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Disney is draining and filling a former water park

River Country closed in 2002 after newer water parks at Disney World became more popular

August 27, 2016 10:50AM

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The River Country water park at Disney World before its 2002 closure.

The River Country water park at Disney World before its 2002 closure.

The Walt Disney Company is draining and filling a former water park at Disney World that the company closed 14 years ago. Disney has no immediate plans to demolish structures at the old River Country water park.

The company closed River Country in 2002 after two newer water parks at Disney World, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, became more popular. There is longstanding speculation that the River Country property will  be redeveloped as a Disney Vacation Club timeshare community. Disney said its decision to drain and fill River Country is unrelated to concerns about standing water as a breeding habitat for mosquitos carrying the Zika virus. [Orlando Sentinel] — Mike Seemuth

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