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Country Bear Jamboree at Magic Kingdom

The Country Bear Jamboree at Disney World in Florida offers its guests a hearty slice of Americana.

It also has the distinction of being one of the few attractions at the park that provided the inspiration for a subsequent film.

Walt Disney himself was personally involved in developing the show and attraction, which was originally slated to be a part of a Disney ski resort that never came about.

Instead, the 18 bear musicians included in the jamboree have been delighting guests to the Magic Kingdom for over 40 years.

All the bears have recently been refurbished with new technology and new fur, so there’s never been a better time to see their show.

Fittingly, the Country Bear Jamboree is located within Disney World’s Frontierland, which pays homage to America’s frontier heritage.

The Show

The show is housed within a traditional music or theater venue that has been outfitted with country decor.

Kicking things off are three mounted and stuffed animal heads to the side of the stage named Buff, Max and Melvin.

After an introduction, your attention is turned to the stage where an animatronic bear named Gomer begins to hammer away at the piano and set the tone for the rest of the performance.

A bear named Henry emcees and introduces the various acts.

As the show progresses, you’ll get to know each musical act.

Each bear has its own distinct look, singing style and name.

Fan favorites include Big Al, the largest bear in the show who plays an out-of-tune guitar and sings in a slow southern drawl and Trixie, who wears a tutu and has a crush on Henry.

There are also a few group acts within the show like a set of bear triplets who call themselves the Sun Bonnet Trio and the Five Bear Rugs.

Country Music

In total, the show lasts about 10 minutes and takes the audience quickly through a number of different country music styles.

Country music fans may recognize some of the 15 tunes the jamboree goes through, though the most famous number is probably the Ballad of Davy Crockett.

Most of the songs hail from the 1960s or earlier, and are wholesome enough for the entire family.

There are also plenty of quips and jokes in between songs courtesy of Henry, who does a fine job of introducing each act.

The Country Bear Jamboree at Disney World is a family-friendly affair and is entertaining even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of country music.

Children will love all the animatronic bears, which have been designed to look friendly, soft and cuddly.

The quality of animatronics in the jamboree is very high and each bear has its own set of lifelike motions and expressions.

Accompanying the 18 bears are beautiful backdrops complete with classic scenes from Americana and all of the bears’ instruments.

The bears all move to the beat of the music and strum their respective instruments.

This show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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