RUMOR: Disney World to Replace Country Bear Jamboree with Toy Story Marionette Show for Magic Kingdom’s 50th Anniversary

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I honestly wish I was making this up or was publishing this article about a far-off, distant rumor, but the Bob Chapek mandate that the Disney Parks be used to “leverage intellectual properties” will likely claim the existence of a beloved, original attraction that is the definition of a Magic Kingdom classic—and do it just before its 50th birthday in 2021.

According to sources, the closure of the Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom is imminent. As has many reported a number of times, Walt Disney World is expected to promise guests 50 new or special offerings for its 50th anniversary celebration in two years time and a whole new attraction will very likely come to Frontierland to replace the 1971 audio-animatronic spectacle. And no, it will not be the Vacation Jamboree or Christmas overlays that many thought would be introduced in honor of the five-decade milestone.

Strangely enough, the replacement is a Toy Story audio-animatronic marionette show. This would incorporate elements of the Woody’s Roundup television show featured heavily in Toy Story 2, a faux program that starred puppet versions of Woody, Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete the Prospector.

A screenshot from the Woody’s Round-Up, a faux television show that appears in the Toy Story 2 film. This appears to be the basis for the new attraction ind development for the Magic Kingdom.

I try hard to report news and rumors without editorial asides, but why Walt Disney World would possibly need more Toy Story attractions is beyond me, especially ones located outside of the Toy Story Land that just opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last year. Moreover, there is also already another Toy Story attraction in the Magic Kingdom: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland. Even if another western-themed Toy Story attraction was a franchise necessity, why the oft-lauded “blessing of size” that Walt Disney World has over the other Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide does not mean that a new attraction can be built without permanently removing a classic attraction is truly beyond my understanding. Besides that, how many more Toy Story attractions do we need and how much more of the same Toy Story merchandise do they think they can sell by making this change?

Why do I bring this rumor to the forefront now? Well, while the closure window for the Country Bear Jamboree is presently unannounced and unknown, the logic that Disney wants to open this Toy Story show open by October 1, 2021 means it might be sooner than you would expect. The 2019 D23 Expo is approaching fast, and let us not forget that the demise of both The Great Movie Ride and the Universe of Energy was confirmed at the 2017 edition, neither actually mentioned on stage by Mr. Chapek as he announced their replacements. Both attractions also closed less than 30 days after said announcement, not giving many fans a chance to say their goodbyes to either long-standing classic and certainly not giving the broader community of park goers the chance to make it clear that the closure might be a mistake. While such efforts have made little headway in the past, it has been a long time since the Walt Disney Company chose to close the last domestic version of an attraction so iconic as the Country Bear Jamboree.

By way of a historical aside, and with the storytelling narrative oft-repeated by Disney, the Country Bear Jamboree was originally intended by Walt to be placed at Disney’s Mineral King Ski Resort in California which he was trying to build in the 1960’s. Walt knew he wanted a show to provide entertainment to the guests at the resort, and the project was assigned to legendary Imagineer Marc Davis. Sometime in late 1966, Walt stopped by Imagineering and Marc showed the drawings he was working on for the Bear Band show. As Marc shared years later, Walt had a good laugh at many of the humorous characters and scenes in the show that would later become the Country Bear Jamboree. On Walt’s way out he turned to Marc and said good-bye, a phrase that Marc recalled Walt was known never to say. That was the last time Davis saw Disney, who died days later on December 15, 1966, and the Country Bear Jamboree came to be referred to as “Walt’s last laugh”.

While the Mineral King Ski Resort never made it off the drawing board, 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.  The ubiquitous bears have become an oft-repeated reference in popular culture and have been featured in The Simpsons, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Critic, Futurama, A Goofy Movie, The Big Bang Theory, and Last Man Standing, to name just a few.

Disneyland closed the attraction in 2001, but it has been a sore point with many over the years. This is probably because it was replaced with a quickly devised, budget-conscious version of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride that occupied the same footprint as the Country Bear Playhouse – all in an effort to buoy Pooh merchandise sales. A similar scenario seems to be playing out now.

