Country Bear Jamboree Frontierland Magic Kingdom
“So clap your hands, and stomp your feet
and try to keep right with us.
One sure thing the bear band’s got
is good old country rhythm.”
Ready for some good ol’ songs of Americana? If so, the Country Bears will entertain you in Grizzly Hall! Located in Frontierland just past the Frontierland Shootin’ Gallery and before Pecos Bill Cafe, the Country Bear Jamboree is a theater-style attraction with audio-animatronic characters. Come in for some old-fashioned music — you’ll have a foot- stompin’, hand clappin’ good time!
As you enter Grizzly Hall, get ready for 11 minutes of country music. You’ll be entertained by audio-animatronic bears, a raccoon, a buffalo, a buck and a moose the likes of which you may never see again.
Note that this show underwent a refurbishment in 2012. When it reopened in October of that year, five minutes had been trimmed from its playing time.
Your greeters for the Country Bear Jamboree are none other than Melvin (a moose), Buff (a buffalo) and Max (a buck). Unfortunately, all you can see of them are their heads, as they are mounted on the wall.
The show is emceed by a bear named Henry, who introduces acts by other bear performers including Big Al, Liverlips McGrowl, Teddi Beara, Wendell, Trixie and Bubbles, Bunny and Beulah, and the Five Bear Rugs, who will entertain you with songs like:
My Woman Ain’t Pretty, but She Don’t Swear
Mama, Don’t Whip Little Buford
Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine
All the Guys That Turn Me On Turn Me Down
Blood on the Saddle
The Ballad of Davy Crockett
For a historical look at the Country Bear Jamboree, read Jack Spence’s two-part blog:
The Country Bear Jamboree is a fun show with lots of laughs that plays to audiences of all ages.
This is a great attraction to see when you want to get out of the sun and off your feet for a spell. The theater is air-conditioned.
The sign in front of the attraction lists how long it will be until the next show. The line for the Bears will wind its way along the front of Grizzly Hall. Once inside the turnstiles, you’re in the preshow area. Your wait time here is approximately 10 minutes until the next show.
Kids of all ages should love the show; there isn’t a scary thing about it, although, since it takes place in a darkened theater, that might be cause for concern for some.
The Country Bears often can be found roaming the park in both Frontierland and on Main Street, and sometimes cruise on the Liberty Belle Riverboat, too. Be on the lookout for the unadvertised Frontierland Hoedown when the bears and other characters come out to dance with the guests.
Adjacent to the Country Bear Jamboree is the Pecos Bill’s Cafe, which serves burgers, wraps, salads and other sandwiches.
Next to the Country Bear Jamboree is Big Al’s, a log house featuring Disney merchandise, hats, souvenirs and various sundries.
There isn’t much in the way of Country Bear souvenirs. There have been a few trading pins featuring the show, and some assorted postcards, but not much else.
There was a time, way back when, that as you exited the attraction, Melvin, Buff and Max were on the other side talking to you.
Country Bear Jamboree was one of last attractions that Walt Disney personally helped to plan. It was originally developed for a ski resort in Mineral King, California that was never built.
On December 19, 1984, a Country Bear Christmas Special show was introduced with new costumes, sets and decorations. The Christmas Special last ran in 2006.
In May 1986, the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown replaced the Country Bear Jamboree, but fewer than six years later, in February ’92, the original show returned.
Country Bear Jamboree was the first major attraction to actually debut at Walt Disney World in Florida, and subsequently open at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. The original show was sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and Frito Lay.
Thurl Ravenscroft provided the voice for Buff the Buffalo and Tex Ritter that of Big Al.
The Country Bears movie was released by Disney in 2002, based loosely on the characters found in this attraction.