Save the Country Bear Jamboree at Walt Disney World

UPDATE: The Bears Have Been Saved!

Thanks for all your help! Together, we did it! The Country Bear Jamboree has been saved!

Posted on 6/28/2019 by the Disney Parks Blog:

Thanks for “bearing” with us this week.  With all of the news we’ve shared, we “fur-got” to mention our friends over at the Country Bears. Our Imagineers are always looking at ways to bring more magic to our guests through experiences and stories they know, but contrary to rumors, Country Bear Jamboree is not going into hibernation any time soon.  In fact, we’re looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2021, with Henry, the Five Bear Rugs and the rest of the gang. Until then, “we hope that you’ll be comin’ back again; that you’ll drop in and see us now and then.”


The Country Bear Jamboree was in place as an opening day attraction in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. The popularity of the show led to a version in Disneyland on March 4, 1972 (since removed) and a third version at Tokyo Disneyland on April, 15, 1983.

According to inside sources, the closure of the Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom is imminent. Bob Chapek’s mandate that the Disney Parks be used to “leverage intellectual properties” will likely claim the existence of this beloved, original attraction that is the definition of a Magic Kingdom classic—and do it just before its 50th birthday in 2021.

Disney Parks possess characters, environments, and experiences that are, themselves, unique.  As much as Disney Parks are places where characters from film and television come to life, they are also places inhabited by grim-grinning ghosts, by plundering pirates, by Figments of imagination, by singing tiki birds, and by country bears. Removing classic attractions that are the essence of the Disney experience for the sake of cheaply and easily bringing something new is fundamentally misguided and frightening. And that is the path that Mr. Chapek has forged through recent actions, namely the decal-laden Pixar Pier or the shadeless Toy Story Land in the heat of Central Florida. Our mission and purpose is to share news and information that maintain the quality of customer service, experience, and legacy that guests have come to expect from Disney Parks. Fundamental to that is a belief that some attractions are so tethered to the identity of a Disney Park as to become essential. To the Magic Kingdom, the Country Bear Jamboree is just such an experience.

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FirstLastStateTell us what the Country Bear Jamboree means to you.
Regular S. The Country Bear Jamboree may be dated but at least its unique. Update it, modernize it, give the characters a movie that isn't terrible. Disney has so many properties at its disposal that reusing Toy Story yet again just seems lazy and uninspired. Last fall saw my first visit to WDW in 20 years and the CBJ was one of my favorite shows that trip. Meanwhile, the brand new Toy Story Land wasnt enough of a draw to get my party to visit Hollywood Studios at all. I'm about the same age as Andy, and thought Toy Story 3 was a great and emotionally draining end to the series. I'm pretty much over the franchise now and didn't even realize TS4 was hitting theaters this week. We're going back to WDW this December. I was excited but now that excitement is mixed with melancholy. I doubt those weird, slightly creepy, but oh so magical bears will still be singing by the time I get there. I wonder if they will replace the Ballad of Davey Crocket with the Woody's Round Up theme in the BGM loop.
Marilyn F. You need to understand that thrill rides are not for everyone! If I wanted thrill rides I would go elsewhere. In these troubled times I am looking for the magic of Disney and to be reminded of simpler uncomplicated times!
Melissa C. This is my favorite attraction at Magic Kingdorm. Rarely a wait, air conditioned, comfortable seats, and then lo and behold, the animatronic bears are singing and joking in a fast-paced, hilarious, and (for Disney) downright raunchy style. The bears lusting after each other and singing about blood on the ground... it's the kind of thing that would never fly today, much like scenes in the Haunted Mansion. The humor and aesthetic are from a different time. But they have me, as an adult, laughing all the way through, even though I've watched the show more than a dozen times. And I hear kids laughing along with me. It would be truly a shame to replace this unique icon with more of the same.
Jeff . I seriously can't even comprehend this, it was bad enough to take attractions like maelstrom, and Mr. Toads wild ride but to mess with one of the few original attractions that many people love is too much. STOP !!! Keep toy story in Hollywood studios with the toy story land not everyone likes toy story or pixar for that matter. Leave what little bit is left of what made magic Kingdom great.
Maggie H. That's depressing! This was my favorite attraction when I was young, and just recently my 2 year old got to enjoy it for the first time. He loved it so much, he insists on watching a video of the Country Bears, on YouTube, daily! It's all he talks about and I was really looking forward to taking him back when he got a little older. I hope this isn't true.
MDFPRD . Country Bear Jamboree is a classic favorite and we do see it every time we go to Magic Kingdom whether by ourselves, with our parents, siblings, kids, and now grandkids too. Very sad day to hear it may be replaced. What is more loveable for a kid than a teddy bear? Disney just needs to do a better marketing job with the CBJ ... it can be much more successful in WDW ...Disney imagineers just need to put some focus on it.
Jamie . I have never commented before, and hope my in commenting now is to add my voice to those of others voicing concern about the removal of The Country Bear Jamboree. There's more to Disney magic than IP and that's what draws many of us in the older crowd back each year.
