Disney’s River Country, Orlando FL
Nowadays, when you think Orlando, Universal Studios, and Disney World comes to mind. But in 1976, River Country was Disney World’s first waterpark and on the shore of Florida’s Bay Lake. It was a hillbilly-themed park. According to the Disney Parks, it was supposed to be everything kids ever wanted to do at an old swimming hole down by the river in the good old days. In truth, back then, it was a prime Florida summer vacation spot and living up to its name! It survived for many decades and didn’t bat an eye at newer parks being opened at Disney!
In 2001 the park closed for winter as usual but didn’t reopen. After much speculation of a reopening date, Walt Disney stated in 2005 that it would permanently close. These days River country is a decrepit and wild wasteland, with overgrown plants and trees covering the old rides! However, despite this, the park has gained interest by people sneaking in, hoping to catch a glimpse and snap pictures of this 70’s curiosity. It is believed Disney has plans to Demolish the site and open a Disney Vacation Club Resort…typical!