Funny enough, Country Bear merchandise is still even sold at Disneyland and enough so that it continues to be produced. Meanwhile, at Tokyo Disneyland, a plush line of the Bear characters has proven so popular that new versions are released on a regular basis almost every season.

We know that “rumors” of this sort are never popular, but I believe that our sources, our track record, and the nature of this not-yet-announced closure warrant that we share this information with our readers now. And to those detractors, our intent is not to gain publicity, financial gain, or some of the more ludicrous reasoning that could be attributed to our actions. More than anything, I love Walt Disney World and I hope you do too. WDWNT began as a passion project 12 years ago. That the site and its readership have grown does not alter our mission nor our passion—a passion I wouldn’t imagine throwing away by “making things up.”  Rather, our goal is to inform and educate passionate fans. For years, we have provided frank, un-slanted, un-influenced information from sources that share the same love for Walt Disney World as a place, an idea, and an achievement. We believe our readership agrees with the basic premise that Walt Disney, Marc Davis, and the many Imagineers who created this three dimensional canvas are undoubtedly artists. While a great many things have come and gone, there are those things that transcend time and place to being far more than just rides, shows, or means of increasing guest counts. Attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and, yes, the Country Bear Jamboree are the very essence of Disney, are the things that inspired countless members of this generation at Walt Disney Imagineering, and are the things that are so essential to the Disney theme park experience that their enjoyment is passed down from generation to generation.

To say what will have undoubtedly become clear, I am disheartened by this news and by the trend of news that has gathered on the horizon. 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.

I am the first to admit that grass roots movements to influence the Walt Disney Company do not have a particular track record of success. Equally true, though, is that once something is gone, it is unlikely to return.  And, as is clear above, I cannot help but have my feelings and beliefs come through in this posting. Our sources have been clear that this plan to close the Jamboree is very real, and the timeline for it doesn’t leave much time to wait. I assure you that the Walt Disney Company reads this website, and that they look at the comment section below, and on all forms of social media. You know the rumor, you have a good sense of my opinion, but I am not here to tell you your opinion about the Country Bear Jamboree. I am here to tell you that whatever your opinion is on this matter, it will be heard in these venues, so voice it.

About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
Contact Tom at [email protected]

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Allison MacInnes
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Allison MacInnes

ALL OF THE COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF COUNTRY BEAR JAMBOREE NEED TO BE SENT TO THE DISNEY EXECS! THEY *DO* GET YOUR E-MAILS! I sent my letter to the following addresses (they all worked, and none bounced back): [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] In less than 12 hours, I received a response from John Raley, Executive Correspondence Specialist, Walt Disney World Resort. He was writing on behalf of George Kalogridis, Bob Chapek, and James MacPhee. Here is his response: “Thank you for your message to George Kalogridis, Bob Chapek and Jim MacPhee regarding the Walt Disney World Resort. Your… Read more »

Keith Connolly
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Keith Connolly

I do not feel that same about the loss of Country Bear Jamboree. Prices to enter the Magic Kingdom keep on rising and that ride, and many others, are stale. Just look at the number people visiting the attraction (very low), and this as park attendance is at an all-time high. Disney has to produce more popular rides in order to redistribute crowds. Sorry, but this loss needs to happen.

Robert
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Robert

What do you define as stale, something that is 10 years old? 5 years old? For many people, a trip to Walt Disney World is a once in a lifetime experience, so it is all new to them. For others, revisiting beloved old favorites is it tradition, evoking nostalgia and joy. What would you suggest they remove next, Pirates of the Caribbean? The Haunted Mansion? The Jungle Cruise? I would not want to see Disney parks tearing out attractions every few years to replace them with the flavor of the month. I am not opposed to change or new things,… Read more »

Melissa M.
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Melissa M.

Pirates and haunted mansion BOTH received updating. From what I’ve heard, jungle cruise is ALSO slated for updates. Epcot recieving updates. If things remain the same, crowds will taper off. Crowds gather for the new rides. New lands. We await eagerly for the new additions. Updates. It’s gotta happen.

Dee
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Dee

Bull I don’t go for the new things…..

