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.


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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For comparison, a current satellite image of the "Project 89" site is below:

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