Susie M. I hope they don't take out the Country Bear Jamboree. It is a classic. Please don't mess with the Magic Kingdom. It definitely should be there for the 50th Anniversary and well beyond. It has been loved by generations. It is nice to have a place to go to escape from the heat and not have to wait for hours. Please save the Country Bears! Walt would not want them removed
Joe M. I remember watching the Bear Jamboree on The Wonderful World Of Color on NBC in the 60's. I loved it then. I didn't get to go to Disney World until the 90's. For some strange reason the Bear Jamboree was one of the attractions I needed to see. Every time I go back it is one of the attractions I always look forward to seeing. It would be a shame to lose it. Mr Chapek should maybe spend a day visiting Disney world as a guest and remember who built Disney world and why. It's was never supposed to be just a cash cow. It's the Magic Kingdom because of what came before.
Desiree G. I so want to one day be able to go back to Disneyworld. I was there twice by the time I was six, so can't remember a lot, but the Country Bear Jamboree, the Tiki Room, the Teacups, Dumbo and Jungle Cruise are still with me. We 70's kids visited the parks with our grandparents who are long gone now. We want to go back and relieve those great moments of childhood-please say it isn't so-don't make our classic Magic Kingdom unrecognizable! Leave the Country Bears alone.
B3_98 . This is one of our family favorites, especially since one of my sons loves bears and there are no other Disney bear attractions, like Robin Hood or Jungle Book and Baloo no longer had a meet and greet in Animal Kingdom last time we were there. We would be so sad to see it go. It feels so classic Disney and gives us such a good laugh.
Tiffany D. I am NOT happy about the quintessential and classic Disney attractions being replaced with repetitive, unnecessary attractions. I visit Magic Kingdom for exactly what the name suggests.....MAGIC! The magic, at least for me, doesn't necessarily come from the latest technology. But instead it is a transport in time to my childhood and seeing my child fall in love with the same characters, jokes and songs I did! While I understand that things need to change with the times, I wish Magic Kingdom could remain as close to the vision Walt Disney had. Country Bear Jamboree is an iconic show with wonderful characters and funny jokes that entertains all ages. My family has repeated the jokes and songs for decades and it saddens me to see this classic fall prey to "profiteering". Some things are sacred and CBJ should be on that list.
Mary J. Country Bears is a must see attraction for us inour hundred or so visits to the Magic Kingdom. I always take a pic of Big Al to send to my oldest son. He's 49. He loves it. Knows the songs by heart. It's a tradition. Why take away all our traditions?
Cynthia B. Love The Country Bear Jamboree. We've been going to WDW for 40 years and the Jamboree never gets old. I now enjoy the reactions of the little ones around me. Please don't cave to commercialism. Some things should be "sacred".
Edward . I've been to Disney World 6 times, and I don't think I've ever done the Country Bear Jamboree (I may have when I was little, but don't remember it). It's not something I especially care about personally. But I will still be sad to see it go, mostly because of what it means for other great attractions that will likely follow in its path. Carousel of Progress is my favorite thing in all of Disney World, and I'm sure it's high on the cutting list. I also think stuffing yet another Toy Story attraction in its place is a silly decision. Bob Chapek is one of the worst things that's ever happened to Disney Parks; they're being gutted and genericized in slow motion.
Luisa . Omg! Please don't! This movement towards IPs is too much already! I grew up as a Disney kid watching and loving all the animations but park originals should have their space too, is part of what makes the parks so special! And like you said, they just opened Toy Story Land a year ago, so why would they put a Toy Story show in Fantasyland? Makes no sense at all!
Robert G. I really hope this change does not happen. My 5 year old loves this show like I did at her age and still do. I have no issue with new rides and experiences and while I still miss Mr. Toad I understood the need to add a pooh ride. I hope they are able to add this experience without changing Country Bears.
Brian . I am planning to take my young son next year. I was hoping to see his face light up when he watches those singing bears. If this is true I'm devastated.
Carol L. This is unconscionable! Chapek might as well remove the statue of Walt and Mickey in front of the Castle, as well. CBJ has been a treasured attraction in my family for over 40 years. Just because it isn't a ride does not make it any less valuable. If Chapek destroys CBJ, he will have made the terrible decision of erasing a historic attraction that family members of all ages are able to share from generation to generation. That is not part of Walt's dream to create the happiest place on earth to which people return again and again. I am an Annual Pass Holder. This, along with Philharmagic, is one of the shows I return to see several times a year -from another state. It would be a big mistake to remove icons from the past of your older patrons in order to sell more toys and merchandise for attractions that only appeal to the youngest of visitors. "If it ain't broke don't fix it!" Add to the parks, as they are doing with Tron and Ratatouille. But don't remove and essentially erase history in order to do so. Even preserving the CBJ by moving it to Ft. Wilderness would be a better option than destroying the past and our older memories of the Walt Disney that we so loved from our own childhoods. Bottom line- Don't take away our Country Bears! To do so would be to destroy another piece of Walt that we older ‘kids" love and cherish.
Stuart . Well, I for one am happy to hear this, and the only negative I will say is that it's a shame it wasn't done sooner when Woody and Jessie actually met in Frontierland!
Gerry . I guess that there is nothing left that is scacred. If Disney will remove icons like the Great Movie Ride, well there is nothing that they won't replace. Like the GMR, it could use a face lift for sure but don't remove this true classic. True Disney fans love these true classics. We don't need another Toy Story attraction, we have several now. Hope they reconsider.
Doug . Perhaps Mr. Chapek and the Disney parks executives underestimate the extent to which sentimentality and nostalgia play roles in driving demand for the Disney parks, especially among repeat and multi-generational visitors!
Cathy M. I worked at Bear Band for several years in the late 70's to early 80's. I would go to Bear Band on my days off and always make sure my guests saw it. It should never go away. The day it closes will be a sad day indeed for me, for those who have enjoyed the show in the past, but most of all, for the future generations who will never get to see the show with it's lovable and iconic characters. I love Henry and Sammy, Big Al, The Five Bear Rugs: Zeke, Zeb, Ted, Fred, Tennessee (and Oscar), Wendell, Liver Lips, Trixie, Shaker, Gomer, Ernest, the Sunbonnets: Bunny Bubbles and Beulah, Melvin, Buff, Max, and Teddi Barra. Disney - PLEASE DON'T DO THIS!!!!!
Will . The current trend of gutting classic attractions for bland, run-of-the mill attractions is disgusting. The Disney theme parks used to be special, unique if you will, each having its own special offerings. Now we have rides and attractions that are better suited for Hollywood Studios making their way into Epcot or already in place at Epcot. The Country Bear Jamboree is a classic attraction and rather than removing it for yet another Toy Story themed attraction, they should spend the money on upgrading the show effects and technology. The Disney trend seems to be to let an attraction rot to the point where it doesn't draw the numbers they want, then close it. There is absolutely NO reason why the COP cannot be updated, there is absolutely NO reason why the CBJ animatronics and film cannot be updated with newer technology. I suppose closing the CBJ will allow Disney to create a new line of merchandise bidding farewell to the attraction, which would be absolutely disgraceful! I don't have much more to say that already hasn't been said already other than to say to Disney the following: I will spend my money elsewhere!!
Rob O. I really hate to hear this. My whole family loves this show and I saddened by its potential loss. Update it, or perhaps add seasonal shows, but at least honor the original and make it better. It will be a shame to destroy this and put in MORE Toy Story attractions outside of Toy Story Land. Everything Toy Story should be kept together in my opinion. It would give people more things to do in HS and would actually have some consistency to it. Having Toy Story spread over two parks and three lands is ridiculous.
Dustin . This is the worst news ever. Country bear Jamboree is a nostalgic part of every disney trip. It's a must see and reminds me of my first trip to disney everytime i enjoy the show. I hope they do not follow through with this plan. A Toy story show belongs in toy story land and should not replace a show that brings so much joy to so many people. Shame on you Disney.
Joseph K. This has always been one of my favorite attractions, I an from the West coast and always love it at Disneyland. I was extremely upset when it was removed from Disneyland and was overjoyed when we finally went to Disney world and was able to see it again. EVERY time we get to go to Disney World's Magic Kingdom we see it At Least Ones, usually twice. I am quit angry that this is even being considered. I love the Toy Story movies, but see no need for another Toy Story attraction. Especially at the cost of Country Bear Jamboree. I love both Toy Story Mania and Buzz Light-year, but not in a way that has me saying " What Disney parks need is More You Story stuff". I loved Country Bears and have been so glad I was able to share that love with my daughter, she loves seeing the sheet as much as I do. I really hope that they reconsider this illconceived plan and find another place, Toy Story Land being a better location overall, and allow "Walt's Last Laugh" to remain where it belongs.
Kirsten . Hearing this starts to doubt my purchase as a DVC member. Disney World in most eyes is kinda a historical landmark. Especially the Magic Kingdom. These original attractions are the soul of the company. And the soul to many other theme parks to this day. It's an insult to Walt and his family to remove these from the park. It's an insult to the many generations of park goers as well. Think of all the movies that Disney has made. I'm sure many aren't as popular anymore. Doesn't mean that they are going to remove them from the library or destroy then. The world has plenty of land to just add more attractions not take away. Expand Frontierland like how it was suppose to be in the first years of the planning stages. Chapek Should be ashamed of himself.
Cathy . Why can't they just build on? WDW owns so much land in Florida. Why do they have to replace this beloved show? And it's already at the Studio. That's where the movie shows belong. Leave our class Magic Kingdom alone!!!!!!!
Rob . Add on to the parks, do not replace existing attractions in the parks. Period.
Brian B. I visited WDW (all 4 parks) a few weeks ago...I DID attend the Country Bear Jamboree! They have been a part of my visits to the park since I was a child. If they are removed now from a second park in the U.S. that will have been a VERY unfortunate decision. I also did NOT ride the Pooh attraction that replaced Mr Toad! I personally do not like Pooh and friends. We also have ENOUGH Toy Story attractions.
Caleb O. I'm almost never a "reply guy", but in the (perhaps misguided) hope that someone from Disney will actually read this: This is an awful, awful idea. Please, please don't do this. I've spent thousands visiting Disney parks on both coasts in the last 2-3 years and will likely spend tens of thousands bringing my family over the next few decades. But, if this regrettable trend of shoehorning IP into the parks at the expense of classic attractions continues, then I won't. It's the ineffable charm of things like Country Bears (and Tiki Room, and Haunted Mansion, and Pirates) that make Disney worthwhile for me, and I'm pretty sure millions of others.
Scott Z. One of my favorite memories of our first trip to WDW in the early 1970s is my father's laugh in the Country Bear Jamboree. I have since taken more trips to the Magic Kingdom than I care to count, first with my parents and now with my own children. Rides like the Country Bears are the special, "only at Disney" rides that many of us cherish. Please don't close this ride.
Brad . How about making better use of Tom Sawyer Island and leave this one alone?! Also, why in MK? I am totally good with Hollywood Studios being the "IP Park" and I hear there is a land where this show would make much more sense?!
WHM . I will tell you how frustrated I am with Disney and their ridiculous BS of constantly making changes for the "good" of the public and the parks themselves. I have been going to DW since its opening way back in 1971. I've taken my children there and my grandchildren there as well as other numerous friends and family members. As the years have passed the cheapness of the parks with its hokie crap filled side shows and new "rides and attractions" have gotten worse and worse while pricing goes up and up. They take away things that are a treasure to us old times and replace it with "movie rides". Ex. Avatar, Soarin etc. Where are the Imagineers in this company? Where have they gone? To sleep I suppose. Another issue I have is the removal of my brick at the entrance of the MK as well as my wife's and my picture on the monolith inside Epcot. Sure, I can get a copy of Brick, but it isn't the same as hearing my children tell and show their children where our family Brick is. Also, sure the picture of my wife (to be at that time it was taken) is being moved just outside the entrance to Epcot for viewing, but hell, they might as well moved it to the back of the dang parking lot. I can't tell you how many times before our children were born we visited that monolith. And visited it everytime we entered the park with our children. They couldn't wait to review what we looked like way back when. And my grandkids loved it even more, if for nothing else but to make fun of their Papa and Mimi's picture. Change is good, when it is done right. But changing memories is wrong and for all the wrong reasons. My frustration with this money hungry, could care less about the customer type attitude has left me with no choice not to renew my annual tickets, which by the way expired in May. And secondly, as probably a very early on entry person into the DVC club I have sold my interest in that as well. It just isn't worth it anymore. I'm tired of Disney moving, replacing, deleting and ignoring MY MEMORIES.
Pamela . I will definitely miss this attraction. We watch the show (and sing along) every time we visit. At least if they were removing it for a high tech attraction I guess that would make sense but to remove the Country Bears for a puppet show makes no sense. If Disney wants to help with crowds add more rides/attractions don't just replace existing ones. I believe that Disney just wants to remove the classic attractions in favor of Pixar attractions. Goodbye Walt Disney World, hello Pixar World.
Jerry . I can remember my Dad's excitement when we first saw Country Bear Jamboree in the early 80's. He absolutely loved it. I shared the same excitement with my son when he first saw it in 2015, and now he loves it. We watch it on every visit. What a shame it will be if this show disappears. Nostalgia is what makes Disney World and Disneyland unique. Otherwise it might as well just be Universal Studios (nothing against Universal...just saying).
Meg . This makes me feel sick to my stomach. I cannot stand how greedy this company is! Stop over saturating any little thing that could make money! There is more than enough Toy Story in the parks. Does it not make more sense to make less of it so it becomes more desirable? I'm just baffled. And sorely disappointed.
Tim . Much of what makes the parks magical is that they have their own characters that do not come direct from a recent movie or tv show. The same is true with areas of the park, main street USA, Hollywood Blvd, World Showcase to name a few. Its a real shame that these type of areas and characters are being taken away in order to just promote other Disney media. It feels like the vision of Walt is set aside to appease the corporation and its stockholders. What they are failing to see is that this mentality is short sighted, why Disney is successful is because they have gone above and beyond to protect Walt's vision, without that they will be no better than a Universal or Six flags.
Bobby . Do you really think that a Woody's Roundup marionette show will be that much more of a crowd-pleaser rather than a simple refresh of the Bears?
Clare . I'm no fan of CBJ, but it has stood the test of time so far. I think it would be extremely shortsighted to replace it with a Toy Story show.
Karen C. Stop taking away stuff we love best about Disney!!! Add new attractions if you want but leave the iconic attractions alone!! There is a reason we remain loyal!!
Christine . We often skip this now with my kids getting older; having seen it 20+ times and it is super outdated. We still do the Carousel of Progress, which is another one of the Walt original ideas, and that too is in desperate need of an update (the last room-- is it 1980-- I remember when it was sort of like the "future.") Wish they could move Country Bears to the Campgrounds, it would fit in great with the Hoop-Dee-Do Review and Mickey BBQ. But it is in prime real estate and Disney is known for keeping things fresh. Totally agree with other commenter that
Noah . Screw this. This show is one of my favorites and to close it would leave me with great anger. STOP CLOSING CLASSIC RIDES FOR CASH GRABS. EXPAND, NOT REPLACE.
