Disney’s Country Bears have some new duds, spruced up fur and a little bit less to talk and sing about.
The Country Bear Jamboree show in Frontierland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has reopened after refurbishment. Although the casual guests most likely won’t notice a difference, Disney Imagineers have added new benches, curtains and backdrops, plus new furs, skins and clothes for the bears. The show has also been reworked with some dialog and songs cut or shortened – making it about five minutes shorter.
Country Bear Jamboree was one of Magic Kingdom’s opening day attractions in 1971. Besides a Christmas version and a vacation version that ran periodically, the show has been the same since opening day, until this new compact version. After opening at Walt Disney World, the show was added to Disneyland in 1972. It ran there until 2001 when it was closed to make room for the Winnie The Pooh ride.
Here’s a video from Disney Imagineers, giving details on the enhancements:
Here’s the original version that ran until earlier this year:
Here’s the new version: