Most Disney fans already know that Walt Disney World has a lot of new attractions in the works, but guests might forget that the resort also has a lot of new hotel projects in the works too. Just yesterday Disney gave us an update on the new Star Wars boutique hotel that will be built right next to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and construction is progressing on expansions at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort as well as Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. And now it looks like Disney is planning on building yet another hotel, this time in a place that has long since vacant. 

River Country will finally be demolished to make way for a new Magic Kingdom hotel

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One of the most infamous locations in all of Walt Disney World is River Country, which was a well-liked water park at Walt Disney World near the Magic Kingdom, which was unceremoniously abandoned and left to rot for nearly two decades, with slides, pools, and other structures slowly being overtaken by nature. 

However, though this decaying park seemed like it was going to be a permanent part of Walt Disney World, it looks like Disney is finally ready to do something with this wasted space, as the Orlando Sentinel is now reporting that they have confirmed that Disney is indeed building a hotel on top of the former River Country site. 

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Interestingly, not only does the report from the Orlando Sentinel confirm that this new project is indeed moving forward, but it also says that construction is set to begin next year as well, which is definitely an interesting detail, especially as Disney has gone on record more than once denying the existence of this project. However, there are also some additional details that certainly make this report seem like more than speculation.

For instance, last month, Disney quietly filed permit applications with state of Florida for a mysterious project 89, which included a 30-acre site just south of Magic Kingdom. At the time many speculated that this permit was for a staging area of some sort, and with this new information, that seems like a fair assessment, as there is going to be a lot of support space needed to construct this new hotel, especially if some of the rumors about it are true... 


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