Disney's first water park is 'set to become a hotel'

 An abandoned water park in Orlando will become a Disney resort, insiders say.

The River Country water park, which opened in 1976, was the first of its kind in Walt Disney World - but it closed for good in 2001. 

The water was finally drained out in 2016, and now it appears the site will be transformed into a hotel resort.

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Disney's first ever water park, River Country (pictured) could soon become a hotel

Disney's first ever water park, River Country (pictured) could soon become a hotel

The park opened inside Walt Disney World in 1976 and closed in 2001

The park opened inside Walt Disney World in 1976 and closed in 2001

It was not demolished after its closure, and has sat and deteriorated for more than a decade (pictured 2009)

It was not demolished after its closure, and has sat and deteriorated for more than a decade (pictured 2009)

The once popular park is now empty, with trees seen covering dirty, dry waterslides

The once popular park is now empty, with trees seen covering dirty, dry waterslides

A number of permit applications have convinced Disney superfans the company will build a resort on the site

A number of permit applications have convinced Disney superfans the company will build a resort on the site

The pool, designed to look as though it was part of the river, was finally drained in 2016, leaving some to speculate things were moving ahead

The pool, designed to look as though it was part of the river, was finally drained in 2016, leaving some to speculate things were moving ahead

Disney filed paperwork in March to undertake boring on either side of the land, possibly to see if it was suitable for building on Walt Disney World News Today reported. 

Designs leaked in 2010 and published on Disney Vacation Club News show the company were considering building timeshare housing - though it was not clear where. 

Further applications to make changes to the land, also published on DVCN, suggest the build would take place on the site of River Country. 

Architecture firm WATG, the brains behind multiple other Disney accommodation facilities, has also reportedly been chosen to design the project, GrowthSpotter reported. 

Disney are also rumored to have

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