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These Photos Of An Abandoned Disney World Water Park Will Totally Creep You Out

Waterslides full of weeds.

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River Country was Disney World's first water park. It opened in Orlando, Florida, in 1976 and officially closed its doors in 2005. #RIP.

The park was not without its problems: In 1980, an 11-year-old died from a bacterial disease he picked up while swimming in the park's lake.

It turns out that the River Country's vaunted system of using Florida's fresh water was to blame. The child's death was caused by amoebic meningoencephalitis, which was known to run rampant in Florida's water system.


River County was left to languish and deteriorate naturally for the last 11 years, and photographer Seph Lawless was able to gain access and shoot some creepy but mega compelling photos of the park's lost grandeur.


The waterslides were especially moving for Lawless. "They were completely covered in vines and flowers. I think it was just about the most beautiful thing I've ever witnessed on any project I've done."