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Country Bear Jamboree

 

The Country Bear Jamboree is a long running Magic Kingdom classic. It was one of the last projects Uncle Walt worked on before his death. The original plan for the bears was to headline a Disney ski resort in California, but the plan never developed. The bears were then shipped to the Florida Project where they have been a big hit for years.

 

 

 

These guys and gals are right at home in the laid back setting of Frontierland. Country music classics delight fans of all ages. Songs like "The Ballad of Davey Crockett" and "Bear Band Serenade" bring the house down.

 

Grizzly Hall is the home of this classic attraction. It's a great big hall that seats a whole bunch of people, so don't be discouraged if the line seems real long.

 

The Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland The Five Bear Rugs - Photo by Joe Penniston

The Attraction

The Bears put on a 17 minute show full of corny songs, wise cracking jokes, and just an all around good time. There are 5 "stages" where the audio-animatronic characters seranade the audience with country ballads from. In one of the last scenes, Trixie sings a ballad while swinging from a perch suspended from the ceiling.

 

There is something for everyone here.

 

Wendell from the Country Bear Jamboree singing a fractured folk songWendell singing the Fractured Folk Song - Photo by Joe Penniston

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting tibits -

  • The Country Bear Christmas show started in Disneyland in 1984 and was performed in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom until 2005. It has been halted over copyright issues. Too bad. It was great.
  • There are 15 songs performed during the show by 24 audio-animatronic characters.
  • On the wall are 3 animal heads. Buff (a buffalo), Max (a deer) and Melvin (a moose) who interact with the show.

 

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History

This attraction first opened at Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971 when the park opened. This was the first attraction to debut at Disney World then be copied at Disneyland.

  • In 2002 Disney released a movie called the Country Bears based on the characters in the show.
  • In 2008 the show was refurbished with a new sound system and much more.

The Sun Bonnet Trio at the Country Bear JamboreeThe Sun Bonnet Trio- Photo by Don Sullivan

Dad's Ride Information Table

Country Bear Jamboree

Description: Watch the bears sing and dance to a western beat
Height Requirement - none Fastpass:no Length of Ride: 17 minutes
Type of ride: Sit down show in a nice cool air-conditioned room

Dad's Ratings

Toddlers
Pre-Teens
Teens
Adults
Grandparents
3 2 2 4 5

Other Information: A nice place for a quick, cool nap. The benches are kinda hard.

 

Gomer at Country Bear JamboreeGomer - Photo by Jeff_B.

The Fine Print

Here's some small print information

  • A Reflective Captioning is available for this attraction
  • Assisting Listening Receivers may be used at this attraction, they are available at Guest Relations
  • Guest may stay in the wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to enjoy this attraction.

Dad's Bottom Line

The new version of the bears is not as good as the old. It's a bit boring. It's a great place to take a rest on a hot Florida afternoon.