View Full Version : Country Bear Closing
08-06-2001, 10:12 AM
We are just back from two weeks at Disneyland.
I am sad to report that Country Bear is indeed closing. I think Sept 7th is the last date. It is definitely around that time.
The cast members announced it during each show. They even encouraged you to take pictures (though asked that you wait for the finale).
She said it is being replaced by a Pooh attraction.
08-06-2001, 10:51 AM
Any idea how long it will take for the new attraction to be in it's place??
08-06-2001, 11:18 AM
I believe that the pooh ride isn't supposed to open until sometime in 2003. I just wish that Disney could have figured out how to put the ride in without taking the bears out. :(
08-06-2001, 11:25 AM
I've heard sometime in 2003. The original plan was to run through Christmas to fill the void of the Splash Mountain rehab. They will be replacing CBJ with a Winnie the Pooh dark ride. I hope they do a better job than the one at WDW. At least we can all rejoice in the fact that Mr. Toad's Wild Ride will not be the casualty for this (like WDW).
08-06-2001, 01:35 PM
I am very sad to see the bears going. With two theaters showing the bears, couldn't they have found a way to keep both?? I know the bears are a little dated but I have tons of ideas of how they could "update" the show. There are so many newer country songs that could have been paradeed (sp). I am glad I am going in two weeks to see one of the final performances of the bears.
08-06-2001, 11:51 PM
From what I have read on mouseplanet.com, the pooh ride is supposed to be exactly like the one in WDW.
08-07-2001, 02:45 PM
:( :( :( :(
08-07-2001, 11:05 PM
My 2-year old (at the time) son loved the Pooh ride. He was bouncing like Tigger for the next 1/2 hour.
Still, I will miss the bears at DL.
08-08-2001, 09:09 PM
funny thing is...they are making a Country Bears movie!
08-08-2001, 09:31 PM
Uncle Buck - now that makes no sense. I have heard rumors that they might add the bears to the water ride at DCA.
08-10-2001, 03:44 AM
*tear* I'll miss the Country Bear Jamboree :(
08-10-2001, 12:40 PM
DISNEYLAND'S BEAR ARE NOT CLOSING!!!
ALL THAT INFO IS DOWNRIGHT FALSE!!!
STOP READING AL LUTZ'S STUFF AND EVERYTHING...IT'S ALL WRONG!!!
THE CM'S ANNOUNCING THE ATTRACTION'S FINAL SEASON JUST GOT THEIR INFO OFF OF THE INTERNET/UNOFFICIAL DISNEY WEB SITES! NOTHING'S OFFICIAL!
THE SAYING IT ALL BECAUSE OF THE "NET" PEOPLE AND THEIR DARN RUMORS/GOSSIP!
08-10-2001, 12:59 PM
Wow, someone sure got excited. :rolleyes:
08-10-2001, 02:31 PM
Originally posted by disneyphilip
DISNEYLAND'S BEAR ARE NOT CLOSING!!!
ALL THAT INFO IS DOWNRIGHT FALSE!!!
And just how are you so sure that it is NOT closing?? Sometimes the only way to get a real answer or I guess scripted answer is to get it from the mouses mouth. I am going to e-mail them and see what they have to say. Even though I wish they would QUIT typing from a script and just answer my questions.
08-11-2001, 02:30 AM
I hope it stays!!!!!!!
08-11-2001, 03:40 AM
didn't that person say they actually WENT there the other day and they said it was closing? what does that have to do with the internet? LOL
08-11-2001, 10:01 AM
I know the person said he/she went there, I read that first message.
What I said is what I was told by Guest Relations when they contacted the Playhouse's "leads" for me. The "leads" said the Playhouse's closure is STILL ONLY a "rumor", nothing's official.
IT'S NOT A DONE DEAL!
The Disneyland Bears are NOT going to be closed in September!
The last time I called DL, which was on Monday August 6, I spoke to a Disneyland Guest Relations representative who is in communication with Walt Disney Imagineering. He said that the alleged Pooh ride has NOT been finalized. No specs have been approved and they have NOT decided on a location yet (they've looked at several locations including the Playhouse, near the Playhouse or in Fantasyland at the old Skyway chalet/along the Big Thuner Trail).
He also said that the protocol when closing attractions is at that it gets officially/publicly announced (and that press releases about it get published) at least three to four months in advance. If the bears had to pack it up and go in September, we would have officially known by now!
There is talk about bringing back the original CBJ show to replace the Vacation show. With so much $$$ invested in the upcoming live-action Country Bears movie, the theme parks will use the bear attractions to promote it.
08-14-2001, 02:27 PM
I was there last week and there was no indication of it closing. I would prefer the original show to the vacation show, however.
I was very happy to be able to enjoy Mr Toad. I don't know who could have dreamed they would replace it with that Pooh ride. If they create a Pooh ride at DL, let's hope it's better than that one.
08-26-2001, 10:00 PM
There was an article in the LA Times and Country Bears is closing September 9th.
It sounds pretty official now. The article did not report what was replacing it.
08-27-2001, 11:22 AM
Country Bears to get the hook
A Winnie the Pooh ride reportedly will replace the robots.
August 25, 2001
By DANIELLE HERUBIN
The Orange County Register
Anaheim -- The 29-year-old Country Bear Playhouse at Disneyland will close Sept. 9, a Disney spokesman said Friday.
The bears -- 20 robots dressed like mountain folk -- sing and play banjoes and fiddles about their "beary" amusing adventures.
It will be replaced by a Winnie the Pooh ride, according to Al Lutz, a Disney watcher who runs the unofficial Disney Web site Mouseplanet.com.
It is unclear if the new Pooh ride will use less expensive two-dimensional props - like those used in SuperStar Limo at the California Adventure theme park next door to Disneyland - or three-dimensional figures like those used in the new Tokyo Disneyland attraction.
"They've been working on it for years," said Dave Koenig, author of "Mouse Tales" and other Disney books. Disney's Imagineers wanted something similar to the high-tech version in Tokyo Disneyland, but Disney management "kept cutting back and cutting back and cutting back," Koenig said.
Disney spokesman Joe Aguirre declined to comment on what will replace Country Bears, saying Disney hasn't decided yet.
Koenig said the Pooh attraction will open the summer of 2003 or later. He added that the bear move is unusual because Disney is working on a Country Bear movie.
The Disneyland bear show, which opened in 1972 and was called Country Bear Jamboree until 1986, was based on a similar attraction at Walt Disney World near Orlando. It's in Critter Country, a small area near Frontierland.
Disney hasn't decided what it will do with the 20 bears, Aguirre said.
08-27-2001, 02:49 PM
Boy, if Disney puts 2D cut outs of Pooh along the lines of SuperStar "Lamo", the writing on the wall will be clear for everyone to read!!! :rolleyes:
I think I will be planning my next big overseas trip to Tokyo!!!
08-27-2001, 03:38 PM
It IS true, here is Disney's press release, which does not say anything (of course, typical for them) about the Pooh ride:
Country Bear Playhouse Bids Farewell at Disneyland
ANAHEIM (Disneyland Press Release) - The "Country Bear Playhouse" attraction in Disneyland will lower the curtain on its 29-year run on Sunday, September 9, 2001. The longtime attraction will be making way for an undisclosed future attraction that is still in development. The classic attraction has had a varied history during its three-decade engagement at the park.
"Country Bear Playhouse" premiered in 1972 as the "Country Bear Jamboree" in what was then known as Bear Country, and was the first attraction to be re-created from a similar show at Walt Disney World in Florida, which had opened the previous year. For the 1984 holiday season, "Country Bear Jamboree" made a festive transition into the "Country Bear Christmas Show" and marked another first: the "Country Bear Christmas Show" became the first existing "Audio-Animatronics" attraction at Disneyland to be re-programmed into a whole new show. This holiday version of the attraction has been a special presentation during many of the past 17 Yuletide seasons. It was in 1989 that the Bear Country land was re-themed to Critter Country to reflect the addition of the "Splash Mountain" flume-ride attraction. In 1986, a new daily version of the show starring the Country Bears made its debut in the form of the current "Country Bear Vacation Hoedown," and it is this edition that will continue until its finale on September 9.
"We are constantly in the process of refreshing and up-dating our parks with new shows and attractions," said Cynthia Harriss, president of the Disneyland Resort. "The Country Bears have been a part of Disneyland for nearly 30 years, and we feel it is time give our cast of bears a well-deserved rest and create a brand new attraction for our guests to enjoy."
08-27-2001, 06:45 PM
And to complete this discussion here is the article from the L A Times Saturday, August 25, 2001:
Country Bears' Eviction May Make Way for Pooh
Country Bear Playhouse, the popular Disneyland attraction that features audio-animatronic bears singing and playing banjos, is closing to make way for a new attraction, officials said.
After a 29-year run, the Country Bears' last performance will be Sept. 9. An almost identical attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida will continue operating, officials said.
"Disneyland has always had a policy of working on new projects, expanding the parks and adding new attractions," spokesman Joe Aguirre said.
Officials said plans for a new attraction have not been finalized. Some observers have said something like the Florida theme park's "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" would fit Disneyland's Critter Country theme.
I'm just glad I was able to see this one more time last weekend!
08-27-2001, 06:47 PM
Now that is too sad. I feel like a piece of my childhood and my son's early years got flushed away.
08-27-2001, 11:33 PM
We were there yesterday (Aug. 26) and the cast member announced that the bears will be closing on Sept 9. When my husband was picking up my sister's picture at Splash Mt. the cast member there told him that the Bears will be moving over to DCA, when I'm not sure but I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I love Big Al!!:earsgirl:
08-28-2001, 01:51 PM
If it's true they're going completely:
I may not be as fond of the CBP as I am of CBJ at WDW (vacation hoedown vs original jamboree, that is), but I still love that theater and the bears.
I'm really crossing my fingers that they're going to move the playhouse over to DCA. I can see it fitting in theme-wise in the Grizzly Peak area (don't know about space). And the fact that they're closing it down this far in advance of the CBJ movie makes me wonder about this plan:
Close CBJ at DL.
Move it to DCA.
Open it in DCA to coincide with the release of the CBJ movie, possibly also with new songs or whatnot to match with the movie. Then they can tout it as a "new attraction" with a movie tie-in.
I can hope, anyway...
And I hope they put in something at least as good as the WDW Pooh attraction -- not just some 2D cutouts. I want the Tokyo version!
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