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Aug 16, 2018
  • Recorded 8/8/18
  • Remember the Magic - The Country Bear Jamboree
  • History
    • December 1965, Walt Disney was pressing forward with Mineral King, a ski resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains
    • As part of the evening entertainment, an animatronic show was being developed
    • The project was assigned to Marc Davis
      • One day Davis was working on drawings of the characters in his office. Walt Disney walked in and saw the drawings and laughed because he loved the characters. On Disney's way out he turned to Marc Davis and said good-bye, which he was known never to say. That was the last time Davis saw Disney, who died a few days later.
    • With ski resort progress slow, the show was refined and designed to be a unique attraction at the then still being planned Walt Disney World Resort
    • Frontierland would receive a much needed marquee attraction
    • A 15 minute dance hall style show was designed
    • Imagineer X Atencio (Yo-Ho & Grim Grinning Ghosts) and musical director George Bruns created songs for the bears to sing
    • 24 animatronic figures were built, plus another three for outside the theater
    • The show opened on October 1, 1971 and was a huge draw in an otherwise sparsely populated corner of the park
      • Shootin’ Arcade, Tom Sawyer Island, WDW Railroad
    • Shares a building with the Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Theater exits into the “Mile Long Bar’ instead of a gift shop, where three stars from the show would hold their own mini show
    • Pepsi and Frito Lay were the original sponsors from 1971 - 1981 (Pepsi was available at Pecos Bill’s until 1990)
    • It closed in August 2012 for a refurb; when it reopened in October 2012, it was shortened by 4 1/2 minutes.
      • Introduction was shortened, and some dialogue throughout the show was cut, along with two songs: "Pretty Little Devilish Mary" and "Fractured Folk Song"
    • In the MLB, Max, Melvin, and Buff animatronics were hanging and would talk and sing to the guests as they left the theater
    • From May 1986 through February 1992, the show was replaced by the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown
    • November 1984, the Country Bear Christmas Special was introduced for the holiday season and ran every year through 2005
      • Took 4-6 days to install and remove
      • Was the first attraction to change for the holidays
    • There was a CBJ in Disneyland From 1972-2001 (replaced by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
      • It was the first WDW attraction to be replicated at Disneyland
      • Because of the popularity of the show in Florida, two theaters were built at Disneyland
      • From 1986-2001, it was the CBVH
    • Tokyo Disneyland’s opened with the park and still operates. It’s the same as WDW’s version, except the animatronics are more modern and look more real, and like at Disneyland, was built with two theaters
      • Tokyo still has all three versions of the show at different times of the year
  • Attraction
    • Bears (18): Henry, Liver Lips McGrowl, Wendell, Teddi Berra, Ernest, Terrence, Trixie, Big Al, Sun Bonnet Trio (Bunny, Bubbles, Beulah), Gomer, The Five Bear Rugs (Zeke, Zeb, Ted, Fred, Tennessee), Baby Oscar
    • Show
      • The show is basically a continuous string of short country songs sung by the various bears. As each bear sings their song, a curtain opens to reveal them, except in the case of Wendell, Gomer, and the Sun Bonnet Trio (all of whom rise from the center stage), and Teddi Barra (who descends from the ceiling).
      • The show begins with Max, Buff, and Melvin telling Henry to get on with the show. Henry then asks Gomer to give him a "little intro", and the jamboree begins.
    • Songs
      • Current Disney World version:
      • "Pianjo" (Don Robertson) – Gomer and Henry
      • "Bear Band Serenade" (Lyrics: Xavier Atencio, Music: George Bruns) – The Five Bear Rugs, Gomer, and Henry
      • "If You Can't Bite, Don't Growl" (Tommy Collins) – Ernest and the Five Bear Rugs
      • "My Woman Ain't Pretty (But She Don't Swear None)" (Frankie Starr & Paul E. Miller) – Liver Lips McGrowl
      • "Mama, Don't Whip Little Buford" (Burns & Haynes) – Henry and Wendell
      • "Tears Will Be the Chaser For Your Wine" (Dale Davis & Leroy Goates) – Trixie
      • "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone" (Buck Owens) – Terrence
      • "All the Guys That Turn Me On Turn Me Down" (Plott & Powell) – The Sun Bonnet Trio
      • "Heart, We Did All That We Could" (Ned Miller) – Teddi Barra
      • "Blood on the Saddle" (Everett Cheetham) – Big Al
      • "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" (Tom Blackburn and George Bruns) – Henry and Sammy
      • "Ole Slew Foot" (Howard Hausey) – Cast (minus Ernest and Trixie, who do not appear onstage, and Big Al, who reprises "Blood on the Saddle")
