Country Bear Jamboree
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Conceived for a never-built ski resort the Walt Disney Company planned for the Mineral King area in California, the Country Bear Jamboree became one of the few attractions that debuted at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom before the original Disneyland. Opening with the park in October 1971, the Country Bear Jamboree featured the voices of country music star Tex Ritter as Big Al and Disney Legend Thurl Ravenscroft as Buff the Bison. (You'll also hear Ravenscroft as the lead "Singing Bust" in the graveyard of the Haunted Mansion, the singer of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the original Grinch Who Stole Christmas TV show, as well as the voice of Tony the Tiger in numerous TV commercials.) Disney created two more versions of the Country Bear show, "The Country Bear Christmas Special," and "The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown," neither of which play in the Magic Kingdom any longer. In 2012, Disney cut two songs and some dialogue from the Jamboree, cutting five minutes from the show, which now plays at a little over 10 minutes. Country Bear provides an opportunity to sit in a dark, air-conditioned theater with minimal wait, making it an excellent break in the middle of a hot, crowded, sunny day.
A guilty pleasure for sure. The Country Bears are loved and hated. I think it's a very intelligent show because of it's irreverence and sharp humor. Maintenance-wise, it’s in much better shape than most other “classic” attractions, and although there are occasional issues with audio levels, it’s arguably in better shape than newer attractions like Soarin’ and Frozen After Ever. If you’re the politically correct type who can’t look past a few wry jokes by singing bears as they parody stereotypical Southern life, Country Bear Jamboree probably won’t be for you (which is ashamed). Those who enjoy irreverent and clever humor will enjoy Country Bear Jamboree. Much like the Carousel of Progress, the Country Bear Jamboree offers a nice change of pace from the 2 minute thrill rides with 2 hour lines or the attractions predicated almost entirely on interactive screens or 3D technology. The ride is dated and there are some parts that could use and update, but it's so charming and classic, that some people should enjoy it. 8/10
Perfect antidote to all the screen based attractions being built. If you are tired of projected characters, here is an entire room full of AA bears singing, telling jokes and making merry. It's delightful and grossly underappreciated.
By far the best show in the park. Even better if you have an audience that gets into it. I think Disney ought to think about giving that extra 5 minutes back, and the summer/holiday shows too... Simply not to be missed fun for all!
It's a very charming show, and I think it is worth seeing. I do think it has its share of flaws though, and I wouldn't see it more than once or twice. 6/10
I love this show the music is great and the bears give the show it's humor.
Are you kidding me? Country Bear Jamboree has a 6 rating?? This is, by far, my favorite show at the Magic Kingdom and one of my favorite attractions in the entire resort. Great characters, animatronics and humor. I feel that is an upgrade of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. It's a 10/10 for me!
Another one of those rides that people wish would go away, but I'm very glad it hasn't. The music is fun and upbeat, and the animatronics, while dated, are still miles ahead of any other theme park. It's a good time for all, and my family loves it.