|Country Bear Jamboree|
|Attraction type||Audio-Animatronic theater presentation|
|Hosted by||Henry the bear|
|Ride duration||15:55 minutes|
|Opening date||October 1, 1971|
|Sponsored by||Pepsi-Cola and Frito Lay|
|Opening date||March 4, 1972|
|Closing date||September 9, 2001|
|Replaced by||The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh|
|Sponsored by||Wonder Bread|
|Opening date||April 15, 1983|
The Country Bear Jamboree is an attraction at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort and at Tokyo Disneyland in the Tokyo Disney Resort, as well as a former attraction at Disneyland Park. Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED Walter Elias Disney to This article is about the Theme park at Walt Disney World Resort. For the closed theme park in Morecambe, England, see Frontierland Morecambe. Pepsi-Cola is a carbonated beverage that is produced and manufactured by PepsiCo. For the chips synonymous with the company see Fritos and Lay's. Critter Country is one of the "themed lands" at the Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company. History After the rise in popularity of Walt Disney's film adaptation of Winnie the Pooh, Disney Imagineers made plans in the late 1970s for a Winnie the Pooh is a 115 acre (466535 m² Theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. For the closed theme park in Morecambe, England, see Frontierland Morecambe. This article is about the Theme park at Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world containing four Theme parks two Water parks twenty-three themed hotels is a 115 acre (466535 m² Theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. is a Theme park and vacation resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just east of Tokyo (Coordinates) All versions of the attraction are similar.
The attraction is a stage show, with audio-animatronic figures. Most of the characters are bears, who perform Country music. Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Characters rise up to the stage on platforms, descend from the ceiling, and appear from behind curtains. The audience includes audio-animatronic animal heads mounted on the walls who interact with characters on stage.
Due to overwhelming popularity, The Country Bear Jamboree was given a "spin-off" show which appeared during the winter season at Disneyland. It was called The Country Bear Christmas Special in 1984. The Country Bear Christmas Special is a special hoilday edition of the Country Bear Jamboree attraction at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt
The Country Bear Jamboree was originally intended by Walt to be placed at Disney's Mineral King Ski Resort which he was trying to build in the mid 1960s. Mineral King is a Subalpine valley in southern Sequoia National Park, USA carved out by the East Fork Kaweah River. Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Walt knew he wanted some sort of show to provide entertainment to the guests at the resort, and he knew he wanted the show to feature some sort of bear band. The project was assigned to imagineer Marc Davis. Marc Fraser Davis ( March 30, 1913 – January 12, 2000) was a prominent artist and animator for Walt Disney Studios.
Davis, together with Al Bertino came up with many bear groups, including bear marching bands, bear mariachi bands, and Dixieland bears. Dixieland or Dixie is a name for the southeastern portion of the USA; see Southern United States, Dixie. One day Davis was working on drawings of the characters in his office. Walt Disney walked in and saw the drawings and laughed because he loved the characters. Walter Elias Disney (December 5 1901 – December 15 1966 was a multiple Academy Award -winning American Film producer, director, Screenwriter On Walt's way out he turned to Marc Davis and said "Good Bye", which Walt was known never to say. A few days later he passed away on December 15, 1966. It was the last time Marc saw Walt.
After Walt's death, plans for the show still carried on. The bears would be featured in the resort's Bear Band Restaurant Show, and it was decided that they would have a country twang. But while plans for the show progressed, plans for the ski resort did not. Instead, the imagineers working on the project decided to place the show in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in time for its grand opening in 1971. Imagineer X Atencio and musical director George Bruns created songs for the bears to sing. George Bruns ( July 3 1914 - May 23 1983) was a composer of music for Film and Television who worked on many
On October 1, 1971, The Country Bear Jamboree opened its doors in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Events 331 BC - Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. It received so much good feedback that Imagineers immediately planned to make a replica of the show to be placed in Disneyland. The addition to the show in Disneyland, it inspired a brand new land appropriately titled Bear Country. Bear Country was one of the lands at the Disneyland Resort in California Because of the tremendous popularity of the show in Walt Disney World, excess capacity was added to the 1972 Disneyland incarnation in the form of two identical theaters, each housing a copy of the show in its entirety.
In 1986, the Vacation Hoedown debuted at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. To supplement the change, the DL attraction was renamed the Country Bear Playhouse.
During the holiday season, the bears still performed their Christmas Show in Florida through 2005. It hasn't returned since then, due to copyright issues with some of the songs used in that show, particularly Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a song and popular Christmas story about Santa Claus 's ninth and lead reindeer who possesses an unusually red-colored
Attendance struggled during the Vacation Hoedown's run in Florida, so for the Magic Kingdom's 20th anniversary in 1992, the original show returned to rotate with the Christmas show as it had since 1984. There were rumors of bringing the Vacation Hoedown back to Disney World in the summer of 2002, but it never happened.
The show was removed from Disneyland on September 9, 2001 to make way for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Events 1000 - Battle of Svolder, Viking Age. 1379 - Treaty of Neuberg, splitting the Austrian Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. Rumors of the Disneyland Country Bear attraction being rebuilt in the Grizzly Peak Recreation Area of Disney's California Adventure have surfaced from time to time and some Cast Members have even admitted to it possibly happening. Disney's California Adventure Park (commonly referred to by its initials DCA) is a Theme park in Anaheim California, adjacent to Disneyland Park However, the attraction's return has yet to be made official.
