Yesterday Disney Parks & Resorts filed plans with the South Florida Water Management District for an elusive “Project 89” at the former River Country Water Park site, located between Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge. The stated purpose of the project is to “conduct geotechnical investigation to assess the suitability of subsurface soils” for development. The work is planned to commence 03/05/18 and be completed by 4/6/18.
This is not the first time Disney Parks & Resorts has eyed River Country for development. In September 2011, Disney filed plans for a Fort Wilderness DVC resort. Below is the site plan dated September 30, 2011 for “Project 2011-2” at Fort Wilderness.
After the project was canceled, the design firm for the project released the following rendering and video of the planned resort:
While these plans never came to fruition, they could be revived.