Photographer Banned From Disney World For Publishing Abandoned Park Images

Published date on March 22, 2016

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Just around the river bend is an abandoned Disney water park left by the multibillion dollar company to decay for 15 years.

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Photographer Seph Lawless informed Dailymail.com that he’s officially banned from Disney World because he dared take a slew of frighteningly beautiful images of water slides consumed by flowers and vines along with attractions that no longer exist.

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Disney’s River Country water park opened as Walt Disney World’s first water park in 1976 and after closing in 2001, it was left to crumble, according to Seph Lawless. 

Zooming in: Photographer Seph Lawless informed Dailymail.com that he's officially banned from Disney World because he dared take frighteningly beautiful images of water slides consumed by flowers and vines along with signs to attractions that no longer exist

Zooming in: Photographer Seph Lawless informed Dailymail.com that he’s officially banned from Disney World because he dared take frighteningly beautiful images of water slides consumed by flowers and vines along with signs to attractions that no longer exist

Dangerous waters: In an email to Dailymail.com, Lawless says he interviewed workers who operate Bay Lake where the park is located and he says they told him that the lake is dangerous to swim in

Dangerous waters: In an email to Dailymail.com, Lawless says he interviewed workers who operate Bay Lake where the park is located and he says they told him that the lake is dangerous to swim in

Decay: Disney's River Country opened as Walt Disney World's first water park in 1976 and after closing in 2001, it was left to crumble, according to Seph Lawless

Decay: Disney’s River Country opened as Walt Disney World’s first water park in 1976 and after closing in 2001, it was left to crumble, according to Seph Lawless

Creepy: River Country, which now looks like something out of a horror film, was also home to tragedy in 1980 when a little boy visiting the park died after a rare amoeba went up his nose and seized his brain and nervous system

Creepy: River Country, which now looks like something out of a horror film, was also home to tragedy in 1980 when a little boy visiting the park died after a rare amoeba went up his nose and seized his brain and nervous system

Ban: Lawless says he's been told to stay away from Disney World properties despite legally renting a Disney boat and also capturing images by using a new robotic drone by Autel Robotics

Ban: Lawless says he’s been told to stay away from Disney World properties despite legally renting a Disney boat and also capturing images by using a new robotic drone by Autel Robotics

Attention: Lawless hopes his photos bring awareness to the issue of a huge corporation like Disney failing to clean up what they left behind

Attention: Lawless hopes his photos bring awareness to the issue of a huge corporation like Disney failing to clean up what they left behind

Anniversary: Next month is the 40 year anniversary of the open of River Country and Lawless' images are a celebration of beauty as well as a revealing lens into an old park left by a wealthy corporation 

Anniversary: Next month is the 40 year anniversary of the open of River Country and Lawless’ images are a celebration of beauty as well as a revealing lens into an old park left by a wealthy corporation.

To see more images visit Disney World park left abandoned in 2001

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