Meeko
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Meeko

Right!? Us Disney people go for the Nostalgia and memories. Most of us Disney people are also AP & DVC members who travel to Disney multiple times a year and spend loads of money. The people who only plan trips for new attractions/lands are the ones that go to Disney once every few years. Disney makes their money from AP & DVC so why they would get rid of timeless and beloved attractions is beyond me :(

Jason Krumbine
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Jason Krumbine

I wholeheartedly agree with the author’s comments and thoughtfulness. Our family of 8, Which spans from a 60 year old to a 2 year old and the family in between who has grown up on Disney, just had the best vacation day yet at Magic Kingdom. And do you know what we did….nothing new!!! Our best family day consisted of Tiki Room, Liberty Belle, Country Bears, and lunch at Cosmic Rays (why on Earth Sonny Eclipse was removed for a nighttime DJ is beyond me). Disney will learn soon enough that this path they are on is going to be… Read more »

Allison MacInnes
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Allison MacInnes

Wait, WHAT happened to Sonny Eclipse?! Was he REMOVED removed, or is he being worked on as part of the refurbishment?

There were reports in January that he was missing, but the guests were told it was part of the refurbishment, and the cast members were adamant he would be back.

I was there in March, and thoroughly enjoyed watching him during dinner — as I do every time I go.

I’ve never seen it, but he can be raised into the ceiling when work needs to be done.

So, is Sonny GONE forever, or just on vacation?

C Bowers
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C Bowers

Totally agree! If visitors like Keith Connolly don’t appreciate the classics, then don’t go to Disney. The Classics are true originals from Walt Disney himself, and should be “refreshed” but NOT removed!

george fitton
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george fitton

I’m afraid Disney doesn’t care about us old timers………..to the Board……and CEO…..its all about the ionacatbottom line ! The more profit on the bottom line…..it enriches stock holders and the CEO’s salary and bonus………they only want new visitors who will come every 3 or 4 years…….its so sad………….2 years ago we stayed in a newly renovated section of a property that hadn’t been in the vacation club yet…….the rate was around 500.00 a night…………one year later its 2200.00 per night………….that’s what the Board wants .

Susan Jones
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Susan Jones

Stale is when we watched the Little Mermaid live show in Hollywood Studios and her tail was broken. The costumes looked ratty and dirty. Sitting in the front row of the Beauty and the Beast Live show the wigs looked atrocious! I could see thick seams (at the “part”) and have seen better wigs in Halloween costumes that kids wore to our front door.

Donna Pierson
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Donna Pierson

Wow,, I thought I was the only one noticing the costumes,,,,

Edward
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Edward

Even if you agree with the premise that Country Bear Jamboree should close, shoehorning in yet another Toy Story attraction is stupid and short-sighted.

Alex James Moore
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Alex James Moore

True. We have enough toy story for sure.

Bobby
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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?

David Hofmann
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David Hofmann

This will be a bad idea . Puppeteer unions are expensive and that lead to the closure of California Adventure’s Disney Jr Live puppet show, which was awesome.

Brian E
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Brian E

Short term yes riding coat tails of movie

Dean
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Dean

The Woody marionette show was not very popular here at Disneyland Paris when it played at the Lucky Nugget, they only had a few shows a day, and even then people mostly focused on their food and not the show. The scale of the show is very small and really best suited for a smaller space.
Find the videos on Youtube, here is one link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMUeMMoctyU

Certainly not as entertaining as Country Bear Jamboree.

Michael Harbuck
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Michael Harbuck

Omg what the he’ll are they thinking the local busch gardens would be embarrassed to put that in its park. C’mon disney you guys and gals are better than that. Or that’s what I’ve always thought

Theresa Rathell
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Theresa Rathell

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

Grant
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Grant

Every time I’ve been to the show in recent years it is packed (except for right before closing).

Kate K.
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Kate K.

Same, And I’ve been at multple points in the year, and even in off season its always full. Christmas it was packed, Fourth of July: Packed. August: Packed…May: Packed…March: Packed. And the original intent for the parks was a place for the WHOLE FAMILY to visit…well, you kind of need to include people on all ends of the age spectrum to hold to that. I don’t think a Toy Story puppet show is going to have the same appeal for grandparents as the Country Bears.

