Gabrielle Russon writing for The Orlando Sentinel
For Disney World lovers, there will eventually be a new place to stay as construction is set to begin next year on a large-scale themed hotel and timeshare resort at the site of the long- dormant River Country water park.
For those unfamiliar with Disney’s River Country, it was an extremely ambitious water park in the 70s located near Fort Wilderness. Thanks to an elaborate filtration system, it had a pretty great illusion that made it appear as though you were swimming in the water of Bay Lake. Needless to say that wasn’t easy to maintain, so it was closed 20 years ago and has since been overrun by local wildlife. There is a great story at Theme Park Tourist that goes into more detail that you should definitely check out.
As for me, I'm not sure if I'll ever have the chance to stay there, but I'm pretty excited about this rumor. On last weeks episode of The Average Dis Nerd Show, Chris from WDW weekly discussed his recent trip to Copper Creek, the newest Disney Vacation Club resort. He’s quite the promoter of the property & said it has elevated Wilderness Lodge to be his favorite Disney resort.
I personally haven’t been in the rooms, but I’ve had more than a handful of drinks at Geyser Point, and can’t say enough good things about the area. The secluded nature of the Wilderness Lodge/Ft. Wilderness area is so soothing, which is exactly what I’m looking for when I’m on vacation. Beach Club might still be my favorite resort, but the Wilderness family of resorts is climbing up that list, so count me in for this.
If any readers out there are DVC members that would plan a trip to stay here, I promise I don’t snore.