bay Lake, which was dammed off creating a natural-looking man-made lagoon. It was much smaller than the resort's other two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, with the latter nearly four times the size of River Country.

List of Attractions

Attractions included:

  • Whoop 'n' Holler Hollow, two water slides, 260 ft (79 m) and 160 ft (49 m) long that emptied into Bay Cove

  • Bay Cove, a half-acre (2,000 m) sand-bottom lake which featured a tire swing, boom swing, rope climb, and T-bar drop.

  • Slippery Slide Falls, two water slides that emptied into Upstream Plunge, a 330,000 US gallon (1,250 m) clear-water pool.

  • White Water Rapids, a 330 foot (100 m) long inner tube river.

  • Cypress Point Nature Trail, a trail among trees beside Bay Lake.

  • Indian Springs, A very small splash zone with fountains spraying kids. This area mainly attracted guest under age 8.

  • Barrel Bridge, A bumpy bridge with barrels under it. Similar to the one at Tom Sawyer Island.

  • Kiddie Cove, A kids zone with two large water slides and a cove. This area was targeted toward preteens.

Closure

On January 20, 2005, The Walt Disney Company announced that River Country would remain closed permanently.

info from wikipedia

 

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