First Look Video: Country Bear Musical Jamboree at Magic Kingdom

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Posted: Wednesday July 10, 2024 9:24am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Cast Member and Media previews for the new Country Bear Musical Jamboree got underway this morning at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom ahead of the official July 17 opening.


Here is a look at the full 11-minute show in this video (courtesy of Mousesteps) shot during the Country Bear Musical Jamboree media preview.

Country Bear Musical Jamboree Song List

Country Bear Musical Jamboree features a brand-new lineup of songs, performed in a style that pays homage to the Opry-style shows of Nashville. The new show features twangin' interpretations of Disney songs in various genres of country music, including Americana – or A-"Bear"-icana! –  bluegrass, pop-country, rockabilly and more. Here is the full Country Bear Musical Jamboree track list:

  • "Country Bear Musical Jamboree" – a new original song written for the attraction
  • "Try Everything" from Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Zootopia"
  • "Kiss the Girl" from Walt Disney Animation Studios' "The Little Mermaid"
  • "A Whole New World" from Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Aladdin"
  • "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Walt Disney Studios' "Mary Poppins"
  • "Fixer-Upper" from Walt Disney Studios' "Frozen"
  • "Remember Me" from Disney-Pixar's "Coco"
  • "You've Got A Friend In Me" from Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story"
  • "Bare Necessities" from Walt Disney Animation Studios "The Jungle Book"
  • "Come Again" – an original song that debuted with Country Bear Jamboree in 1974

The Who's Who of Country Bear Musical Jamboree

Grizzly Hall in Frontierland is home to the zany and captivating performance that showcases the American musical heritage pioneered by Ursus H. Bear. Over the years, Ursus' grandson, Henry, has taken over to develop a thrilling new countrified musical.

Longtime fans of Grizzly Hall know and love the kooky cast of bear characters. For those new to joining the jamboree, here is the lineup of growlin' performers making a triumphant return to the stage in this refreshed show:

  • Ursus H. Bear: Ursus is the founder of Grizzly Hall. He invited tuneful bruins from all around to present zany vaudeville acts and live country-western and folk performances! 
  • Henry: Ursus's grandson Henry is now the master of bear-emonies. He helped develop the new show and co-wrote the opening song with the Five Bear Rugs.
  • Five Bear Rugs: The Five Bear Rugs include Zeke, Zeb, Ted, Fred, and a bear named Tennessee, who all have ol' country rhythm in their souls.
  • Trixie: One of the most veteran performers, Trixie, has tried everything! She found her niche performing with triplets Bunny, Bubbles, and Beulah. 
  • Bunny, Bubbles and Beulah: Originally known as The Sun Bonnets, these girls traded in their bonnets for Stetsons when they began singing with Trixie worldwide, ending up here at Country Bear Musical Jamboree.
  • Teddi Barra: Grizzly Hall is proud to present The Jewel of the Dakotas, Teddi Barra. Her rise in show business was meteoric after being discovered in an ice cream parlor.
  • Wendell: Wendell was a frustrated basketball, baseball and football player until Henry invited him to try and carry a tune. He's been part of the Country Bears since and is thrilled to finally sing a love song with Trixie.
  • Ernest the Dude: Ernest the Dude is one of the best-dressed bears at Grizzly Hall – he brings his entire wardrobe wherever he goes!
  • Terrence, aka Shaker: Terrence, also known as Shaker, was once a famous theater star until he fell from the balcony in "Romeo and Juliet." Ever since, he turned in his tights for a guitar and lassoed himself the limelight back onstage.  
  • Romeo McGrowl: This bear, otherwise known as the Miami Serenader, is ready to enter his next era singing rockabilly! 
  • Gomer: Gomer is the resident piano player who has been claws-ically trained since he was a cub. 
  • Big Al: Of course, there must be mention of the infamous Big Al. He's been playing the guitar since he was a cub because music is in this bear's blood.

Behind the Music of Country Bear Musical Jamboree

Walt Disney Imagineering turned to popular and upcoming country music talent to provide the vocals for the new setlist. Featured artists include record-breaking 10-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally who sings "The Bare Necessities" from "The Jungle Book." Country singer Emily Ann Roberts lends her voice to Trixie with a rendition of "Try Everything" from "Zootopia." Singer-songwriter Allison Russel and musician Chris Thile, voice Teddi Barra and Wendell, respectively, performing "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin." 

"I first saw the Country Bears as a teenage musician and it bolstered my pride in the acoustic musical heritage of the rural south," said McAnally, the voice of Terrence, aka Shaker, in Country Bear Musical Jamboree. "I next saw the show with my own kids and sat amongst multiple generations of families from all over and felt that common bond that lasts a lifetime. It is my great blessing to get to be a part of the continuation of the tradition and I have done my best to honor the spirit of the Bears and the great Disney songbook, as well as the heart and soul that runs through the veins of Country music. And just maybe it explains why I've been singing in a Bear voice for several decades before this opportunity came up."

"This is an opportunity that I never even dreamed big enough to dream," said Emily Ann Roberts, voice of Trixie St. Claire in Country Bear Musical Jamboree. "It is such an honor to be a part of a show that has been so loved for so many years. I hope when folks hear Trixie's song about trying new things, failing and trying again, that they will be encouraged to do the same."

The Bears also have new costumes, drawing inspiration from classic country singer culture, including classic looks that might look at home at The Grand Ole Opry, a live country-music broadcasting studio in Nashville. Be sure to keep a look-out for all the easter eggs and Nashville notes scattered throughout the attraction. 

The Country Bear Musical Jamboree officially opens to all guests on July 17, 2024 in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

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TrainsOfDisney1 hour ago

Country Bear Jamboree and a photo of Big Al appeared in Colbert’s monologue tonight! Hooray for the bears - they are making the talk shows!

J.E.Smith3 hours ago

I read on one wiki that Roger Craig Smith (Sonic The Hedgehog!) is Melvin in this show. Do we have confirmation of that elsewhere?(If it is Roger, I can't tell from the voice alone. I'm used to hearing him as Sonic, and I haven't heard him do a low, goofy country voice like that)

The Chatbox Ghost4 hours ago

Whichever of the two it is, they did a spot on impression of Pete Renaday! Still curious if they reached out to him or not. EDIT: Just saw it was AJ!

Stitchon4 hours ago

A.J. LoCascio confirmed he's the voice of Henry, with Issac Robinson-Smith as Sammy:

J.E.Smith4 hours ago

I'm wondering if there will be more bear shows after this. I wonder if the reason they didn't go with Peter Renaday for Musical Jamboree, with him being 89 now, is so Henry could have a new consistent voice actor in place if they do more shows down the road, in case something happens to Pete?

IanDLBZF4 hours ago

I have to admit, they did a pretty good job with this and I am impressed especially with the lobby. The songs are super catchy and everything and got my feet stopping, and the audience clapping along even singing along at some points. I am going to take a point off for them not leaving in “Blood on the saddle” but hey, it is what it is! The Country Bears are back and that’s what matters most! Overall: 8/10 Also, unpopular opinion time - OLC PLEASE BRING THIS TO TOKYO DISNEYLAND I SWEAR!

Sneakman6 hours ago

I If it’s A.J., he was also the guy who did figment in Disney speedstorm. Pretty interesting. Tbh I’m not a fan of his figment, I kidna like Dave’s voice better. Also gambit in x men 97.

BagOfGroceries6 hours ago

It seems our new Henry is either David Loucks or A.J. LoCascio, going off the soundtrack album

Sneakman6 hours ago

Who? What? I’m new to this?

Ronnie Sanford6 hours ago

Never do nothing Ray Smale must be crying tears in his wine tonight. His department had to pony up cash for the new Country Bear duds.

Centauri Space Station7 hours ago

Like with carribbean plaza just around the TBA area. From the outpost to the train station

TrainsOfDisney7 hours ago

At WDW? Where would it start and end?

Centauri Space Station7 hours ago

i think a new orleans mini land would fit better for TBA that critter country

𝕴𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖊𝖊𝖗977 hours ago

They took portions of that one piece of concept art and cut it up for the poster, with a few changes. I wish they could have just drawn new art. The poster looks nice, but WHY did they just reuse Henry and others? Couldn't they have drawn something new?