Podcast Episode 28: Whoop-N-Holler – River Country

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Welcome to Episode 28 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: “Whoop-N-Holler” – We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Corrections & Listener Mail

Spaceship Earth ride vehicles - note the "triangles".
Spaceship Earth ride vehicles – note the “triangles”.

Todd started us with some corrections on the Spaceship Earth episode. First, the music you hear is not called “Space”, instead it is an instrumental section of Tomorrow’s Child.

Another listener mentioned Michelangelo and which hand he supposedly actually preferred to create his masterpieces. How chimes in to tell us he is left handed…

The triangle boxes between the SSE cars were discussed during the episode. Former cast members informed us they did not know, so we discuss some of the more popular theories. This is going to start a new series on the show called – “How Did It Work”. 

Mickey Mouse of top of Spaceship Earth in EPCOT Center
Mickey on top of Spaceship Earth
Credit: Disney

The mailbag this month was crazy full. Brian goes into great detail about how Mickey stood on top of Spaceship Earth, involving a rope and high winds.

Next up, we discuss an email we received about the lack of children in the parks when you view some of our older films.

Finally, @FancyRobotCouch asks us why Mission To Mars closed… We go into some various reasons and also discuss an incredibly rare piece of film we just acquired. For questions, comments and concerns, please write us – podcast@retrowdw.com

Audio Rewind

Last month, the audio rewind song was Impressions de France: Opening Theme, if you guessed that, you were correct! The winner is Stephanie Haddon, winning a set of RetroWDW Pins. Great job Stephanie! 

Brian is also adding a souvenir photo set from the 1964-65 Worlds Fair; this was given out at the 2014 Destination D.

If you think you know the answer to this months audio rewind puzzler, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com – This month the winner will get a pack of RetroWDW Pins and random brochures!

All entries due 4/30/2017 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don’t win, you will gain an entry into the NEW SUMMER PRIZE POT!

Prize Pot 

This year, we are going to do a new and exciting prize giveaway. The RetroWDW Podcast will have two prize pots this year; one summer, one winter. 

The first prize pot item is the Walt Disney at the World’s Fair Four CD Set, followed by a NEW Official Disneyland/WDW LP Record from 1988 and new this month is A Surprise For Mickey Mouse Little Golden Book from 1971.

All entries for the audio rewind go to winning the Summer Prize Pot.

Main Topic

This month, we discuss the old swimmin’ hole: River Country. The original themed water park from 1976 is discussed in detail, taking you back with Birnbaum quotes and original guest testimony.

If you didn’t get to visit this 5 acre park, you are in luck because we walk through each experience and attraction. We even managed to lock down some original cast members who worked the park and their interviews are included in this episode. Take a trip back with us and re-live River Country in the glory days.

After you finish the episode, take a trip over to our YouTube Channel and watch one of our restored movies from when the park was fully operational.  Enjoy!

River Country Gallery

River Country Videos

See more restored Retro Walt Disney World videos on our YouTube or Vimeo Channels!

RetroWDW Merchandise

This month, we are bringing you two River Country designs in honor of our Podcast. How just keeps putting out these one of a kind designs that you cannot find anywhere else. Give How some feedback on your favorite design by tweeting at us, showing off your purchases. 

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Some of Our Latest Designs

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We hope you have enjoyed this episode! If you have any questions, suggestions or find errors please email us podcast@retrowdw.com.

Next Month

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May 12, 2019 5:05 pm

We have a local water park here in Virginia Beach that has some of the same types of slides and rides as this place. I used to work there when I was in high school . They did have a lot of lifeguards around in each ride though. They still operate today with those same rides. Not sure if they have electric eyes on them or not now, but I know they didn’t back when I worked there. I remember going there as a kid too, but at that time they only had 4 water slides.

B.J. Major
March 9, 2021 5:46 am

I was fortunate enough to be at the cast member weekend when River Country opened in 1976. I loved it and had a great time there. I am sad that it has not been open and used in many years. Once Disney builds something, I believe it should be maintained instead of being abandoned, but that’s just my opinion. The cast member “Eyes and Ears” publication’s headline the week I went to River Country was “The World has a new country!”

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