I’M LIKE A BIRD.. A FROZEN ONE. WHILE I SEARCH FOR MY SOUL I”LL ALSO TELL YOU A BIT ABOUT THE SEARCH FOR DISNEY’S RIVER COUNTRY

It’s 2018 – and 2017 flew away like a bird. Here we are and we’re beautiful.  It appears that Disney World will never fade (this past year’s hurricane proved that). 

It also appears that Disney World has a park that is fading into a ghost town: River Country. In Fort Wilderness, next to Bay Lake, stands River Country. Water structures are still standing, eerily ready for guests, as the park has been abandoned for over a decade. 

The park has trees and vines winding around the water slides. Alligators and beavers are probably burrowing homes beneath the pools.  Or do the alligators eat the beavers? 

River Country debuted in the mid 1970s, with President Ford’s daughter Susan plummeting down the 260 foot Whoop ‘n Holler Hollow slide. 

After all these years, it pains me a bit to think that River Country was built with hopes of becoming a great country. It did operate for a while. And now in 2017 it still stands there and apparently will decay into nothing. 

The Orland Sentinel published a story in August of last year that gives us some hope: click here to read the article.   Apparently the property is finally being drained to avoid liability

We’re finishing off the year and starting the year in the same way that we do every year: with a series of polar bear plunges. For those of you who don’t know what polar bear plunges are, they are icy cold runs into the body of water of your choice. Here’s a fun video I found of a Coney Island Polar Bear plunge: 

It’s not only a  huge adrenaline rush, but a great way to “cleanse” yourself and get ready for the year ahead. It’s very hard for us all to figure out who we are. Where do we find our soul? Our home? With everything that has happened this year, how do we know that our home will stay standing? How do we know it won’t become an abandoned water hole? All we can do is move ahead! And keep making our vacation plans. And try and have the Happiest of New Years!!!

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