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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    How many people got sick/died via the amoebas from that park

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by Bags deserves bett View Post
    How many people got sick/died via the amoebas from that park



    I think the rumors about the whole Bay Lake being infectious is somewhat true, but the main and definite reason (confirmed by an Imagineer I've spoken to) is that the park closed because Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach have more capacity and draw more people.

    To answer your question, I don't think anyone has died.

    one hundred and one

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    If WDW ever needs a third water park, I could easily see River Country's theme inspiring it, even if it were in a different location. I for one would love to see a more elaborate, more fleshed-out "ol'-fashioned swimmin' hole" even if it wasn't on Bake Lake.


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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered


    What is that wall in the back?

    Also very nice find Disney is now even too cheap to remove the stuff

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by Twist1234 View Post

    What is that wall in the back?

    Also very nice find Disney is now even too cheap to remove the stuff
    from other pictures it seemed to be around a swimming pool.

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    I had a look around there the other week and it's looking very overgrown... Truly returning to nature!

    To be honest, I think it looks better now than it did when it was open - I didn't like it very much and sadly can't even get nostalgic about it, when I look back through old photos and videos.

    Up until this year I thought that management should have done something about the remaining slides and fittings that were / are (a bit) visible from the lake but I think it's less obvious now and if you're a newish guest it's quite likely that you never notice this entire area, from the lake.

    Having said that, it is a bit of a mess with the 'temporary' wall blocking off the old entrance etc from Fort Wilderness!

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Link? I can't find the photos. Horrible website to navigate.

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Thanks Pengy for reminding me about the rule about links to other boards. Sorry if it created any problems.

    I'm going ahead and copying a few of the pictures here for people to look at so we can see the shape River Country is in now. What I'm most surprised about is that WDW management is content to put of a few flimsy temporary barracades and just ignore it. If they aren't going to bring it back then they should tear it down. It's obviously easy to get in to explore the area. What happens if a kid gets back there and gets hurt or drowns?

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryce05 View Post
    Link? I can't find the photos. Horrible website to navigate.
    just do a google search of River Country - The DIS Discussion Forums

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Please note these pictures are NOT from me!!! These are from a user named Tri-Circle-D at Disboards.com

    Here's a map of River Country




    The following text is from Tri-Circle D:

    Here are some photos taken in November, 2009.

    These photos begin with photos of the slides which were known as Whoop ‘N Holler Hollow. This is the highest point in River Country. From here, you could choose between two slide, both of which dropped the guest of in rather deep water at the base of the hill. This is the walkway that lead to the higher of the two slides:





    This is the view of Bay Lake and the Contemporary Resort in the distance from the top of Whoop N’ Holler Hollow:





    This is the slide as it looks today:



















    This is an old water wheel that used to spin around at the top of the hill:




    This is one of the sets of stairs that led up to the slide. As you can see, the entire walkway has been obscured by vegetation:




    This is the walkway that leads to the lower slide:

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by airamerica View Post
    i had a look around there the other week and it's looking very overgrown... Truly returning to nature!

    To be honest, i think it looks better now than it did when it was open - i didn't like it very much and sadly can't even get nostalgic about it, when i look back through old photos and videos.

    Up until this year i thought that management should have done something about the remaining slides and fittings that were / are (a bit) visible from the lake but i think it's less obvious now and if you're a newish guest it's quite likely that you never notice this entire area, from the lake.

    Having said that, it is a bit of a mess with the 'temporary' wall blocking off the old entrance etc from fort wilderness!
    so thats what that wall is!

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by OogieBoogie View Post

    What I'm most surprised about is that WDW management is content to put of a few flimsy temporary barracades and just ignore it. If they aren't going to bring it back then they should tear it down. It's obviously easy to get in to explore the area. What happens if a kid gets back there and gets hurt or drowns?
    So true that is very dangerous and there are no safety precaution so there screwed if something happens in there.

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    I'm just wondering, but looking at the photos and video footage, was "White Water Rapids" an in-the-ground tube chute (Schlitterbahn style, for y'all Texans)? Its hard to tell from those, but it really looks like one. Its sad that it closed then, because those types of attractions are really fun (if they're done right) and there aren't many of them left. The best place to find them is at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, TX.

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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Here's some shots from White Water Rapids (again these are from Tri Circle D, not me)

    I think these show that it was a in the ground tube chute..

    This is where you would get in the water and sit in the tube...





    The first drop...



    Part of the chute...




    And I believe the chute ended here...



    Here's also a sign for the ride..
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    Re: Disney's lost water park discovered

    Quote Originally Posted by Imagineer Scott View Post


    I think the rumors about the whole Bay Lake being infectious is somewhat true, but the main and definite reason (confirmed by an Imagineer I've spoken to) is that the park closed because Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach have more capacity and draw more people.

    To answer your question, I don't think anyone has died.

    Actually its not Bay Lake that's most lakes in Florida have amoeba that and how they "get" you is by jumping in lakes or sliding up your nose and being lodged in your brain.

    And normally the death occurs a day or two after the accident, its never absolute its cause

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