      • "Come Again" (Tom Adair & George Bruns) – Henry, Sammy, Max, Buff, and Melvin
  • Country Bear Vacation Hoedown
    • Show
      • This special variation of the classic show features the Country Bears celebrating the many joys of summer and the great outdoors. Its opening is different from the other shows because Max, Buff, and Melvin do not talk at the beginning Instead, the five Bear Rugs can be heard tuning up their instruments. Zeke calls for Rufus to turn on the lights, and then the show begins with "The Great Outdoors". In the Japanese version however, instead of hearing the five Bear Rugs tune up, Max, Buff & Melvin continue the trend of having the first bit of dialogue (although it's in Japanese)
    • Songs
      • "The Great Outdoors" - The 5 Bear Rugs and Henry
      • "Life's No Picnic Without You" - Trixie
      • "On the Road Again" - Wendell
      • "We Can Make It To the Top" - Liver Lips McGrowl
      • "California Bears" - The Sun Bonnets, Gomer, Max, Buff, and Melvin
      • "Two Different Worlds" - Terrence the Shaker (with Dolores the octopus)
      • "Rocky Top" - The 5 Bear Rugs
      • "Nature" - Ernest the Dude
      • "Singin' In the Rain" - Teddi Barra and Henry
      • "Ghost Riders In the Sky" - The 5 Bear Rugs
      • "On My Way To Your Heart" - Big Al
      • "Thank God I'm a Country Bear" - Cast
  • Christmas Show:
    • Show
      • The show includes many different traditional Christmas carols, more modern songs, along with some original Christmas "bear-ols" all sung by the bears in a country twang. The show begins as always with Melvin, Buff, and Max. As the three argued over who gets to sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", Henry appears onstage and starts the show.
    • Songs
      • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Melvin
      • "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - Henry and Gomer
      • "Tracks in the Snow" - The 5 Bear Rugs and Henry
      • "12 Days of Christmas (Oh What a Christmas)" - Wendell
      • "The Hibernating Blues" - Trixie
      • "Deck the Halls" - The 5 Bear Rugs
      • "Rock and Roll Santa" - Liver Lips McGrowl and Gomer
      • "Blue Christmas" - Terrence (with his penguin)
      • "Sleigh Ride" - The Sun Bonnets, Melvin, Buff, and Max
      • "Hungry as a Bear" - Ernest and The 5 Bear Rugs
      • "The Christmas Song" - Henry and Teddi Barra
      • "Another New Year" - Big Al
      • "Let It Snow/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Winter Wonderland" - Cast
Aug 9, 2018
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 16, 2018
Jul 1, 2018
Jun 11, 2018
May 25, 2018
May 20, 2018
  • Recorded 5/16/18
  • Glenn’s Disney trip planning
    • FastPass+ Reservations
    • Was it better before FP, in the olden days?
  • ParkLeap update
    • Updates coming
    • Chris needs more feedback about the app to help continue to make it even better
  • Disney News and Chris’ Disney Adventures
  • Chris: Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet https://amzn.to/2rVSDO5
  • Chris’ tip: Notifications on iPhone - setting by app
May 3, 2018
Apr 21, 2018
  • Recorded 4/18/18
  • ParkLeap
  • News
    • FastPass+ for Toy Story Land Opens to Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests
    • All-New Play Disney Parks App Coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort This Summer
    • Funko Dorbz Ridez Series Released at Disney Parks
    • Merchandise for 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    • New Starbucks ‘You Are Here’ Adventureland Mug Released at Disneyland
    • First Disney Skyliner tower now in place at Epcot
    • Crossroads Shopping Center by Disney World to Close for I-4 Right of Way
  • Rumors
    • New Monorail Fleet Has Been Ordered For Walt Disney World
    • Walt Disney World Bus Wait Times Coming to My Disney Experience App
    • Universal acquires more property for expansion
  • Picks of the Week
Apr 7, 2018
Mar 28, 2018
Mar 10, 2018
  • Recorded 3/7/18
  • We’re back!
    • Catchup discussion
  • Disney News
    • McDonald's reunites with Disney on Happy Meals after more than a decade apart
    • Explore 11 Areas in the Disney Parks with Google Maps Street View
    • Opening of Toy Story Land on June 30, 2018
    • Wait Times
  • Trip Report - Glenn’s trip to WDW
    • Where did Glenn stay?
    • What you miss out on by not staying on property
    • Animal Kingdom discussion
    • Daily schedule; no relaxing
    • Epcot International Festival of the Arts
      • Disney on Broadway
      • Lunch at the Garden Grill restaurant
    • Souvenirs
      • Autographs: to personalize or not?
    • Highlights and lowlights
  • Chris booked DCL vacation
    • Excitement of an upcoming vacation
    • Need to do a trip to LA/Disneyland with both families
    • Walt Disney Family Museum trip?