Jim W. I also feel disappointment about this news (rumor). I have been going to WDW since a year after its opening and Country Bears is one of the staples that my wife and I love. Also the idea that Toy Story needs yet another venue seems wrong. I love the Toy Story franchise and have been to Toy Story land at Movie Studios, but hate to see that supplant Country Bears. It is corny and filled with "Dad" jokes, but doesn't that have a place in WDW?
Taylor D. I really really really really hate this. This was my first attraction EVER at Disney when I was a baby. It holds a VERY special place in my heart. I will probably never step foot in there again if it ends up being changed.
Gregg T. Nooooooo!!! The Country Bears must remain. I have been visiting the Magic Kingdom since 1978 and attended the show every time. It brings a smile to my face. WDW, please do not replace this attraction just to make a few bucks.
Robert . I'd be happier if they replaced the shooting gallery and/or Frontierland merch location with this Toy Story show instead of replacing Country Bears. There are quite a few attractions at Magic Kingdom that should be replaced, Country Bears isn't really one of them even if the actual show feels a bit antiquated. They should replace Swiss Family Robinson, they should replace the Magic Carpets, they should replace Astro Orbiter (we do NOT need two Dumbo clones in the same park as Dumbo), they should replace Buzz Lightyear (controversy incoming, but after Midway Mania, Buzz Lightyear is sorely outdated with its technology and just isn't that fun anymore, ESPECIALLY if you're a single rider), and I would even be 100% for renovating Pirates so that it matches the Disneyland version or even Shanghai. Tortuga Tavern is rarely frequented, they could use that as an expansion to the Pirates ride.
Philip M. To say I'm disappointed about the closure of County Bears attraction and the current corporate culture driving the closure, is an understatement. This attraction, like many closed by Disney of late, is an iconic testament and genius of Walt and early Imagineers. Country Bears and other legacy rides should simply be treated as untouchables. And while I know the current corporate culture seems not to care for these legacy attractions; perhaps they should pay attention to this fact: these legacy rides are the sole drivers of Disney nostalgia, which in turn is what causes otherwise rational people to overspend on everything offered by Disney. Without this sense of nostalgia intact, people will simply not overspend as they do now. Sadly, Disney's push to IP everything will backfire on both counts; first, the hardcore fans like us will be far less invested in an IP driven creatively bankrupt park environment; and second, the parks will become less attractive very quickly to casual visitors as IP driven properties quickly become stale and can't be replaced quickly enough. Congrats Disney on being well on your way to becoming Universal.
Joe . Please don't close Walt's last laugh! We don't need or want another Toy Story attraction.
Susan d. I started going to Disney World the year it opened - Christmas 1971. I love this attraction, and I definitely want my kids to be able to continue to appreciate it. I understand market pressures, but I would hope that they could leave this classic, iconic attraction in place and still expand their attraction offerings. There are so many people coming to MK now that it seems expanding the available attractions is better than just replacing them, if at all possible. I love having a few attractions that AREN'T so popular, so you can just walk in and count on being able to do SOMETHING without needing a fast pass. Especially something with AC! I made my kids go to the Hall of Presidents last week - against their will - and they all really liked it. It's another classic attraction that is a tradition that should not be broken.
mark n. There is certainly P L E N T Y of room to build in and or OUT of the berm in Florida. WHY NOT? It would be a plus not a subtraction. I'm not talking about moving the train track and moving river. A theme que of a under ground mine shaft under the berm to a new a show building. Or because of teh water table , up and over. Why cant we have both?
Miranda . Just. No. Don't touch my bears!
Leslie S. No. We need some of the original attractions to remain. That's what makes it Walt Disney World. I love Toy Story but do not want that'll replace the Country Bear Jamboree.
Joel J. At what point do we get a non-descript robot from the future themed loosely around Terminator that comes back from the future to take out Chapek and stop the IP infusion nonsense?!?!
Fred . While this has been rumored for years (and never came to pass), this latest rumor has a lot of weight to it, so let me add to the inevitable chorus: THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEA. The Country Bears are as iconic as the Tiki Room, Big Thunder Mountain, or Space Mountain. They draw regular crowds, are an integral part of Frontierland (everyone loves seeing the Bears walk around in the land to say hi), and yet another Toy Story attraction will never take its place for guests.
Elaine . To Mr. Chapek & Company: If you think that Country Bears is irrelevant to a new and younger generation, you are wrong. We are a Disneyland family but when we went to WDW for the first time last year, we almost skipped Country Bears but decided to go just to take a break. (We had never been to the one in Disneyland.) As soon as the show started my then 9 year old was hooked. She LOVED the corny jokes and clever music. And one of her all time favorite Disney characters has now become Big Al. We are still surprised at how much she loved this attraction, but after seeing it just twice in her life, she would be absolutely devistated if the Country Bear Jamboree would go away, and so would we.
