Is Disney’s Abandoned River Country Getting Closer to Becoming a DVC Resort?

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It would seem that Disney’s abandoned River Country is a step closer to becoming the latest DVC resort.

Several outlets are reporting that a design firm has been selected, meaning that a new DVC resort could be coming very soon.

The rumored architecture firm is Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG). Balfour Beatty will be the construction manager for the project. The firm specializes in luxury architecture, and also designed the Grand Floridian Resort in Welt Disney World.

This resort is expected to have around 300 DVC rooms, plus another 400 standard hotel rooms. However, it’s believed that it will open well after the Riviera and Star Wars hotels are completed.

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Earlier in the month, we reported on a new prep work area, believed to be associated with this resort.

River Country closed for good in 2001, and the water was drained in 2016.

Disney has not officially announced a new resort in the area.

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From the Orlando Sentinel

“At any given time we have numerous projects in varied stages of development across the (Walt Disney World) resort,” a spokeswoman said, according to a GrowthSpotter story that first reported on the project Wednesday.

More details to come as we hear them.

[Source: WDW News Today, Orlando Sentinel]


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