Friday, August 28, 2009
Disneyland: One Man's Dream- Bear Country
Disneyland was doing very well, and continued to enjoy enhancements and expansions. New Orleans Square was a success, but something was a little odd: Frontierland wrapped around the perimeter of the new land, connecting to the Indian village. But in 1971, the Indian Village where for years tourists enjoyed Indian tribal dances and stories, was removed to make way for yet another brand new land- Bear Country.
If you haven't noticed, all the new lands did not end in "land" like Frontierland ot Tomorrowland. It sort of keeps the prestige of the original lands. Today, hardly any new lands end in "land", keeping the nostalgia of the original lands.
Anyway, Bear Country opened up in March of 1972. This area featured a restaurant, a shop, an arcace, and the signature attraction, The Country Bear Jamboree. The Country Bear Jamboree was a show that featured only Audio-Animatronics, like the Enchanted Tiki Room, only the performers were bears. The Country Bears was also an attraction Walt designed. The attraction was intended for a ski resort that Disney wanted to build, but the deal fell through. It is commonly known that Walt one day was looking at concept art for the Country Bears with Marc Davis and laughed because he really liked the pictures. As he left, Walt turned around to Marc and said "Goodbye". Walt never did this and Marc was fearful that Walt's health would futher deteriorate. It was the last time Marc saw Walt. A few days Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966.
The show then went to the newly opened Walt Disney World, where it was a hit. The show was then duplicated at Disneyland in Bear Country. New shows were also produced, such as the Country Bear's Vacation Hoedown and Country Bear Christmas -Special.
The show eventually closed and was replaced by The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. But, many believe the show hasn't disapeared from Disneyland forever...