SnowyDisney . Tom, this had me tearing up. How sad that we may lose another classic Walt Disney World attraction. Country Bears has really grown on me over the years, and now it is a must do. Hearing the backstory on Walt's last laugh, which I hadn't heard before, has just put it on a whole new level. Thanks for the well written and heartfelt article. Having met you in person several times, I have no doubt how much WDW and it's uniqueness means to you, me and all of our Walt Disney World friends. It's very sad that the current Chairman of Parks, Bob Chapek has no heart when it comes to pure, classic attractions and stories. We do not need Toy Story in Frontierland, or anywhere else in Magic Kingdom. Why don't they try improving the not well thought out, and lackluster rides in Toy Story Land at HS? This is a rhetorical question, as we all know the reason, "because money".
Danielle . Next it will be The Carousel of Progress. Is nothing sacred anymore? I completely understand the need to update now and then, but it makes me sad that the Disney World I grew up with is disappearing. Thank you, Tom for your dedication to this website. 🙂
Dixie . My husband saw this show for the first time in December of 2016. He loved it SO much, we visit it every time we are in the park. We have learned the songs, which we sing at home sometimes, and to take away such a classic is heartbreaking. What's next? Take away Pirates of the Caribbean? Or The Haunted Mansion?? The Country Bear Jamboree has more heart and originality than any Toy Story replacement. Please don't take away this unique and special show.
Millie . This is an attraction for true Disney fans. I love going to the Jamboree when I need to take a break from walking and I get to laugh at old jokes and hear music that encompasses nostalgia. The line is short agreed but we don't need 60min lines on every attraction. With all that Disney $ they can find space to put a Toy Story themed attraction in Pixar land.
Michael H. As a DVC owner and someone who's spends tens of thousands of dollars a year on Disney and Disney merchandise, I'm getting tired of this shit and am almost at the point of saying Fuck Disney.
Stephen A. I have to agree wholeheartedly with you. I visited in May and took a first time family in with us to see this iconic attraction. What a hoot it was a throw back to adventures far less technologically advances but plain fun. It would be a shame for a Toy Story themed show to take over that space. Seems a bit out of place but workable. Still I would find some way to keep it running. There are enough changes in the park to keep people interested in returning this attraction is too Disney to remove.
BigAl654 . Momma, don't whoop Little Chapek, Mama don't pound on his head, Momma don't whoop Little Chapek, I think you should just (blank) him instead!
Chris . Why does this keep happening. Bob needs to realize the fine line between bringing new experiences to the park while still honoring the legacies that abound
Anthony . It would be a real tragedy if the Country Bear Jamboree was removed. When I was younger I often skipped this ride, thinking it was boring. The last few years, however, as I became more obsessed with classic Disney I have been visiting every time and enjoying myself immensely. Now I have a young son and we go every year to see the Country Bears together and the look on his face is priceless.
Bee . It'd be absolutely devastating to lose such an incredible classic ride just for the sake of pushing an IP that doesn't need any more attractions. I hope Disney doesn't go through with it!
Theresa R. I live in Florida, but I don't think I can take Disney world anymore.I'll let someone else wait in line for hours and hours in the horrible heat I really don't like Disney world anymore because of that it's just ridiculous and also changing pirates of the Caribbean, stupid, country Bear jamboree is a great show. That mermaid ride and the mining Snow White ride I didn't even wait in line for the snow white one eye after an hour I got out of line but the people who waited and waited for two hours weren't thrilled with it. The Frozen ride and the mermaid ride are so boring I watch little kids reactions to it and guess what they're bored to the more money they make it seems the less they spend on their rides except expedition Everest is good. The others are very very cheaply done the new ones they suck
Theresa R. I think kids would like that show ,and I think a lot of people are trying to try out the new rides but unfortunately the new rides are not very good
Noelle . I don't believe I have ever commented before, but this news just saddens me! It is a piece my my childhood, and my own children's childhoods, and it is a piece of Disney. I certainly hope they will reconsider, and that someone over there is speaking truth to power. In a world of yes men, I hope Bob finds the imagineer with the heart of Walt, and that he will listen.
Theresa R. and in a couple of years it'll be it's a small world because they'll be another movie out and they can put something stupid and cheap in there to replace it and make b tons of money selling the merchandise
DoleWhipDrea . No!!! This would be a monumental mistake!!! Give the Country Bears a nice refurbishment and refresh its holiday overlays! For heavens sake, a 50th anniversary should be celebrating nostalgia and giving the parks proper upkeep! When the Country Bears were ripped out of Disneyland, it was a PR nightmare, and the Winnie the Pooh attraction a poor replacement, forever harming Critter Country. Where are the Disney historians within the Parks division? Chapek needs a proper reality check and guidance, because he doesn't seem to "get" it. As for Toy Story, how much more can this franchise be milked for attractions? Disney World Resort has an entire land dedicated to it already! Enough!!! No one wants to see Toy Story take up such a huge percentage of attractions! It's wasteful of the creativity that Imagineering can offer. Franchise the park-specific characters. That's the real opportunity.
