New Permit Linked to River Country Redevelopment

This week Disney moved closer to beginning construction on the site that was formerly home to Disney's River Country waterpark.  

Stolport Stockpile - May 2018

On May 7, 2018, a permit was filed with the South Florida Water Management District to use land in the Magic Kingdom area for temporary storage of landfill.  Dubbed "Stolport Stockpile", the project name refers to a plot of land just outside the Magic Kingdom entry gates which Disney has recently used for construction staging.  

When Walt Disney World was first being conceived, Walt Disney himself had a small airstrip constructed for use by his private plane.  Known as "STOLport" (for Short Take Off and Landing), the strip still exists to the east of World Drive leading into the Magic Kingdom.  It has not been used for air traffic in many years, but often serves as home to construction trailers and material storage for large projects in the Magic Kingdom resorts area.  

Stolport Stockpile - May 2018

This new permit seeks to utilize approximately 30 acres for what is described as "the temporary stockpiling of fill."

Permit applications link this Stolport Stockpile to what is called "Project 89."  Project 89 was previously identified as development of the former River Country waterpark site.  

Back in 2010, Disney embarked on several projects in the vicinity of River Country and Disney's Ft. Wilderness Campground which would have lead up to construction of a new Disney Vacation Club property.  Those plans were seemingly abandoned and leaked to the Internet in 2014.  

River Country DVC

Permits filed earlier this year suggest Disney plans some construction activity on this site, either a revival of the DVC project or some entirely different development.  

Construction is currently under way on the 300-room Disney's Rivera Resort adjacent to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.  Riviera has an estimated completion of fall 2019.  No follow-up project has yet been announced.  

DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: New Permit Linked to River Country Redevelopment -- imdizfan
2018 May 10 03:38:33 PM
CCV sales numbers prove there is demand for the area.
With Tron coming in 2021 to MK and MK celebrating 50 years (Oct. 1, 2021), the timing for another DVC resort in the MK area (2021-2022) would be perfect.
Re: New Permit Linked to River Country Redevelopment -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2018 May 11 07:56:02 AM
I doubt your hard core FW Camper is thrilled about having 1000 or so DVC guests hanging out in their back yard.
Re: New Permit Linked to River Country Redevelopment -- graydogg51
2018 May 11 10:23:04 PM
KNWVIKING 2.0 wrote:
I doubt your hard core FW Camper is thrilled about having 1000 or so DVC guests hanging out in their back yard.

If I was a camper, I’d just be counting my blessings that Disney keeps a campground open. I’m sure somebody looks at a map every year and thinks about how much more money they could make bulldozing it and building another resort there.


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Re: New Permit Linked to River Country Redevelopment -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2018 May 12 08:39:31 AM
graydogg51 wrote:
If I was a camper, I’d just be counting my blessings that Disney keeps a campground open. I’m sure somebody looks at a map every year and thinks about how much more money they could make bulldozing it and building another resort there.


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I was also thinking this could spell doom for the camp ground, but then I recall that the land the CG sits on is mostly wetlands. Similar to the Tree House Villas, the FW is grand fathered. As long as it remains a camp ground, wetland rules don't apply - at least entirely.

In Florida there is some law that states you can develope wetlands, but you also have to purchase large parcels of land in the Everglades and convert it to "pre white man" condition. Years ago Disney did this and now maintains a 10,000 acre parcel of land that used to be a cattle ranch. So I guess if the money is right, FW could still go bye bye.
Re: New Permit Linked to River Country Redevelopment -- graydogg51
2018 May 12 08:52:11 AM
KNWVIKING 2.0 wrote:
I was also thinking this could spell doom for the camp ground, but then I recall that the land the CG sits on is mostly wetlands. Similar to the Tree House Villas, the FW is grand fathered. As long as it remains a camp ground, wetland rules don't apply - at least entirely.

In Florida there is some law that states you can develope wetlands, but you also have to purchase large parcels of land in the Everglades and convert it to "pre white man" condition. Years ago Disney did this and now maintains a 10,000 acre parcel of land that used to be a cattle ranch. So I guess if the money is right, FW could still go bye bye.

Wetlands mitigation banking is a federal law, so it applies to all states including tribal lands. It’s why the Army Corps of Engineers issues the permits. Purchasing mitigation credits is like spending a fraction of a fraction of a penny to a major corporation, so I don’t think that factors in to their decision. Our clients do it all the time.


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