The Tragic Death of River Country

by Nyx
(Jax)

Ah River Country!


It was the water park I always longed to go to. It had the neatest looking water slides I'd ever seen. It was Walt Disney World's small water park that opened in the 1970s when WDW had just started up.

I was not alive back in the 1970s bu I know a lot about the water park. It was very small and was Disney's very first water park. It it had a Tom Sawyer theme, and the water was from an actual spring. Most people felt that River Country had a certain nostalgic feeling similar to an old swimming hole.

The attraction delighted visitors for several years, but the State of Florida said that the water was unsafe to swim in so Disney shut it down just two days before 9/11

Sadly, all that remains are pieces of the water slide and the wading pool is now covered in slime. It is sad to realize Disney wasted millions of dollars on that little water park.

Another factor in its closing was that Disney opened Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, and people preferred these larger parks.

RIP River Country.


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Mar 06, 2014
River County mid 1970's
by: Lucy

I was 14 years old the first time I went to River Country and this was on a school trip. I remember going down the slide and it was scary (I thought I was going to fall off the side). This slide was very primitive and much slower when compared to what you have at Wet & Wild and other such Theme Parks.

They also had a large swimming pool which I enjoyed.

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