River Country. Lost Florida Tourist Attraction
by Christine J
Disney's River Country was a water park with a Tom Sawyer 'swimming hole' theme that pre-dated Wet 'n Wild by one year.
I remember they served 'Sasparilla" rather than plain old root beer, and I think they had a water wheel as part of the decor. There were long slides, a waterfall drop you did on an inner tube, rapids, etc.
It was smaller than the newer Disney water parks, but I absolutely loved the place as a kid.
In my memory, all of these new, concrete and crowded mega-parks can't touch it. FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL SAYS:
Christine, I had to think a bit about what to do about your article on River Country. Since Walt Disney World is still open, I wasn't sure a piece about River Country should be considered one of the Lost Florida Tourist Attractions.
I finally decided to add it, because it did have an identity all it's own. I regret that I never got around to going there. It opened June 20, 1976 and closed November 2, 2001. So it provided a lot of fun to a lot of people for more than 15 years.
River County and Discovery Island are the only two Walt Disney World attractions to close, as far as I know.