Kristin
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Kristin

We watched the show last week, the auditorium was packed and the bears had the audience laughing. Keeping the classics is what makes Disney, Disney.

Marilyn Fern
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Marilyn Fern

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!

hillary stone
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hillary stone

I would go watch the show because it was cute as well as get out of the heat and off my feet during the summer. There are not many things like that in the parks. It should stay.

RiverRat
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RiverRat

Your statement about the number of people that attend this ride are false. As a former CM, that worked this attraction, I can speak to the fact that while Country Bear Jamboree is incapable of holding the same crowds as two other major attractions in the land, Splash and Thunder Mountain, the Bears welcome HUNDREDS of guests every day. This show is a classic. The relationships that people have with this attraction are unbelievable. You wouldn’t imagine how many people have memories of clapping along to the songs. Or even the stories of those who have since passed that used… Read more »

Brian E
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Brian E

Most people just go because no line and to cool off

I’m more disappointed they stopped Christmas version

I would rather upgrade that includes multiple versions Christmas Halloween Fourth of July and maybe a few different tracks so they not always the same like Star Tours

L Sims
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L Sims

This is very sad if it actually happens. There are certain things in the Magic Kingdom that should always be a part of it…. Pirates of the Caribbean, Small World, The Haunted Mansion and Country Bears all come to mind. I was VERY disappointed to see the ending of the Electric Light Parade. It was something I always LOVED!!! Don’t mess with the things that made Disney! It’s fine to keep adding new attractions….but, don’t destroy the classics!!!

SJames
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SJames

Let’s take it to the Disney execs themselves!!
Disney Corporate Phone Number
(818) 560-1000

Robert Iger
[email protected]

Bob Chapek
Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
[email protected]

Meg Crofton
President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations in United States and France
818-560-7401
[email protected]

George Kalogridis
President of Walt Disney World
407-828-2600
[email protected]

Email you comments, petition to save the original attractions!

David Hofmann
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David Hofmann

I sent bob a nice email. You should too

Eric
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Eric

You realize that they don’t actually receive these emails, right?

Allison MacInnes
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Allison MacInnes

Oh, but they do. See my more recent post about who I E-mailed and the response I got in less than 12 hours.

Allison
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Allison

Meg Crofton’s E-mail is no longer active, as she has left that position.

Instead, Catherine Powell is President, Disney Parks Western Region, “overseeing Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Disneyland Paris.”
[email protected]

Meeko
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Meeko

100% agree!!! I still am devastated that SpectroMagic is long gone. Point being though is that Walt is the person who created this in the first place, so why on earth would anyone think to get rid of something that he had an actual influence on?

Montescarlo
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Montescarlo

Country Bear Jamboree is not a ride.

Ely
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Ely

I completely agree with you. Alot of rides and attractions are outdated. People want to hold on to childhood memories without realizing that times have changed. People expect more. Splash mountain is another ride that either needs a new theme or a major makeover.

Bren
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Bren

Wrong. Gonna be a very sad day when Splash gets re-themed.

Donald
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Donald

First of all this rumor is fake news and not gonna happen. Disney is going to lose Pixar and Toy Story after the government breaks them up due to antirust laws. Second of all, Magic Kingdom and other parks should NOT be changing. Keeping them the same is the best way to fix the attendance problems instead of raising ticket prices. I don’t get tired of doing the exact same thing over and over again.

Inkiad
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Inkiad

Walt never wanted Disney to stay the same. He has always wanted things to change. You may not want the changes but sometimes it needed. Also Disney won’t be broken up. Your just hating on Disney and if you can’t accept it then leave cause you aren’t a true Disney fan

Michele
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Michele

we are talking about an attraction that takes up such little space in Frontierland that there is literally no benefit to changing it. You can’t put a popular attraction there because there isn’t even any room for a queue. If you want change how about putting something in the Stitches Great Escape space? Yes change is always going to happen but it is important to keep some classics for the simple fact that many people go to Disney world for the nostalgia. No other theme parks in the world can bring on the nostalgia like a Disney park can so… Read more »

Anita
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Anita

I have such fond memories of Country bear Jubilee! It’s clean family humor was great! No to another Toy Story spinoff.

