I wanted to share some information that I got yesterday. DH and I attended a big RV show in Tampa yesterday. We have attended this show in past years and, as always, there were representatives there from FW. There is one gentleman that we have met on several occasions who regularly attends things like this and he has helped us out on property many times.
I stopped to say hello and he filled me in on some refurbishment plans for the next 2 years. I consider him a very reliable source.
So, he told me that they have already begun refurbishing the sights. They had before and after pics up showing the difference. They will be getting made wider and longer. FW execs realize that the trend in RVing is that RV’s are getting larger.
Take us for instance, we are around 70 feet long total with truck and trailer. Of course, we are an exception. Most folks don’t haul their RV’s with semi, although it is a growing trend.
All of the loops in the center of the resort will be getting refurbished. This includes loops 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 2000, and 2100.
They are also redoing a lot of the greenery and adding new plants.
The best part, IMHO, is that next January they will begin a pool rehab. They will add a water slide and give it more of a water park feel. He expected that the pool refurb would take approximately until next April.
I am pretty excited about all of this. As this is our favorite resort, I am happy to hear about any improvements.
Now, RIVER COUNTRY. I asked him what would come of this sad, forgotten space. He told me that is will most like be torn down. Most of the rumors we have heard about it are not true, like bacteria issues and such. It closed because of cost issues. It was expensive to run and operate and it was not generating enough revenue once BB an TL opened.
When the other 2 parks opened, RC just couldn’t compete. As of now it would cost something like $12 million to refurbish and they would need something like 15,000 people to come through the gates every day to make it worth operating and they just don’t see that happening.
He didn’t have any specifics as to when that might happen, but sadly is will most likely never be re-opened.
So that’s the scoop. I hope someone finds some of this of interest. I just felt like sharing.