Pool at Walt Disney World’s closed River Country water park being drained and filled in

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The once beloved River Country water park near Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort has been a desolate spot overrun by weeds and algae since it closed its gates in 2002. Rather than remove the extinct attraction, Disney has chosen to leave the area untouched…until now.

Over a decade later, Disney has turned its attention to Upstream Plunge, a 330,000 gallon kidney-shaped pool. Orlando Sentinel reports that there are plans for the pool to be drained and filled-in. No specific reasons have been given by Disney as to why they are filling the pool; however, speculation is that it is due to its proximity to a popular dining event, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. With the pool being adjacent to the area where many families dine regularly with their children, the thought is that the water hole could be a liability should someone manage to find their way into the prohibited space.

Upstream Plunge

Disney has stated that the work on Upstream Plunge has been intended for some time now but that they there is no plan to tear down other areas of the park in near future. Orlando Sentinel notes that there has long been speculation that the area will eventually be redeveloped for Disney Vacation Club

Photo Source: Disney Parks Blog, RoadTrippers.com


  1. Ken Hutchinson

    Another possible reason. A potential ZIka breeding ground, fill it in and you avoid lawsuits

  2. Ryan Beardall

    Confused on a couple points: If it is unused, why is it filled with water? Are they draining the water and refilling it with water, or dirt, or something else?

  3. Lori Doak

    If they are worried about people perhaps wondering over to the old park and injuring themselves, why fill it with water with no supervision around?

    1. Louise

      It’s *currently* filled with water (as seen in the photo in the article & multiple videos on YouTube); they are planning to DRAIN it. And then “fill it in”– with cement or the like. Not fill it back up with water.

  4. Tracy

    I would say it is close enough to the area where the little boy was scooped up by the gator and any unnecessary ,overgrown wetlands will now be dealt with in order to keep people away and decrease liability.

  5. Garaan

    I’m going to vote for ‘avoiding mosquito breeding ground’ myself. There’s a lot of parents at Disney events, which includes a high (perhaps unusually high) proportion of pregnant (or soon-to-be pregnant) women, who are the ones that have any real risk from Zika. They’re undoubtedly just playing it safe and bulldozing the worst offenders so no one can point and say that’s where they caught it and sue.

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