River Country is one of only two Disney parks to permanently close, along with “Discovery Island”, which is situated parallel to the water park. There are many similarities between the 2 closures, in that both closed permanently within 2 years of each other, and were also both abandoned and never mentioned by Disney.
Simply so, can you visit River Country?
To get to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, you actually enter through the front gates of River Country. The front half of the park is still open, with ticket gates, water fountains, lights, and some parking.
Also to know is, is River country still abandoned?
When Disney River Country opened in 1976, visitors flocked to Orange County, Florida, to ride the winding slides and traverse the wooden bridges. The park closed down 25 years later, and today, it lies abandoned.
What is abandoned by Disney?
It’s been 10 years since the rotating dance floor at Mannequins Dance Palace went for a spin. The building that housed that Pleasure Island nightclub is now home to Morimoto Asia, a stationary restaurant surrounded by shops, eateries and themed experiences.
According to the story, Disney once attempted to open a resort in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Called Mowgli’s Palace, it allegedly drew its inspiration from The Jungle Book; lush and green, it was meant to showcase the fine attention to detail for which all of Disney’s parks and resorts are known.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
- Flights of Wonder: Closed permanently Dec. 31, 2017.
- Primeval Whirl: Closed permanently March 16, 2020.
- Rivers of Light – We Are One: Closed permanently March 16, 2020.
Although Disney never officially stated its reasons for closing the park, poor attendance and high maintenance costs, combined with the newer and bigger Disney’s Animal Kingdom being opened a year before, are the most likely causes. Since its closing, the island has sat largely abandoned, with no signs of development.
Disney officials stated that the Pleasure Island nightclub closures are in response to customers who desire more broad-based dining and retail opportunities.
In 2005 they finally announced that the park would never reopen, and it was left to deteriorate. Some say the park closed not due to unpopularity, but because of the dangers in the park. Rumors said a dangerous amoeba was in the Bay Lake water and the filtration process was not sufficient for swimming.
Rather, the biggest reason for River Country’s closure is that the park simply couldn’t sustain demand next to its much larger siblings, especially in the midst of the massive travel slowdown following the attacks of 9/11. However, the park’s closure isn’t the end of its story.
Nara Dreamland (Japanese: 奈良ドリームランド, Hepburn: Nara Dorīmurando) or just simply Dreamland, was a theme park near Nara, Japan, heavily inspired by Disneyland in California. It was in continuous operation for 45 years, from 1961, closing permanently in 2006 as a result of falling attendance.
While the site itself closed in 2001, it wasn’t demolished for many years. Instead of demolishing the slides and clearing the area, it was all left to sit there entirely abandoned.
On January 2, 2022, Typhoon Lagoon finally reopened to Disney World Guests after being closed since March 2020 to due the ongoing pandemic.