Hello everyone, and thanks for stopping by today as we talk about how YOU can make Magical Memories that will last a lifetime! You’ve thought it all out, you decided to take the plunge and plan your trip, you’re going to Walt Disney World! Now that you have done all the research, made your dining reservations, paid for it all, it’s finally time for your trip to start! But how do you make sure that you don’t experience the worst thing possible — Disney Letdown? Hopefully this post will help you to see the beauty of your trip for what it is, and help you experience all the magic that Walt Disney World is known for!
Today, for day 38 in our countdown to Disneyland, we are taking a look at what I think of is the “Disneyland equivalent to the Country Bear Jamboree.” Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for Billy Hill & The Hillbillies!
The show, which is one of several that have appeared since the Golden Horseshoe Revue hung up it’s spurs in 1986, has actually been seen since December, 1994! It has had some breaks in production, but I’d say that it has staying power if you ask me.
The show is located in the famous Golden Horseshoe Saloon that Wally Boag and Betty Taylor made famous, along with a whole cast of other characters over the years. Even today, the Saloon is one of the popular spots at Disneyland, and has a great following at the Park.
I’m not sure if Cindy and Sophie will see this show or not (although I’m going to guess they’ll see it once) — but I know that I plan to watch it once myself even if they don’t! Do you watch this show, and if you do, what do you think of it? See it once, watch it often, or skip it altogether? Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!
As we continue our look at what makes the attractions of Disney the most unique of any theme parks, today we are going to look at another of the opening day attractions for the Magic Kingdom — the Country Bear Jamboree.
Country Bear Jamboree Origins
The Country Bear Jamboree was originally slated for installation at Disney’s Mineral King Ski Resort, which was a project Walt Disney was working on in the mid 60s. The thought behind it was that the ski resort would need a show of some sort, and since it is the mountains, a bear themed show would fit in perfectly with the lodge and the concept. As a result, Walt Disney assigned the project to Marc Davis, one of Walt’s Nine Old Men.
As the story is told, one day Walt Disney walked into Marc Davis’ office, where Davis was working on drawings for the Country Bear Jamboree. Walt took a look at the drawings and laughed because he loved how it was working out. Then, on his way out of the office, he turned and told Marc Davis “Good-bye.” — which was something he never did. A few days later, on December 15, 1966, Walt Disney passed away, and that meeting with Marc Davis was the last time that Marc Davis would ever see Walt Disney on this planet.
Plans for the ski resort dried up with Walt’s passing, but as you all know, Walt Disney World continued on, and it was decided that the Country Bear Jamboree would be an opening day attraction at the Magic Kingdom when it opened. When it opened, the reviews were so favorable that it was immediately decided to put a version of it at Disneyland — this is one of the few attractions that I know of that opened at Walt Disney World before it opened at Disneyland.
The Country Bear Jamboree is not an attraction that I need to see every time we are at Walt Disney World, but it is one that I enjoy watching every couple of years or so. The audio-animatronic characters, coupled with the the atmosphere of the show, and the music, just adds up to an attraction that is full of country goodness! Additionally, if you are visiting the Magic Kingdom during a hot summer’s day, getting in out of the heat is well worth it!
So what do you think about the Country Bear Jamboree? Do you have any changes in opinion based on the background information I found? If so, please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!