Perhaps no one else will agree, but I think the sides of this water slide look low enough for someone to get airborne with minimal personal effort. I also noticed the guy standing up on the slide in the bottom right corner of the photo, with little to no barriers on either side. Am I seeing this correctly? It seriously looks like there are several opportunities to fall 50 feet or more.... Don't get me wrong; the slide looks awesome and I wish I could try it out. I'm not the type person to think the world needs to be covered in foam padding and guard rails, but the attraction really looks a bit lawsuit-provoking from this angle. There's even a strategically cut-out notch about 30 feet straight ahead that looks optimized for being jettisoned into the woods when you head around that first left turn.
Well, I am no WDW expert, but River Country was around for 25-some years without deaths that I have heard about. In any case, is a moot issue, as it is long-closed now with the advent of the larger water parks.....
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Yup. I've seen kids between 8-10 or even a little older in those rented Disney strollers. Every time I see one I just stare and think, "Seriously?!" Further proof the human race is de-evolving. It's sickening. My parents hardly ever used a stroller with me when I was a toddler. They taught me to appreciate and LIKE walking. We used to go for family walks all the time in the neighborhood, so walking through theme parks was a piece of cake.
Most of the guidebooks and advice columns I've read when planning my latest trip say that a stroller is an absolute must for any kids 10 or younger. And when I got there, it was true - almost every family I saw with preteen kids had a stroller. When I was five years old, I would have been absolutely mortified if anyone suggested I ride in a stroller like a baby.
I think a lot of parents don't want to be bothered watching their kids to make sure they don't wander off. I also think many parents are thinking, "I paid an arm and a leg for this vacation, and I'm not going to waste valuable time letting the kids rest if they get tired from walking."
I don't believe there is any hotel pictured. Since Spaceship Earth is under construction in the photo, it is probably about 1979 - 1980. Back then, there were no hotels on property, except for the Contemporary, and the Polenesian, both near Magic Kingdom.