Disney Reportedly Closing Country Bear Jamboree For Toy Story Marionette Show: Fans Oppose
There is an old saying, "the constant thing in this world is change," and it is what exactly happening at Walt Disney World always. The entertainment complex has been through a lot of changes, from its looks to attractions. And the latest thing that may be altered is the Country Bear Jamboree.
The Country Bear Jamboree has been at Walt Disney World since its opening day. It may even be hard to imagine the park without the attraction, along with the Haunted Mansion and It's a Small World.
WDW News Today first reported the rumor that there was a decision to close Country Bear Jamboree, and it would be "imminent." A follow-up report from Disney and More blog, on the other hand, claimed the closure had been internally discussed at Disney Parks and Resorts, but it hasn't been decided yet. Some even opposed the idea.
If Country Bear Jamboree closes, there are reports that a Toy Story marionette show will replace it. The new attraction will feature animatronic and not actual marionettes with the theme of the fictional puppet show, Woody's Round-Up, from Toy Story 2. Here, Woody, Jesse, and Bullseye were the performers.
If it happens, Woody's Round-Up will be another Toy Story attraction to Walt Disney World outside the Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney executive Bob Chapek, who oversees the parks, earlier revealed he wanted to add more "modern intellectual property" in the complex to attract more visitors, per Slash Film.
However, longtime Disney park goers never like the idea of closing the Country Bear Jamboree. Thus, they are opposing it. Aside from being an opening day attraction at the park, there was an emotional attachment to this feature.
The Country Bear Jamboree was the last attraction that Walt Disney himself approved to be built before he died in 1966. Any attraction that the Disney founder oversaw himself put another layer of "sentimental nostalgia" to it.
The close of the Country Bear Jamboree and the building of the more modern Toy Story marionette show is a clear manifestation of the parks' battle to modernity. The company seems to sacrifice one of its historical attractions to give way to a much-advanced one.
Although it can't be denied that Disney is still running a business and Walt Disney World has to evolve to entice more guests, it has been unintentionally shattering memories. The Country Bear Jamboree is not the only attraction that suffers closure to give way to another attraction.
The Great Movie Ride and T2 are now gone. A Bug's Land at California Adventure Park is also already closed for the construction of the new Marvel-themed Land.