Feb 2, 2018
  • Recorded - 1/31/18
  • Minnie Van service
    • Expands to two new resorts
    • Offers rides for Disney Resort Club Level guests to airport for $150
  • Atlanta Braves are leaving WWOS after 2019 Spring Training
  • Rumors - http://www.wdwinfo.com/walt-disney-world/disney-rumor-round-up-january-2018/
    • Talking Mickey will be replaced with non-talking Mickey at Town Square Theater
    • MNSSHP will start on August 24
    • Tomorrowland will receive updates for WDW’s 50th celebration
    • Site clearing for a Brazil pavilion will start this year and open in 2022
    • The UK pavilion will get a Mary Poppins attraction and open in 2021
    • Major remodel of Future World will be pushed back with a finish date in 2022
    • Change in entrance for Toy Story Mania
    • Skyliner will be open in 2019
    • Disney is meeting with companies to discuss building new monorail trains (thank goodness!)
    • Rename of Disney Hollywood Studios to Cinemagine
  • Festival of the Arts
  • Glenn’s upcoming trip to WDW
    • What planning is done for the trip?
  • Picks of the week
Jan 11, 2018
  • Recorded 1/9/18
  • Disney Conversation
    • Disney/Fox merger
    • Star Wars The Last Jedi
  • Disney News
    • Attraction closings
      • Circle of Life in the Land pavilion
      • Stitch’s Great Escape — but maybe not…
    • Epcot International Festival of the Arts starts this weekend
    • New restaurants opening at Disney Springs
      • Pizza Ponte, The Edison, Maria & Enzo's, and Enzo's Hideaway
    • Annual Passholder dining discount drops to 10% for 2018, but it’s expanding to all Walt Disney run table service restaurant
    • RUMOR: Club Level Walt Disney World Guests will be able to buy three additional FastPasses
    • Temporary store to open during a major update to World of Disney at Disney Springs
    • Door on Monorail Red opens during trip from TTC to Epcot
    • Pixar’s Coco
  • Remember the Magic
    • EPCOT Center logos
  • Picks of the week
Dec 3, 2017
  • Recorded November 29, 2017
  • News
    • Hall of Presidents will open before Christmas
      • Chris watched The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History during his trip over the weekend
    • Avengers Infinity War trailer was released
      • Why does DC stink so bad at their comic book movies (excluding Wonder Woman, of course)
    • Star Wars VIII is released in just over two weeks; we both have tickets for the first weekend
    • Other news bits: Bob Iger will run for President, and Bob Chapek will take over as CEO
  • Chris’ Disney Adventures
    • MK TTC Overpass construction
    • MVMCP ranting
    • Christmas Eve tradition for Chris
    • Other Christmas decorations at WDW
    • Osbourne lights
  • Remember the Magic
    • Main Street, U.S.A. - History and differences between the Disney Castle parks
  • Tip: BACKUP YOUR COMPUTERS and have redundant and offsite backups!!!
  • Picks of the Week
Nov 10, 2017
Oct 21, 2017
  • Recorded on 10/17/17
  • Changing the name of the podcast to Starport75
  • Disney News
    • New Dog Policy at four WDW resorts
    • Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer and name for the Han Solo Movie
    • BaseLine Tap House and Grand Avenue open at DHS
    • Filming schedule for the upcoming ABC Holiday Specials at WDW
    • 2017 Candlelight Processional narrator line-up now complete
  • Chris’ Adventures at Disney
    • Chris visited Epcot on 10/17 for Food and Wine
  • Remember the Magic
    • Proposed and canceled River Ride in Germany
  • Disney Tips
    • Buy cheap ponchos before a trip to WDW
  • Pick of the week
Oct 1, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
Sep 6, 2017
  • Recorded 8/30/17
  • We’re old, but mentally young
  • Wanting to go to other Disney Parks around the world
  • California Adventure - old version vs new version
    • Superstar Limo
    • No weenie
  • Disneyland vs. WDW
  • Would like to visit other parks around the world
  • What one Disney movie would you save if they were all going to be erased?
  • Rename of Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party started on 8/25
    • Hocus Pocus merchandise is gone
  • Flamingo Crossings will finally be built out in 2018
  • Development behind the MK
  • Will the parks be crowded for Labor Day weekend?
  • Chris will do the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom next time he goes there and will report back
  • Picks of the week:
  • Hurricane Harvey help: [Donate to the Red Cross](https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation)
Aug 18, 2017
Aug 4, 2017
  • All Star Music Resort
  • Went to WDW parks 7 days; KSC one day
  • KSC - Great attraction, made greater with the Atlantis exhibit
  • Became an Annual Passholder (again)
  • Tried some new things: mobile ordering for food, new bag check at MK, Pandora at AK and Na'vi River Journey, Frozen Ride, Be Our Guest
  • Experienced new attractions with kids: Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Expedition Everest, Jungle Cruise
  • Said goodbye to the Great Movie Ride and Universe of Energy
  • Disney Transportation
  • Disney Springs
Jul 21, 2017
Jul 6, 2017
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