Justin H. This is very unfortunate news. It seems indicative of a troubling and ongoing trend by Disney, generally, and WDW, specifically. Classic rides are important. They provide a sense of history and continuity. They allow the older generations to pass along our shared history and fond memories of the most magical place on earth to our younger generations (and Disney's future profits, speaking frankly). Please stop taking away the magic!
Beckie . This is the saddest Monday I have ever woken up to. I can't believe they are actually thinking of getting rid of our beloved bears. I have been a fan since I was a little girl and this was my go-to when growing up going to Disneyland. I was so sad when they took it out it out for that stupid Pooh ride but go on it just so I can see Buff, Melvin and Max. They need to realize that taking away classic rides/shows like this is like ripping Disneyland culture right out of its core. DisneyWorld has plenty of swamp space to build new things or get rid of other things that aren't doing well/need updating...I'm looking at you tons of undesired places in Epcot! I understand that Walt said that Disney will never be finished but making all of the original ideas and making them "yesterlands" is not what I think Walt intended. I hope that they can see the light and let our bears sing on.
Brian . I feel like the magic is being ripped out one attraction at a time. I'm 43 and have visited Disney world for the first time about eight months ago. My memories are firmly based on attractions and TV of my childhood. And though I enjoyed myself immensely I spent my time doing country bears, carousel of progress, the railroad before it shutdown temporarily and the people mover. I'm not a thrill ride guy so those along with living with the land are my go to attractions. I'm waiting for the day they propose demolishing Cinderella Castle in favor of a giant buzz lightyear spaceship.
Griffin . I'm afraid that this attraction COULD close permanently.
Nick M. I think what is sad is that they are relying so much on what I consider external Intellectual Property (things created outside the parks) and then bringing them into the parks. There used to be a time when Disney created attractions organically for the parks that have become staples (Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Carribbean, Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, Carousel of Progress, Horizons, Spaceship Earth, Space Mountain). Now they have lost sight of that and if it doesn't have some franchise attached to it then it is not good enough or seemingly irrelevant. I accept that they want to create new attractions with exisiting IP but they should keep existing organic IP's such as Country Bear Jamboree intact. If they want to freshen it up they have two other shows they could put in. People in Disneyland love the overlays and I think WDW would appreciate the same treatment. No need to abolish an attraction completely. Just "plus" it as Walt used to say.
Jenny . This would be such a shame. I really don't want to imagine a future Disney World without any of these beloved early attractions. Nothing but IP would be completely depressing. 🙁
Griffin . I know, but we have no control over anything 🙁
Benjamin E. If this is true it is a rotten thing to do. Ever since they stupidly closed down the Disneyland show we have made a point of seeing at in the Magic Kingdom *at least* once per trip.
Edward C. Really!! Why do that? Universal studios Orlando here I come done with Disney.
Erin H. Please do not close this attraction! Our family has been devastated by the closure of so many original attractions at both parks recently it is ruining the original magic of the park and what we know Disney parks to be. Without these attractions we will no longer want to attend, for that nostalgia is what we live for. The country bear jamboree is particularly special.
Sean . Do I really need to point out that the Country Bears themselves are an IP? All this clamoring over "destroying classics" and "covering everything in IP for marketing" is ridiculous since you are really just saying "I like this older IP better than this new one". I grew up going to Disneyland and watched the Skyway and Motorboat cruises disappear. I look back at them fondly, but Walt himself always said that Disneyland will never be complete and new rides will forever be replacing older rides as their popularity wanes. If you want to "protest", do what you can to raise the popularity of the ride by filling the seats...
Amilia C. I can not believe they would think of removing country bear jamboree, this is Walt Disney, generation have come to love this and will continue to love this show. They have plenty of land to build new and exciting shows, why close an icon? I am still upset with the removal of 20000 leagues under the sea. This is gone and now forgotten. Kids today tilt there heads when asked about 20,000 leagues. I don't think this is what Walt would have wanted. Yes add new exhibits, but keep originals.
Doug . I agree with Tom. Leave the Country Bears alone! There is an over-saturation of Toy Story. Put it in Toy Story Land since there is so little to do there anyway. We were just at Disney 7 weeks ago. I am so glad we took the kids to see Country Bears just in case they are gone by the time we go back next year. I really hope they decide against this. I remember going in there as a child with my grandparents. Papa loved Disney World and passed on that love to me that I am in turn passing on to my kids. I was just telling them this last trip how I sat in the same show with my grandparents and as silly as it sounds, felt like Papa was there enjoying it again. I like being able to do things with my own kids that was the same as I did with him. If they change it to Toy Story I will not set foot in there. Whether Disney cares or not is irrelevant.
Hollie . Well said Tom! I agree wholeheartedly with you. Thank you for this site.
Chuck . One of the original, iconic attractions that I faithfully visit every trip to WDW. Now that you mention the rumor, I wondered why there is a D23 exclusive release of B&W Woody from Woodys Round-up. This truly sucks IMHO. If Disney took the time and effort to plus up TCB seasonally, I would argue that you would get more visits to the attraction. Heck, this TS attraction really belongs in DHS with the others.