The Country Bear Christmas Special was the first time an attraction at any Disney theme park became interchangeable during the year. The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown was added a year later. Both the Country Bear Christmas Special and The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown were created, directed and animated by Dave Feiten and Mike Sprout.
The Country Bear Jamboree was the unofficial, unaffiliated inspiration for The Rock-afire Explosion, an animatronic band that entertained children of the 1980s at ShowBiz Pizza Place restaurants throughout the United States. The band was lead by a hillbilly bear named Billy Bob who was clearly inspired by The Country Bear Jamboree.
Henry- The "ringmaster" of the show, Henry is a welcoming and friendly brown bear. He wears a grey top hat and is voiced by Pete Renaday. Peter Renaday (born June 9, 1935 in Louisiana as Pierre L Renoudet) is an American Voice actor. It is implied that he and Teddi have some sort of backstage romance. In the Christmas show, he wears a scarf. In the Vacation Hoedown, he wears a park ranger's hat and his "old camp t-shirt" which he has obviously outgrown.
Liver Lips McGrowl- Liver Lips is perhaps the funniest-looking bear. He gets his name from his very large lips. He is a brown bear and plays the guitar. He is voiced by Van Stoneman. He becomes an Elvis impersonator in the two seasonal shows.
Wendell- Wendell is a hyperactive golden brown bear who plays the mandolin. He wears a blue bandanna around his neck and a light brown hat. He also has a massive overbite and buck teeth. He is voiced by Bill Cole. William (Bill Shadrack Cole (b Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1937 is an American Jazz musician and educator
Teddi Barra- Teddi Barra is a unique bear because she never appears onstage. Instead she descends from a hole in the ceiling on her swing, which is decorated with pink roses. She is a brown bear and wears a blue hat with a pink feather as well as a long pink boa around her neck. She is voiced by Patsy Stoneman. In the Christmas show, she holds a pair of skiis, has a cast on her leg and is dressed in ski gear. In the Vacation Hoedown, she holds an umbrella and is dressed in a raincoat and galoshes.
Ernest- Ernest is a brown bear who plays the fiddle. He wears a derby and a red polka-dot bowtie around his neck. He was voiced by Van Stoneman from October 1971 until July 1975, when his vocals were rerecorded by Randy Sparks. Stoneman's recording can still be heard on the 1971 record and 2003 CD.
Terrence (aka Shaker)- A tall bear with tan fur (in the Disneyland version his fur was grey), Terrence wears a miner's cap and plays the guitar. He is voiced by Van Stoneman. In the Christmas show he wears a scarf and earmuffs and has white fur to resemble a polar bear. He is also joined by a penguin encased in ice. During the Vacation Hoedown, he's wearing a snorkel mask and swim trunks, and his accompanied by his octopus girlfriend Delores.
Trixie- Trixie is a very large brown bear who wears a blue bow on her head, a blue tutu around her waist, and holds a blue handkerchief in her left hand. She also has a slight crush on Henry. She is voiced by Cheryl Poole.
Big Al- Big Al is the fattest bear. He is grey with a light grey belly and wears a tan hat and a red vest. He plays an always out-of-tune guitar and is voiced by Tex Ritter. Tex Ritter (January 12 1905 &ndash January 2 1974 was an American country Singer and Actor and the father of actor John Ritter In the Vacation Hoedown he wears a miner's cap and red and black flannel shirt. During the Christmas show, he's dressed as a New Year's baby (sash and diapers) and wears an icepack and a party hat on his head.
The Sun Bonnet Trio
Gomer- Gomer never sings but instead plays his piano, which has a honeycomb on top of it. He is considered Henry's right-hand bear. He is tall and brown and wears a collar with a blue tie.
The Five Bear Rugs
Baby Oscar- Oscar appears with The Five Bear Rugs, but plays no instrument. In fact, he never says a word, aside from mumbling "uh-huh" during the Vacation Hoedown (in which he is dressed as a Cub Scout). He is a brown bear and always has his teddy bear to keep him company. In the 1971 album, it is mentioned that Zeb is his father.
Rufus- Rufus is not a performer, but instead runs the projections and lights. He is never seen, but can be heard from time to time running backstage, constantly out of breath.
Buff- Buff is considered the leader of the animal heads and is also the largest. He is the head portion of a buffalo and is voiced by Disney legend Thurl Ravenscroft. Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft ( February 6, 1914 &ndash May 22, 2005) was an American Voice actor and Singer
Max- Max is the head portion of a stag and is voiced by Peter Renaday.
Melvin- Melvin, a moose head, is the Dopey of the animal head trio. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American film based on the eponymous German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. He often makes good-natured jokes and is voiced by Bill Lee.
Sammy- Sammy is Henry's raccoon pal who cuddles around Henry's top hat. He acts like a coonskin cap for Henry. He is voiced by Bill Cole.
The show is basically a continuous string of short country songs sung by the various bears. As each bear sings their song, a curtain opens to reveal them, except in the case of Wendell (who rises from the stage), Teddi Barra (who descends from the ceiling), Gomer (who ascends from the stage), and The Sun Bonnets (who also rise from the stage itself).
The show begins with Max, Buff, and Melvin telling Henry to get on with the show. Henry then asks Gomer to give him a "little intro", and then the jamboree begins!