The singing animatronic bears of this opening day attraction continue to delight guests nearly a half-century later. Country music pervades the building during the continuously-running shows. Country Bear Jamboree is a great place to relax and enjoy a show.
Opening Day: October 1, 1971
Type of Ride: Show
Age Recommendation: All ages
Duration of Ride: 11 minutes
Typical Queue Time: Short; typically less than 10 minutes, when the next show starts
Single Rider Line: No
Chicken Exit Available: No
Baby Swap Available: No
Type of Vehicle: None. Guests sit on benches, and guests can remain in their wheelchairs and ECVs
Type of Restraint: None
Attraction Open During EMH: Yes; evening. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.
Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No
Height Requirements: None
Flash Photography or Video Allowed: No
Park Map of Magic Kingdom:
Other Rides/Attractions In the Area:
This attraction is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland.
Shopping: Frontier Trading Post sells old west-themed attire, including cowboy hats and sheriff badges, as well as pins and Vinylmation
Restroom: Nearby restrooms are located at the Frontierland borders with Adventureland and Liberty Square, respectively
Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Disney parks are smoke free.
Did you know?
- Country Bear Jamboree takes place in “Grizzly Hall.”
- Country Bear Jamboree is one of 14 attractions remaining in some form from the Magic Kingdom’s opening day, October 1, 1971. The others are “Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel” (now Prince Charming Regal Carrousel), “Dumbo the Flying Elephant,” “Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade,” “Hall of Presidents,” “Haunted Mansion,” It’s a Small World, “Jungle Cruise,” “Mad Tea Party,” “Peter Pan’s Flight,” “Swiss Family Treehouse,” “Tropical Serenade” (now Enchanted Tiki Room), “Grand Prix Raceway” (now Tomorrowland Speedway), and “Walt Disney World Railroad.”
- 24 animatronic animals are featured in Country Bear Jamboree.
- During a 2012 refurb, Country Bear Jamboree was shortened from 16 minutes to 11 minutes, and two songs, “Fractured Folk Song” and “Pretty Little Devilish Mary,” were cut.
- Country Bear Jamboree was one of the last theme park attractions afforded Walt Disney’s personal touch, though he did not intend it to be a theme park attraction. The concept was originally planned as an entertainment option for Mineral King, an aborted California ski resort project considered by Disney in the early 1960s.
- The original version of Country Bear Jamboree was preempted by a new version of the show, “Country Bear Vacation Hoedown,” from 1986-1992.
- Country Bear Jamboree was the first attraction to debut at the Magic Kingdom before it premiered at Disneyland. Country Bear Jamboree operated in California from March 1972 through September 2001, when it was replaced by “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” From 1986 until its closing, the Disneyland version of Country Bear Jamboree permanently changed to the Hoedown version and was called “Country Bear Playhouse.”
- From 1984 through 2005, a special holiday version of Country Bear Jamboree, “Country Bear Christmas,” was featured.
- In 2002, Disney released a movie based on Country Bear Jamboree, The Country Bears.
A Hidden Mickey can be found atop a bear portrait above the stage.
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Top 5 Tips for Country Bear Jamboree
- Take in the details of the theater.
- This show is a must-see for Disney history buffs.
- Enjoy the show during the afternoon, when the air conditioning will likely be appreciated.
- Do not expect a politically correct show.