River Country ~ Gone but not forgotten


On this date, back in 2005, Walt Disney World made the official announcement that its first water park, River Country, would remain closed permanently. River Country was opened in 1976, and had stopped operating in November of 2001. River Country was themed around a rustic old-fashioned swimming hole with a theme similar to Thunder Mountain and Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom. River Country had sandy bottom pools with water pumped in from Bay Lake, and a list of water slide attractions for just about anyone. Although the property was a bit smaller than the current water parks, Typhoon Lagoon & Blizzard Beach, River Country still had a decent amount of attractions. Here’s the rundown:

  • Whoop ‘n’ Holler Hollow, two water slides, 260 ft (79 m) and 160 ft (49 m) long that emptied into Bay Cove
  • Bay Cove, a half-acre (2,000 m
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    Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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