Keegan
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Keegan

This is annoying. I hate this push of kill the old and replace with modern disney IP. Just expand the parks with this stuff. Honestly, the number of attractions left that I like that aren’t covered in IP marketing is so few, I feel that in a few more years there won’t be anything of my childhood trips left worth seeing.

MaryBeth Rogers
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MaryBeth Rogers

Totally agree so thank you!

Rachel Woods
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Rachel Woods

I agree!! I’m fine with expansion, but some things need to stay!! Especially for older generations who like a relaxing show. It provides a good laugh, somewhere to sit for a bit, and its important that younger kids are exposed to this type of attraction. Pretty soon, toy story and star wars is going to be the prevailing theme at every park.

Darlene G
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Darlene G

You are so right! We have been going since our granddaughter was 7 months old and she will be 18 when we go later this year. We also went before she was born but not as often and they have removed some of our favorites. What will they close next Pirates or The Little Mermaid, which would really upset our granddaughter because she’s named after Ariel and she loves everything mermaid. They need to keep the long standing attractions and add the new ones somewhere else on property instead of always building new resorts all the time. Just extend the… Read more »

Elaine
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Elaine

I feel the same way, MK should evoke memories for all ages, stop removing all the classics.

Art V.
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Art V.

I want to say something here but I’m speechless right now. I want to rant and rave about how horrible Mr. Chapek is and how angry I am about this. But I also feel so sad right now this is our childhoods they are destroying my parents childhoods and my grandparnets childhoods. even my great grandfather saw the country bear jamboree before he passed. His name was Al so of course, he had to buy a Big Al Plush to take home with him back in the 1970s. But more importantly, I will never be able to take my future… Read more »

Rhonda Dring
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Rhonda Dring

Agree! Disney has gotten to Expensive for the average family. Dorsey it is sad when I saw the Tokyo Disney and it is a lot keep!

Denise J Goslee
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Denise J Goslee

I agree wholeheartedly! They are taking away so many of our childhood memories! Thank goodness I was able to share them with my grandchildren, but what about our Greatgrandchildren? This is really sad! Walt is probably spinning in his grave!

Mark
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Mark

You do realise that Walt was the one who said that Disneyland was not a museum and should keep on changing? Nostalgia is not an excuse to keep an attraction for ever. You should atleast update them/ keep them fresh or replace them with new offerings.

Although in your defense, Walt Disney World has MORE than enough space and Magic Kingdom desperately needs more capacity. They could build this somewhere else in Frontierland aswell.

Inkiad
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Inkiad

Mark I agree and people need to realize that. I’m pretty sure Walt would even close rides!

Jenn
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Jenn

Disney has thousands and thousand of undeveloped acres. They need to update the old favorites and build another new park! This way they can keep all the nostalgia and create new magic for the Disney lover in all of us. It seems to me that Disney keeps building hotels at a much greater pace than needed which overcrowds the parks. We need new fresh attractions added to the parks we love and enjoy but we need an entire new theme park to help diversify some of the crowds. If anyone can do this Disney certainly can! The 3 new rides… Read more »

Amanda
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Amanda

No no no. Stop taking away the things we love. I don’t mind the changes to the other parks, but leave the magic Kingdom alone!!

Stephanie Trewhitt
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Stephanie Trewhitt

Right, the show is iconic. Before too long, it all be Guardians, Toy Story, Avatar. I can honestly say if that ever happens my vacations at Disney will decrease in numbers greatly. I guess it will be Universal more frequent.

James Osborne
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James Osborne

Universal is nothing but IP.

Todd
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Todd

I have lived my whole life in Orlando and it is sad how WDW it has become a mega corporation vs the company that Walt and Roy built. I am still a big fan of WDW but I agree, leave the Magic Kingdom alone it is the only park that IS Walt Disney. Even Epcot is not to his vision. Do the new stuff in the other parks or add on to the Magic Kingdom if you must but leave the core alone.

