Permits filed for new set elements at Country Bear Musical Jamboree

Apr 12, 2024 in "Country Bear Jamboree"

Country Bear Jamboree closed - January 27 2024
Posted: Friday April 12, 2024 1:38pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has filed a new permit this week for ongoing work at the Country Bear Musical Jamboree in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

The permit carries the description of "Install set elements and piping" and is assigned to Thermetrics Corporation, which specializes in HVAC and Chillers.

Work is also underway on the exterior at Grizzly Hall, with the attraction marquee now behind wraps to be updated with the show's revised name.

Looking ahead to the new show, which opens in the summer of 2024, Disney says, "The Country Bears are getting ready to put on a new show that pays homage to the Opry-style shows of Nashville. While the Country Bear Musical Jamboree will include easter eggs from the beginning to the end including a familiar tune fans may remember, the bears will sing new, reinterpreted Disney tunes in different genres of country music – like bluegrass, pop-country, Americana, rockabilly and other styles."

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Rich T4 minutes ago

Fun idea but…no. “Country Bears” is the act. It’s the whole idea. It’s about country… bears.😃 And country/bluegrass music in Frontierland has been a robust part of Disney castle parks since 1955. Jazz in Frontierland…. Well, as long as it’s in a Dixieland style, yes because of the riverboats. But not for this show. Big Al wouldn’t be caught dead playing jazz. 😃

Comped27 minutes ago

If this happened 30 years ago, it would have been jazz bears as the new overhaul. And it almost certainly would have being better because Disney has a robust history of jazz versions of its hits, thanks particularly to having a robust history of live jazz in the parks for decades. Country music not so much.

WaluigiTime40 minutes ago

Dang this stuff is good

pigglewiggle1 hour ago

And it's fabulous. 🕺

Mireille1 hour ago

Part of my optimism might be that I haven't paid particularly close attention to any announced songs so I'm not really sure what they'll be using and the one that's been making the rounds in the comments "Try Everything," I'm sure I've heard it but I have no idea what this song is or which movie it's in. I just googled it and saw it's the Shakira song in Zootopia. Can't remember what it sounds like and I'll just wait to hear it in the show.

ToTBellHop1 hour ago

Oh, I agree that we are lucky the bears are saved. I’m just a bit let-down if these song choices are accurate but maybe it’ll work. I similarly do not have a strong connection to the old songs. An update was necessary but I’m not yet convinced this is the right update.

Mireille1 hour ago

I mean... fair point. But Pirates already sorta did it by adding Captain Jack, which I was not a fan of but it's whatever, I'm used to it now. And Country Bears is a musical variety show and they needed to, at the very least, re-record the soundtrack because it sounded old and bad. I liked Bear Band Serenade and Blood on the Saddle and aside from those I really don't have strong feelings about the rest of them. (I never got to see Vacation Hoedown but I have CDs with those songs on them and I loved Great Outdoors.) I dunno, I'm just happy they're not disappearing so I'm less concerned about the songs. And it doesn't seem outrageous to update the songs in a variety show that had been running for 50 years with minimal changes other than being shortened. I guess I'm looking at it from the point of view that I'm just happy it wasn't closed so I'm actually excited to see them in a new show.

ToTBellHop1 hour ago

Would you care if the Pirates of the Caribbean were singing “We Don’t Talk about Bruno” while burning the town? Haunted Mansion singing busts giving their best rendition of “Into the Unknown”? They already have a show in MK that (appropriately) features Disney’s greatest hits in Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Now, if they want to have Nixon perform “Be Prepared” in HoP, I’m there for it.

Mireille1 hour ago

I liked the original Country Bears a lot but when they announced they were updating them instead of shutting them down as they did in DLR, I was pretty happy. Country versions of Disney songs aren't the greatest, but I don't understand people getting mad about hearing Disney songs in Disney World. Seems weird. I'm just upset they didn't change the country bears to rapping bears from the 80s. "My name's Big Al and I'm here to say There was blood on the saddle in a major way! Now wave your hands in the air! And wave 'em like you're just a bear! Everybody say heeeeyyy! (Heeeeyyyy!) Everybody say hooooo! (Hoooo!) There was blood on the saddle, there was blood all around There was a great big puddle of blood on the ground! (Beatboxing fade out)" Now it's not that, so can we stop catastrophizing before anyone has seen it?

Cmdr_Crimson2 hours ago

Yeah, and see if they add the new hairstyle and Name change to Romeo (LiverLips) Mcgrowl... I'm sure everyone will still call him Liver Lips..It's like us Chicagoians still calling Willis Tower The Sears tower no matter what it was called.😆

ToTBellHop2 hours ago

What I want to know is: will they finally fix the bears who look like Big Thunder isn’t the only line they did before the show?

ToTBellHop3 hours ago

I want to hear a country bear singing “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat”

Rich T4 hours ago

The return would have been long-term: maintaining Disney’s reputation for keeping their attractions in top form and making sure people want to return to experience that level of quality. But the classic show (which I love) did need a content refresh (Vacation Hoedown—which I also love—was 38 years ago). IF the new show is good, this two-birds-with-one-stone solution will be a win-win for everyone. I’m trying to stay optimistic.

EPCOTCenterLover5 hours ago

I'm glad they're re-doing the show. I don't need another shop selling plush or additional seating for Pecos Bill.