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    When did River Country Close

    I was looking at a google earth map of Fort Wilderness, and Noticed River Country behind The stables and Pioneer Hall. I had completely forgotten about this place that I had been to in the late 80's. I was wondering if anyone knows when it closed and Why they closed it? Thanks for Your help with this great Memory!
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    It closed in November 2001 because of the contamanets of Bay Lake and the 2 other much larger water parks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magikindom View Post
    It closed in November 2001 because of the contamanets of Bay Lake and the 2 other much larger water parks.
    Wow, I am suprised that Disney could not do anything about that. I wish it was open only to relive a great memory. I wonder if They will ever use that space for anything else?
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    I agree... it seems like there is space wasting away by not having it open. They should put something in it's place! I sadly never did get to visit River Country... does anyone have any pictures of it or know where I could get some?
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    They did at one point put in a filtration system, but with the two larger parks it became to costly to run.
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    too costly for disney? must have really cost them A LOT
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    Quote Originally Posted by alalune042 View Post
    too costly for disney? must have really cost them A LOT
    Ok,sorry, didn't make enough money to justify the expense.
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    Yes it would have been quite an expense to refurbrish the park, it was the oldest park and quite a bit of it would have needed major overhauls to reopen, and when you take into account how much smaller it is than the other parks if you were going to do a major rehab it would also make more sense to expand the park to draw more visitors...but it is also much more difficult to get to for those not staying on property in particular, than the other water parks, if you think about it you'll realize that at those other parks you park right there at the parks entrance, but at River country, if a local, or someone satying off-site wanted to go to River Country they had to park at the lot at the entrance to the campground and take a bus across the campground, so why expand a park to draw more visitors, when many of those visitors would likely still decide that the other water parks would be the ones to go to for all the reasons mentioned (easier to get to, more things to do once you get there, and more up-to date as far as waterpark technology goes).

    That said, I loved River Country and would have loved to see it reopen, I hope they turn there eye to re-purposing or fixing up this area again soon, and I hope wheatever they put in has a similar charm to that which River Country had.

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