Matt
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Matt

If this is true, we are losing a loved one. This one hurts. Classic Disney laid to rest. I wish we had a chance to stop in on our last trip, it would have been nice to say good-bye.

Georgia
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Georgia

Oh how sad! Walt must be crying in his grave! Why say good-bye to this iconic show when instead Disney should be updating and improving this silly ole group of bears plus others. We are making plans for being there for the 50th anniversary and the Country Bear Jamboree is always on our list of must dos. If you close it down thank you for another round of disappointment from someone who scrimps and saves just so my son and I can have a nice/fun filled vaca. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE COUNTRY BEARS JAMBOREE AWAY FROM US WHO LOVE… Read more »

Elisa
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Elisa

My family loves the Country Bears, too. This is incredibly sad and I hate to see it happen. I did think on our last trip that the interior of the theater needed to be freshened up a bit and perhaps freshen the show for the young ones… but never did I imagine they would remove it entirely. I’m just heart sick over this :( At least I’m getting to take my niece this week for her first trip to WDW. I will make sure she sees the pictures of our family there over the years and get some good ones… Read more »

Inkiad
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Inkiad

You do know Walt would want change. He is not rolling in his grave but I will agree that Toy Story shouldn’t replace the bears.

Nancy Dalton
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Nancy Dalton

If WDW gets rid of Country Bear Jamboree, I will CRY!!!! It’s such an iconic attraction.

Griffin
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Griffin

I know, but we have no control over anything :(

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According to Tom, some execs read WDWNT, so they do take things into consideration, their maintenance report has had its noticeable effects recently!

Phoebe La Joie
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Phoebe La Joie

This cannot happen. I live in California and I remember how gutted I was when our Jamboree left. If they want to build a new Toy Story attraction they need to do it somewhere else. Disney World is huge and they don’t need to get rid of classic rides to put in something new. The Bears are a wonderful, funny show and I personally would be willing to drive across country just to see them again. Closing them forever is the equivalent of closing the Mansion, the Tiki Room or It’s a Small World. Please don’t do this. The Country… Read more »

Les
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Les

What makes anyone think that these other iconic attractions will not also get chopped?

Mike
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Mike

I do not understand the need to gut the classics. I agree with a previous comment thst said Walt is turning over in his grave right now. Walt nor Roy would have ever agreed with such a decision. Also, not everyone wants or xan handle the big thrill rides. And our children need more exposure to simpler times rather than more social media. This is a terrible decision. VERY DISAPPOINTING TO A TRUE DISNEYNUT.

Inkiad
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Inkiad

Mike What does social media have to do with rides? Like I said Walt always wanted change and he doesn’t want to keep everything the same. I don’t like the idea of Toy Story but change happens and Walt would approve of change as long as it’s a good idea.

KenR
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KenR

I have to admit that I feel like a hypocrite as I write this. We often skip the Country Bear Jamboree when we visit the Magic Kingdom so how can I say, with a straight face, that they should not replace this attraction? I suppose that there is a comforting feeling walking by it and knowing it was there when I first visited WDW in 1974. But I suppose that because of people like me, they feel they have no reason to save it. Heck they replaced Snow White, Mr. Toad, 20,000 Leagues (which would be awesome using today’s technology),… Read more »

Lori Robbins
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Lori Robbins

Ok, first off, leave Figment alone! Some of us are native here and Figment has always been a favorite. I do agree it needs revamping just because EPCOT is supposed to be a step into the future. So much they could do to make it more, well, imagenative 🤭

Randy Eischer, Jr.
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Randy Eischer, Jr.

I always rode 20,000 Leagues at least twice on every trip, and I regarded it as an iconic part of Disney World. Losing it was indeed painful and one less reason to want to return to the park. So much of what I loved is gone and what replaced them is, well, pretty crappy. Sad to say that the only attraction tied to an IP that I find worthwhile is Splash Mountain, which ironically came from an IP that Disney spent so many years trying to hide.

Teagan Martinez
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Teagan Martinez

To be honest, I feel the same. I only had passes with my family for a year, but I loved every single day we spent there. I always want to go in to see the jamboree, but I never got the chance because we were always catching a fast pass and we anyways said “we’ll do it next time”, or something of that nature. But I certainly love knowing just that it’s THERE. It makes me feel like at least there’s something sacred in the Disney parks. That they’re not JUST in it to try and sell products or get… Read more »

Cyndi Borelli
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Cyndi Borelli

It would be really sad to lose classic. I can’t say we do the show every time we go but it is cute and silly, and yes, a tradition to pass on to your kids. I don’t think they need more toy story either. Did they ever hear of “too much of a good thing”? Hopefully this rumor doesn’t come true.

Chris
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Chris

I am still bitter about the removal of the Country Bears from Disneyland after almost 20 years. On my first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 2016 I was delighted to find this attraction still existed, and in it’s almost original form (I had only ever known the Vacation Jamboree version). I get that Toy Story is a money maker, and it is a convenient tie in for Toy Story 4, but for the love of everything holy, please stop replacing everything original with IP nonsense. I shudder to think of what they replace our Enchanted Tiki Room with. My… Read more »

Phoebe La Joie
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Phoebe La Joie

Oh they do anything to the Tiki Room and they’ll have to find a new crazy fangirl. Thats one of the best “untouchables”. Thank God for Tropical Hideaway.

Randy Eischer, Jr.
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Randy Eischer, Jr.

The “Under New Management” renovation of the Tiki Room was a loud and stupid horrorshow, right down to the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele, possessing a Jamaican accent. I was so glad when someone torched the animatronic for Iago, forcing a return to the original show.

Brian Beggs
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Brian Beggs

I couldn’t agree more. This latest trend in Disney’s M.O. has convinced me to make our next trip to Disneyworld, which we have already booked for September, our last.

Cassandra M Black
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Cassandra M Black

I know it’s a rumor, but this is one that really concerns me. I’m beyond devastated that this is a possibility. I share the same opinions as written here, honestly. I used to LOVE Toy Story, but now it oversaturates everything and now I would NEVER buy anything related to the franchise as both a boycott and a slaughtering of my interest in it. And the new land at studios was extremely disappointing (The TS section at All-Star Movies does it almost the same but better theming wise, imo. Or if they had just left TS Mania to be the… Read more »

Diana S
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Diana S

This. All of this. Country Bears is absolutely an attraction I make time for on every visit, and I’m an Annual Passholder so I go a lot. Are there less full shows? Sometimes yes but the several times I’ve been recently it’s been pretty close to
If not max crowd.

Susan
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Susan

Totally agree!

The nostalgia, integrity & history of the “last laugh” is something that should not be replaced.

Woodys round up dark ride would be wonderful!!

RiverRat
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RiverRat

If they are going to mess with Frontierland, they should make the shooting gallery a “Rootin’ Shootin’ Gallery” and make the bad characters pop up.

Teagan Martinez
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Teagan Martinez

👆Literally put everything I was thinking and feeling into words perfectly. THIS👆👆👆

Johnny C.
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Johnny C.

No. No, no, no, no, nooooooooooo! Ok Mr. Chapek, I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of your IP loving, short-sighted, marketing over creativity self! Are IP’s evil? No. They have their place here and there. Again, the “blessing of size.” Build new, don’t just replace. But to slowly but surely strip away the very soul and essence of Walt’s and WED’s creation in exchange for flavor of the next few years’ IP is intolerable! The Disney parks were built on the foundation of ORIGINAL, CREATIVE stories and characters. The reason so many people keep coming back to the parks is… Read more »

Carlos
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Carlos

WDW already got rid of Mr. Toad, now this… what will be next? Pixar’s Haunted Mansion? As you say, they have plenty of space. Stop replacing attractions and better build actual new rides.

Rhonda dring
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Rhonda dring

Loved mr. Toodd’s ride. They should leave while Disney’s original stuff alone and build stuff other places they have the land to do it

Debbie
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Debbie

Well, this wasn’t exactly how I wanted to start my week, my Monday, or my summer off! I am deeply saddened and a tiny bit angry about this. Can we PLEASE have one classic attraction untouched? I could not agree MORE with the last two paragraphs of this article. DO. NOT. TOUCH our bears. Classic and pure Walt. My family adores this show, and we are peacefully asking that it not be removed for yet one more touch of the “new!”

