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.

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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: