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Is Disney’s Blizzard Beach to Become the Next Abandoned River Country?

Summer has arrived, and while typically Disney fans are hurrying off to both of Walt Disney World Resort’s Water Parks, including Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, Summer 2022 leaves us with only one Water Park option. But, is Blizzard Beach to become the next River Country? We think NOT!

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Blizzard Beach Slush Gusher (Credit: Disney)

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is a Water Theme Park filled with enticing, refreshing attractions on a beautiful, sunny Central Florida day! The Park is known for its terrifyingly fun Summit Plummet water slide, family-friendly Teamboat Springs, Slush Gusher, Downhill Double Dipper, Mount Gushmore, Runoff Rapids, and the relaxing Cross Country Creek lazy river.

Even though Blizzard Beach did reopen after COVID closures, it closed again on January 1, 2022. Some fans, however, can’t seem to shake the refurbishment memories of Walt Disney World’s former Water Park, River Country.

Disney’s River Country was Walt Disney World’s first Water Park which closed in November 2001 only to never open again. Located along the shores of Bay Lake and near Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, the Water Park now sits abandoned, overgrown by the lush landscape. The Park was seemingly left behind and completely forgotten.

But, does the future hold the same for Disney’s Blizzard Beach as it did for the Disney Park River Country? Even though Disney has yet to reveal anything further than “Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is closed at this time” – all signs point to Blizzard Beach making a comeback!

We previously shared that Walt Disney Imagineering has filed a permit that could mean long-term refurbishment, changes, or an entirely new attraction. Even more encouraging are new photos showing the beginning signs of unknown work underway.

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Credit: @bioreconstruct

@bioreconstruct took to social media to share several aerial overview photos of Disney Blizzard Beach’s current state as of June 11, 2022.

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Credit: @bioreconstruct

In the photo below, @bioreconstruct notes, “Left and center arrows in this aerial at some of the work in progress during refurbishment of Blizzard Beach. The clearing seems to be a staging area. Right arrow at a sidewalk along Buena Vista Drive.”

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Credit: @bioreconstruct

Here’s an up-close photo of the staging area:

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Credit: @bioreconstruct

Another photo shows items set aside in the staging area:

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Credit: @bioreconstruct

Blizzard Beach doesn’t look like an abandoned Disney Water Park at all with this aerial look at scaffolding work near a Blizzard Beach waterslide below. We suspect Walt Disney World Resort wouldn’t be working on a Park it plans to abandon but rather is looking to create an exceptional Disney experience for the future.

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Credit: @bioreconstruct

While we do believe big changes are coming to Disney’s beloved Blizzard Beach, all signs point to the Water Park coming back better than ever. Hopefully, Disney will have some news to share soon about what’s to come for Blizzard Beach to snuff out any River Country repeat fears. Meanwhile, be sure to snag a ticket to enjoy Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this sunmmer!

About Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.