“ Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida. „
River Country was the first water park built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida. It opened in June 1976. It is located on the shores of Bay Lake and was part of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The theme matched this area of rustic wilderness with rocks and manmade boulders.
The pool was basically a part of Bay Lake but was sectioned off by a dam. The dam was made out of a material that would filter out a lot of the muck and rubbish in the main lake and let the rest in.
The park was very small and only had a handful of rides. These were:
Whoop 'n' Holler Hollow - two water slides, 260 ft (79 m) and 160 ft (49 m) long that emptied into Bay Cove (Bay cove also had a tire swing, a boom swing, a rope climb, and a T-bar drop)
Slippery Slide Falls, two water slides that emptied into Upstream Plunge
White Water Rapids, a 330 foot long inner tube river.
River country on November 1, 2001. With the addition of Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach the park was not good enough to compete. Put it needed a lot of renovation. A lot of people hope it would re open but on January 20, 2005 we were told River Country would remain closed permanently.
This was a great park that I love to visit. It make you feel at one with nature and back to the old day where things were simple and technology, high speed a super tall rides did not matter. This was a great park and is sadly missed.
River Country is the original Disney water park (built way back in 1976, before Wet n Wild was built!) and was originally just planned to be a section of Fort Wilderness on the edge of Bay Lake (near the Magic Kingdom). Once the other water parks started popping up in Orlando then it was decided to make River Country a park in its own right, which then spawned both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. In River Country you will be mostly swimming on lake water with a sandy bottom, (which is kept very clean and critter-free) as this park is an old fashioned "water hole" just like the ones that Tom Sawyer played in. This being the smallest of the water parks it is also the cheapest and will not really take a whole day like Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. This park is a good choice for families with young kids as the rides aren’t as thrilling as those on the other parks, but it still a fun park with swing ropes, bridges and even an inner tube ride called White Water Rapids. The advantage of this park is that there are hardly any queues or crowds so this is the ideal spot for a half-day relax so that you can recharge your batteries and be ready for another fun-filled day. The one disadvantage is that, due to its low capacity, River Country doesn’t stay open for very long during the year, only a few months during the summer season. In fact, I think that this park is now closed permanently so it would be wise to check before you make a trip that it is open for guests. If it has been closed it will be a shame because River Country is a charming water hole filled with low-tech fun for the whole family.