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  • Country Bear Playhouse -- 15 Years Ago

    September 9th, 2016 will be the 15th anniversary of the Country Bear Playhouse's closure at Disneyland. Critter Country has never been the same since the bears stopped singing.

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    Originally posted by DLHMFAN View Post
    September 9th, 2016 will be the 15th anniversary of the Country Bear Playhouse's closure at Disneyland. Critter Country has never been the same since the bears stopped singing.
    It really is sad.Even more ironic is the construction wall at Critter Country and that fact that the Disneyland 5k was themed to them.

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    • #3
      I miss those good ol' bears, too, especially on a hot, humid, or rainy days, anytime I wanted to sit down for a spell, and be entertained, and during the Christmas season I really miss their very merry Christmas show!
      Critter Country's a mess ev'r since the Country Bears were kicked out. Ya can't cover pooh with honey and 'spect people ta like it.
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      • #4
        More agreement here. Disneyland is truly lacking in this type of entertainment: the animatronic musical show. Other than Tiki Room, there is nothing of this type. While I loved the show, much of the sting would have been taken out if they had opened a brand new show elsewhere in the park of a similar type. Thank God it still exists in Florida, so it's not 100% gone, but it's still real hard for some of us to get there.
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        • #5
          I can't wait to see The Bears on our first visit to WDW in November. The week of Nov 14th, will it be their xmas show?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by GraceLovesGoofy View Post
            I can't wait to see The Bears on our first visit to WDW in November. The week of Nov 14th, will it be their xmas show?
            WDW no longer does the Christmas show; WDW management doesn't want to go to the expense and a show that repeatedly uses the word "Christmas" is not politically correct in this country any more.

            But Tokyo Disneyland still offers the Christmas show at their Country Bear Jamboree attraction. That Tokyo version also has vastly superior maintenance compared to the dusty WDW version.

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            • #7
              I was at the next to last showing on September 9, 2001. I was with my daughter and it was as magical as it ever was. We went up on that Sunday just to be a part of its closing. We did wonder why they didn't wait until after the Christmas show which we also truly loved.

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              • #8
                Wow, 15 years. This was one of my dad's favorite attractions and it was a must-do every time we went there when I was a kid. I'm sure I've seen the show 20 times or more, and I remember a decent amount of it. I've been to WDW 5 times but I've never made it on their Country Bear Jamboree (mostly because I rarely go to the Magic Kingdom, I spend most of my time at Epcot and Animal Kingdom).
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Big D View Post
                  Wow, 15 years. This was one of my dad's favorite attractions and it was a must-do every time we went there when I was a kid. I'm sure I've seen the show 20 times or more, and I remember a decent amount of it. I've been to WDW 5 times but I've never made it on their Country Bear Jamboree (mostly because I rarely go to the Magic Kingdom, I spend most of my time at Epcot and Animal Kingdom).
                  At least the Country Bears live on in You Tube.

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                  • #10
                    This upcoming September 9th will be the 17th anniversary of the Country Bear Playhouse's demise. No offense, but the Winnie the Pooh ride should have been placed where the Skyway Chalet was or where the Motorboat Cruise was.

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                    • #11
                      I miss the Vacation Hoedown. Feel fortunate I could see the original version in WDW this year.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HiddenMickey87 View Post
                        I miss the Vacation Hoedown. Feel fortunate I could see the original version in WDW this year.
                        The Vacation Hoedown is the only version of the Country Bears I never saw. I might have seen the original version back in 1985 or so.

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                        • #13
                          17 years ago Disneyland retired the Country Bear Playhouse to make room for Winnie the Pooh. I'm pretty sure it was a bad deal for us Disneyland fans.

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                          • #14
                            I will be in Tokyo Disneyland in about a week (first time!) and I cannot WAIT to see the Country Bears again!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tensixmom View Post
                              I will be in Tokyo Disneyland in about a week (first time!) and I cannot WAIT to see the Country Bears again!
                              I think Tokyo Disneyland is the only theme park where you have Country Bears Christmas Special, Haunted Mansion Holiday, and It's a Small World Holiday. Think of what might have been at Disneyland if the Country Bears were still around.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by DLHMFAN View Post
                                17 years ago Disneyland retired the Country Bear Playhouse to make room for Winnie the Pooh. I'm pretty sure it was a bad deal for us Disneyland fans.
                                Part of the shame is that we got a watered down version of the Winnie the Pooh ride. Magic Kingdom's version in Florida is much better, with more to see, and better effects. If we got that version, it would be less of a loss here.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by sbk1234 View Post

                                  Part of the shame is that we got a watered down version of the Winnie the Pooh ride. Magic Kingdom's version in Florida is much better, with more to see, and better effects. If we got that version, it would be less of a loss here.
                                  I think the Walt Disney World version had Paul Winchell doing the voice of Tigger for the ride. No offense to Jim Cummings, Paul Winchell is Tigger.

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                                  • #18
                                    As much as I enjoy the treats in that shop next to Winnie the Pooh, I wish they'd put the Mile Long Bar back in there with some modern food updates. It'd be a nice nod, and Disney can still make their money off their food as they would merchandise. If we're honest, aside from the stuff being more Pooh-themed, a lot of it as is, is no different than what you can find elsewhere. I'd still love for the Bears to come back, but the Mile Long Bar would be a start.

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                                    • #19
                                      If the Country Bears were still around, they would have been converting to the Christmas Special version around this time.

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                                      • #20
                                        The Country Bears are truly missed and to be replaced by cardboard cut outs is unforgivable.

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