This Long Lost Disney Park Is Returning As A Stunning New Resort
Disney’s first waterpark is set to reopen almost twenty years after it was abandoned.
River Country is the long-lost original Disney waterpark in Florida. It opened in 1976 and featured attractions like cliff water slides, a white rapids inner tube river, and a sand-bottomed lake with a tire swing, rope climb, and beach.
It officially closed in 2001 after a successful commercial run. However, multiple drownings and four deaths caused by brain-eating amoebas in the water cast a shadow on the park.
Now, Disney has apparently confirmed suspicions that its mysterious “Project 89” involves plans to replace the crumbling water park with a new resort.
While there aren’t any definite details yet, it’s safe to say that this new resort will have a lot to live up to. For a peek into the past, check out this video of River Country during its 1970s heyday: