River Country at Walt Disney World

Revisiting River Country

June 20, 1976, marked the opening of River Country, the first water park at Walt Disney World Resort.
In the 25 years that followed, approximately 4,000 guests would arrive daily to splash, soak, and sun at the park until its closing in September 2001.

Let’s take a look at some documents and images from a bygone, hootin’, hollerin’ fan-favorite spot near Disney’s…

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Ray Watson

Ray Watson

Raymond L. Watson was born on October 4, 1926, in Seattle, Washington. After moving to Oakland, California, in 1934, Ray was raised by his grandmother, spending his summers at the state beaches and parks where his father worked as a carpenter. After a short stint in the Unites States Army Air Forces Cadet Training Program toward the end of World War II, Ray enrolled at…

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