David
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David

If this is true then the news is horrible. We lost 20 thousand leagues under the sea as well. These were classic Disney attractions and being replaced by commercialism. Where will the memories of these and other old time events like Davy Crockett reside? Is Frontierland a thing of the past? How can you stick a toy story ride in this spot? The new owners of the Disney experience are destroying the memories we cherished for years.

Melanie Keel
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Melanie Keel

Well it this is true I am glad I am going next week with my nephew and I will make sure we take it in. I agree with the others though that although we have new modern up to date attractions to keep up currently but we shouldn’t erase the wonderful classics!

Ben
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Ben

Oh man, I hope not! I love the County Bear Jamboree. It feels like classic Disney, and every time I got, the audience is hardcore and sings and claps along with every song. I would miss this attraction a ton!

Donald Wood
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Donald Wood

Utterly disheartening. It is with deep sadness that I read this posting today. As someone who’s parents took him to the WDW Resort during its first year of operation, who proposed to his wife there, honeymooned there, and recently celebrated my 30th anniversary their, I have become more sad with each change to the parks, on both coasts, to maximize “intellectual property” and revenue for the sake of revenue. Between Star Wars and Marvel making fundamental changes to EPCOT (where it doesn’t fit), and the constant changes to Pixar oriented rides, I am at a loss as to understand the… Read more »

Dave Woods
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Dave Woods

This is insane. The ambiance and character built into Disney Parks has always made the expense of the visit more than worth it Each park is slowly losing the distinction that existed at it’s opening Epcot was to be about tomorrow. World Showcase was to be like a World’s Fair. There were strick requirements on each country built. Employees came from the respective Homeland. I’m reality, a chance to experience and learn about each country. Now, we have a cartoon attraction that teaches nothing about Norway. How much does the Memo ride enhance the learning experience in the Living Seas.… Read more »

Teagan Martinez
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Teagan Martinez

Holy crud, I didn’t even know they were planning to do that to Epcot. I ACTUALLY can’t believe it.. Is that a rumor or likely? I almost feel there like save for Frozen Ever After, Epcot would be the only park that could be left untouched, at least for now. But Marvel? In Epcot? REALLY??? WHO thought that ANYBODY wanted that?? With the changes to classics in Magic Kingdom they’ve been having, Epcot has very steadily been becoming my favorite park, and it was definitely up there right past magic kingdom after seeing this post, but now I’m honestly not… Read more »

Inkiad
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Inkiad

Marvel isn’t coming to EPCOT in a big way. There is a Guardian’s ride coming but that’s it.

Jenn
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Jenn

I beg to differ about Marvel not coming to Epcot in a big way. It’s the tip of the ice burg. Disney purchased the rights to the marvel characters, how Universal let that slip by I don’t know but Disney is going to run with it. It’s a huge moneymaker. My family Loves Disney and all it is and stands for but we all seem to forget one thing….it’s a business and it’s there to make money. The new Marvel Ride in Epcot is the second largest indoor roller coaster in the world. If Disney does it ,they go big… Read more »

Steven
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Steven

Honestly, I have never really connected with the Country Bear Jamboree. With that being said, Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean are my two favorite attractions at Magic Kingdom, and two of my most favorite attractions period. I’ve seen the Country Bear Jamboree a couple of times in my life, but it’s always at the bottom of my 3- or 4-day park trip when we go to Disney. The last time I watched it, all I could think is that it has not aged well. The technology just does not stack up with today’s modern standards, of which Disney… Read more »

Jason Z
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Jason Z

This kinda news disheartens me so much. I think back to my first trip to Disney World as a 12 year old in 1993 (back when the logo was the Block letters like in your logo), and going to EPCOT Center as my first Disney Park. It was such a unique and amazing experience, and besides on some merch the characters and traditional Disney IP were no where to be found. WDW used to be a wonderful mix of IP and original unique experiences, and it saddens me as the parks become more and more fully IP driven each year.… Read more »