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1/20/05: Today, Disney announced that
River Country is permanently CLOSED.

This FAQ is Maintained By Denise Adams
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What exactly is River Country?

River Country (RC) is a water park with an "Ol' Swimmin' Hole" theme. It was the first water park built at Walt Disney World and is smaller than both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

When is River Country open?

April 7-21, 24-26, 28 10 am-6 pm
May 1, Sept 1 10 am-6 pm

Where is RC located?

River Country is located in the Fort Wilderness Resort on the shore of Bay Lake. The entrance to RC is next to the Pioneer Hall restaurant complex.

How much is admission?

The good news is there is no change in price from last year. A one-day ticket to River Country is currently $15.95 for adults and $12.50 for children 3-9 years of age. These prices do not include tax. Guests staying at the Fort Wilderness Resort are eligible for discounted admission to River Country. Length-Of-Stay Passes include admission to River Country. The Park is a option for the Hopper Plus Pass.

What is there to do at River Country?

There are three main sections to the park: Bay Cove - This is the area of the park with the 'Ol Swimmin' Hole theme. There are rope swings, T-Bars, large platforms, a ship's boom and other areas from which swimmers can plunge into the water. Also in this area is Whoop-'N-Holler Hollow which has two water slides (one 160 feet long and one 260 feet long) and White Water Rapids which sends guests down a contoured, water-filled path in inner tubes.

Upstream Plunge - A 330,000 gallon swimming pool is located between the entrance and Bay Cove. Upstream Plunge has a built in rock formation along one side which houses Slippery Slide Falls - two slides that begin high up in the "rocks" but end well above the surface of the water.

Beach Area/Kiddie Cove - This area is located on the inland end of Bay Cove. It offers a tamer version of Bay Cove which is better suited to younger children. There is a beach with lounge chairs along one side and a grassy area with picnic tables and Indian Springs, a fountain which children can't seem to get enough of. In addition there is a Cypress Point Nature Trail which is located along the shore of Bay Lake.

What is the "All American Water Party"?

One of the most endearing characteristics of River Country is the "All American Water Party" held during the summer months. "Supergreeters" announce various activities during the day. On the day we visited, there was a "water Mickey Says" game at Indian Springs for young children, Cannonball contest for kids at Upstream Plunge (judged by the adults) and a Cannonball adults contest (judged by the kids). Small prizes are awarded to participants. A bluegrass band performs several times a day near the entrance to Cypress Point Nature Trail.

Where can we change?

Locker rooms are located near the entrance to River Country. Both the Men's and Women's facilities offer changing rooms and showers as well as lockers. Large lockers cost $5 (plus a $2 refundable deposit) and smaller lockers cost $3 (plus same $2 deposit) per day.

Do we need to bring our own towels or will there be some available at the park?

Towels are available for rental at River Country. Each towel costs $1 but they are not very big so you may prefer to bring your own. Towels are also available for purchase at the Beach Shop.

Are there characters at RC?

Several classic Disney characters make daily appearances at River Country. During the 1999 season, Minnie, Pluto, Chip and Dale were regulars. Goofy made special appearances arriving on water skis from bay lake. RC has it's on version of the 3 PM parade where anyone who wants to walks around the park with the characters. This is a great chance for kids to interact with there favorite Disney friends.

Can we bring a picnic lunch with us?

Sure, picnickers are welcome at River Country, however alcohol and glass containers are not permitted. There are picnic tables scattered throughout the park or guests can eat right on the beach.

Can we buy lunch at River Country?

Yes. Pop's Place, a fast food restaurant, is located near the changing rooms. Nachos, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, fried chicken, pretzels and beverages are on the menu. The Watering Hole opens during busier seasons and has a limited menu. You can also exit River Country and eat at one of the restaurants in Fort Wilderness's Pioneer Hall complex. Finally, Fort Wilderness's Settlement Trading Posts offers a number of items for take-out. Some people like to take a break from River Country and enjoy a picnic along the Fort Wilderness beach.

Okay, we want to go explore Fort Wilderness for a while...can we get back into River Country later?

Yes, just get a hand-stamp on your way out. When you return the Castmember at the entrance will ask to see your handstamp and your ticket or all-inclusive pass.

Help! I forgot my sunscreen! Where can I get some?

The Beach Shop is the place for sunscreen, as well as pails, shovels, film, beach towels and a limited selection of swimwear.

It looks like it is going to rain. Is it still worth going to RC?

Melissa writes: I thought you may be interested in knowing that River Country has a rain provision. We were in the water park last August, when a typical Florida thunderstorm struck. We were all instructed to go to the pavilion used for the Backyard BBQ. After 30 minutes with no let up in sight, we were told that if we had been in the park less than 3 hours, they would give us a comp ticket to be used another day. Incidentally, the tx never expires, and since we had just about seen all River Country has to offer, we elected to save the tx until another visit. We loved the American water celebration. There is something about the characters on the beach that is especially exciting. My 9 year old loved the scavenger hunts and other character led activities!

We've heard that River Country is not as good as Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. What's the story?

Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are larger than River Country and, therefore, have more attractions. They also have very long lines for their water slides and raft rides. River Country, by comparison, has fewer attractions but it is often less crowded than the two newer parks, even during the summer and is more laid-back and quiet.

It's themeing is terrific as well. If you are into "thrill" rides and wave pools then the other parks are probably what you are looking for. However if you want to have a great day splashing around and getting wet then River Country will do the job. It is also a great initiation to water parks for younger children.

Okay, we're ready to go to River do we get there?

By Car - Enter through the Magic Kingdom toll booths (stay to the right as you approach them) and then follow the signs for River Country. Buses take guests from the parking lot to the River Country entrance.

By Bus - Buses bound for Fort Wilderness depart from the Transportation & Ticket Center regularly throughout the day. These buses will drop guests off at the Pioneer Hall bus stop in Fort Wilderness. From here it is a short walk to the River Country entrance. After exiting the bus guests should follow the path to their left. The River Country entrance will be just after the Pioneer Hall Restaurant complex on the left.

By Boat - Guests who are at the Magic Kingdom, Wilderness Lodge or Contemporary Resort can take motor launches directly to the Fort Wilderness docks. The entrance to River Country will be straight ahead and to your right.

Anything else we should know?

There is a small first aid station located near the locker rooms.

The rock formations at Fort Wilderness were designed by the same man who created Big Thunder Mountain at the Magic Kingdom.

On busy days the ticket windows will close as River Country reaches its capacity. If you plan on visiting during the summer it is often a good idea to get your tickets in advance. Guests who already have tickets (including those who have Length-of-Stay Passes or Hopper Plus Passes) will still be admitted until the park actually reaches capacity, even if the ticket windows are closed.

River Country is usually closed for refurbishment during part of the Fall or Winter.

Guests can call (407) 824-4321 for up-to-date information.


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