Big A. It's not a must visit on many guests itineraries for a visit to Magic Kingdom, the company knows the footfall for the attraction and it is not setting a trail... trust me, so while I agree a Toy Story attraction is not the best use of the space, at least investment is being put in place for the 50th. Good bye Henry and all the country bears it was good to know y'all, don't let your tears be the chaser for your wine!
Michelle D. It is heartbreaking to see classics taken away. Toy Story is great but it doesn't need to eat up .more park space. It has plenty now. I've always been a huge Disney fan and love going to WDW as much as possible but it feels like they're driving away many of us either by removing what the park was originally or by the constant price increases. I don't want to give up my Disney vacations but it seems like the reality is that we will have to find alternatives soon. I don't want to spend thousands to visit jam packed parks with no more slow times and without classic rides.
Britt L. I LOVE THE COUNTRY BEAR JAMBOREE!!! Please please PLEASE don't close it!
A.C. . I'm 100% cool with this if it happens. It's hard to take, but WDW isn't just for superfans living off nostalgia. They need to capture the imagination of the next generations to avoid becoming stale and attract new people to the parks and grow. The CBJ in it's current state isn't going to do that. Yeah it's going to suck when the old attractions go away. But a park frozen in time would be a worse alternative. And I'm sure there will be people saying "I'll never go again..." now...based off the attendance figures lately I'm pretty sure Disney isn't worried about that.
tvnutt . Oh H-E-double hockey sticks-NOOOOO! If they want a Toy Story show put it in the land itself. Unless there's not enough room? I understand the need to refresh things in the park but this is a favorite that needs to stay!
Grant . Every time I've been to the show in recent years it is packed (except for right before closing).
Scrooge . Blasphemy. I hope this is not true, but at the rate that WDW has been destroying itself from the inside, I wouldn't be surprised if this was exactly spot on. Yes, I understand the argument that WDW is not a museum and has to constantly evolve. However, there are certain attractions that are not be be trifled with. In my mind, anything that Walt himself worked on or pushed for should not be removed under any circumstances. Walt's own company is destroying the things that he found beautiful and magical in order to make a quick buck and it is disgraceful. If this is true, it is not something that will soon be forgotten. When Mr. Toad left, it was a tragedy, but everyone eventually moved on. When Great Movie Ride left, it sucked, but the wound is slowly starting to heal. If County Bears goes, I will never move on. Disney will continue to sell Country Bear merchandise like nothing has happened, but we all will know what they have done, replaced a great with a merchandise machine. Enough is enough.
KATHRYN L. There are only a limited number of attractions that I consider to be sacred to Disney parks, Haunted Mansion, Pirates, Small World, and Enchanted Tiki Room. Aside from these I am ok with Disney replacing attractions, as long as what they replace them with is an improvement on what was there before. That being said, I love the Country Bears' Jamboree, and I do not think a marionette show featuring the Toy Story characters is an improvement on the current attraction. It would be completely out of place in the location and is unneeded, there is already so much Toy Story stuff in the parks, it does not need to be everywhere!
Dee . To be honest Disney has shown for years that they don't care about the loyal customer who's built memories over the last couple generations, who love the classics and remember when Disney actually meant top class employees from the janitor on up. Now Disney wants that "once in a life time, spend a second mortgage and do all the extra$" trip. So yes it makes sense to do away with a beloved attraction, that holds memories, but not a large volume on money to be earned. Disney keeps showing us what they think.of classic Disney and it's loyal customers, I think it's time for a lot of us to show them there are plenty of other places to spend our vacation dollars
Cassie . Would be nice if they put this near TOY STORY LAND in the BBQ restaurant as entertainment for the guests.
Chris . I honestly dont mind. Everytime I go to the park the lines for this are almost next to nothing and from a business perspective that means there is no big interest for kids to see this. So it makes sense why this is on the chopping block
Marc T. If this were to happen, it would be such a sad day for all WDW fans.
Dallas B. Just a couple of years ago we took our two young children (2 and 4) to see the country bears. They wanted to see it over and over. It was so gratifying to see a new generation appreciate something I grew up with. I was so happy to see the bears were at WDW, as I'm from the West and usually do Disneyland. I am typically a fan of new, shiny things, but the Winnie the Pooh ride that replaced the California version is, as stated in the article, cheap looking, feels like an afterthought, and is thus forgettable. Building new rides that can easily be adapted to new IP cheapens the experience Disney Parks were built for, to take us to lands we could only dream of. I understand capitalism, but Disney has money coming out the nose, and appears to only have eyes for more. I become more and more disenchanted with corporate Disney by the day. They have no interest in maintaining the classics, only promoting the current IP. I think there are other ways of promoting current products. One of my favorite memories of Disneyland was when they had a Festival of Fools when Hunchback of Norte Dame came out. It was done in a common area that could easily be changed and is now used for a show. There are temporary structures that are perfect for fleeting spikes of interest in the movie of the moment, then there are classics that bring families back to share their memories with future generations. It's time Disney focused on that difference again. Thank you, Tom, for stating your opinion so firmly. I feel Disney is losing sight of their founder's vision and need to be pointed back in the right direction.