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    Exclamation Permits Filed Near Former River Country Site: Updated 9/2/18

    9/2/18

    With the recent indefinite closure of Mickey's Backyard BBQ, the potential construction project for the former River Country site appears to be gaining steam.

    The leading rumour is that this is the beginning of preparations for the shelved "The Villas at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort". The resort was proposed in 2011 and went as far as having blue prints drawn up architecture firm GSB Inc.

    The resort would be expected to be the next property after the under-construction Disney's Rivera Resort. With previous timeshare projects, the formal announcement of the project could lag the start of construction.

    3/6/18


    The Walt Disney World resort has filed Application #180305-371 to explore the suitability of land around the former River Country site:

    Quote Originally Posted by Application #: 180305-371

    Project Name:
    Project 89 Geotech Borings
    Project Acres: 0.5
    Landuse(s): Commercial And Services
    Location: Orange S12/T24/R27

    The applicant is evaluating current conditions in Wetlands 7.1G, 7.1K and 7.22. Applicant requests the ability to permit temporary wetland impacts to allow for entry by sub-aqueous geotechnical drill rigs to collect data and assess the suitability of subsurface soils.

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    If I was going to take a wild guess, I would say they are considering adding on to the wilderness lodge resort complex.

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    More DVC bungalows!!

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    Given the nature of this work, is doubtful that they have even any squishy plans, let alone firm ones for the site. The work being done would indicate that they're not sure what they could actually build on the site, and are wanting to determine what their options might actually be - is the site stable enough to build a 16-story tower or would they be much more limited in what they could build.

    It is a prime piece of real estate. They could be looking way out and thinking about the next fully immersive experience after the Star Wars hotel, that sees a hotel on the River Country site and then using Discovery Island as a new, separate, playground/experience area (a la Westworld). Just a thought. I wouldn't expect anything for many years though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangorn View Post
    Given the nature of this work, is doubtful that they have even any squishy plans, let alone firm ones for the site. The work being done would indicate that they're not sure what they could actually build on the site, and are wanting to determine what their options might actually be - is the site stable enough to build a 16-story tower or would they be much more limited in what they could build.

    It is a prime piece of real estate. They could be looking way out and thinking about the next fully immersive experience after the Star Wars hotel, that sees a hotel on the River Country site and then using Discovery Island as a new, separate, playground/experience area (a la Westworld). Just a thought. I wouldn't expect anything for many years though.

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    I wonder if it is to consider the DVC planned for the Fort Wilderness area that was leaked several years ago, but never built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texas211 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cinderelley View Post
    Great. Now I have the Bad Lip Reading "Seagulls" song stuck in my head.
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    You had to go there?!? Now it is stuck in my head too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coleby View Post
    You had to go there?!? Now it is stuck in my head too.
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    So is this going to be some sort of "glamping" experience?
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    Quote Originally Posted by baldburke View Post
    So is this going to be some sort of "glamping" experience?
    By all accounts, these will be villas...

    I remember seeing, a few years ago, plans for this area... The resort area was designed to look like a horse... It was really well thought out... I did question how legit those blue prints, were, but they were from someone who had info before so...

    But from then to know I am sure plans and designs have changed... I'm interested in seeing the concept for these rooms....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizneyFreak2002 View Post
    By all accounts, these will be villas...

    I remember seeing, a few years ago, plans for this area... The resort area was designed to look like a horse... It was really well thought out... I did question how legit those blue prints, were, but they were from someone who had info before so...

    But from then to know I am sure plans and designs have changed... I'm interested in seeing the concept for these rooms....
    Heck! Why not put villas out at the old Discovery Island too then? Make it a more exclusive, ultra quiet escape for visitors?
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    more DVC.....
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