7. Disney’s River Country
River Country was Disney World’s first foray into water parks. Located southeast of the Magic Kingdom, the park lay right next to a large lake, and hosted water slides, a giant swimming hole, playgrounds and other attractions. Its decor boasted a Mark Twain-inspired theme with rustic wilderness and wooden forts sprawling across the water.
While River Country was Disney’s first water park, the company would go on to open two more in Disney World, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. These parks improved upon River Country with more and larger attractions, eventually drawing crowds away from the original. This combined with a handful of safety breaches and concerns of lake bacteria eventually led to River Country’s permanent closure.
Rather than demolishing the park, Disney has allowed nature to claim the rocky hills and water slides of River Country, creating some breathtaking photo opportunities for urban explorers.