Critter Country Country Bear

Fun Facts

Permanent hybernation on Sept 9, 2001


  1. Has a cast of more than 20 Audio-Animatronics bears.
  2. The little bear named Oscar on the right corner of the stage is wearing a Boy Scout uniform donated by a troop of visiting scouts.
  3. The interiors of the two theatres for the Country Bear Jamboree are almost identical. Melvin the Moose has a boot on his head in each theatre. If you look closely one is a right boot, the other a left boot. The stickers on Wendell's (On the Road Again) suitcase are of different tourist cities in each theatre. Sometimes a sneaky cast member will stick one of Delore's tentacles down Terrance's swim suit. If you listen very carefully one of the bears says, "I'm going back to sleep" as the curtains close. The Bear Band concept was originally developed for the Mineral King Ski Resort. The original voice of Teddi Barra was none other than Betty Taylor, who performed in The Golden Horshoe Revue as Slue Foot Sue.
    REPORTED: fanarc 12 SEP 97
    CONFIRMED: Ed Johnston 01 SEP 98 Big Al
  4. If you look at the center of the curatins around the stage, you'll see a picture of Ursus H. Bear, the "founder" of the Bear Country Jamboree.
    REPORTED: Becky Richards 06 SEP 00
  5. True, a bear says "I'm going back to sleep now", but, from backstage you can also hear Big Al say "I bet that ol' skunk took my knife".
    REPORTED: Ed Johnston 01 SEP 98
  6. When Wendall tells the audience to say cheese, listen in the back of the theater, you can hear Rufus mumble "Cheese".
    REPORTED: Glasses Crow 03 DEC 97
    Rufus the snoring bear that used to sleep above the walkway which is now Splash Mountain isn't on vacation. He is now the 'stage director' for the Country Bear Jamboree. You can hear him walking about behind you and groaning whenever he has to pull the curtain or change the lighting at Henry's request.
    REPORTED: theErlking 31 AUG 98
    Before Splash Mountain and Critter Country, it was called Bear Country in honor of the Bear Country Jamboree. There was little to do as an adult in Bear Country other than going to the arcade or watching the animatronic musical. One neat thing was there was a cave high up on a hill covered in ivy and there was a sign saying "Sleeping Bear - Quiet!" There was a sound track with nothing but loud snoring and a few yawns and grunts. Funny as it was, that was probably the quietest part in the park as guest would not want to wake up the bear.
    BACKGROUND: Steven M. Saito 04 JAN 00
  7. Not all of the bears in the Country Bear Playhouse are from the wild wilderness of the West. According to posters in the lobby and the original Country Bear Jamboree show, Trixie is from Tampa, FL (she's haled as the Tampa Temptation in a poster in the lobby); the Sun Bonnets, Bunny, Bubbles and Beulah, are from Florida as well (called by Henry in the original show the "Sun Bonnets from the Sunshine State"); and most interesting is Teddi Beara who hales from the Dakotas (Henry labels her "the dimpled darling of the Dakotas in the original show).
    REPORTED: Rod Trett 17 DEC 96
  8. Look behind you as you pass through the turnstyles into the Country Bear Playhouse. There is a little red counter that shows how much time is left until the next show. No big deal, but it's kind of neat.
    REPORTED: Michael 25 NOV 96
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 25 JAN 97
  9. The 3 stuffed animals on the wall in The Country Bear Playhouse are named:
    1. Max, the 8 point deer,
    2. Buff, the buffalo, and
    3. Melvin, only part moose.

    REPORTED: Eric B 04 APR 96
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 13 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: Stacy Hartman 08 APR 97
  10. The voice of Buff in the Country Bear Show is Thurl Ravenscroft. The same Thurl Ravenscroft who is: 1) The broken bust singing the lead in "Grim Grinnin' Ghosts" in the Haunted Mansion, 2) The voice of Tony the Tiger, and 3) The voice in the song "You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch" (not the voice of the Grinch).
    REPORTED: Don Duwelius 21 JAN 97
    For more information see Thurl Ravenscroft's life's work
    CONFIRMED: Brian Jacob 26 JUL 98
  11. The three girl bears that sing in together in the Country Bear Playhouse are named:
    1. Bunny,
    2. Bubbles, and
    3. Buela.

    REPORTED: Eric B 04 APR 96
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 13 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: Stacy Hartman 08 APR 97
  12. During the Vacation Jamboree show at the Playhouse, when Wendel is showing his slides, he takes a picture of the audience at the end which shows them all as bears. One of the cubs is wearing Mickey Mouse ears near the front row.
    REPORTED: Michael 25 NOV 96
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 13 JAN 97
  13. One of the moose or elk on wall has its antlers on backwards.
    REPORTED: Eric 12 JAN 97
  14. In the show, there is a little bear, wearing a Scouting uniform. A youngster, who happened to be a Cub Scout noted that they were using the wrong color for the bandana, and not only brought this to their attention, he donated his own to the attraction, and it is still in use on the first theater.
    REPORTED: Benjamin Rockwell 15 JAN 97
  15. There is a snowbear with a head in the shape of Winnie the Pooh in the pictures hanging up on the wall in the Waiting Area!
    REPORTED: Chris Wade 17 JAN 97
    The hidden "pooh" also shows up in the Holiday "Country Bear Christmas Special." The picture IS in the lobby, and the actual snow man/bear that looks like Pooh shows up during the Christmas show. If you look carefully, you will notice that all the bears have a different design to them, with thinner heads and pointier (more bear like) snouts, whereas Pooh has a rounder head and a shorter snout. The "snowbear" on stage with the "Five Bear Rugs" is definately Pooh, and not just the bear's snow rendition of themselves!
    CONFIRMED: BobG 20 DEC 99
  16. There is a 2nd theatre at the Country Bear Playhouse. It was built to handle large crowds.
    REPORTED: devin smith 09 JUN 97
    There is a second theatre in the Country Bear Jamboree in Disneyland. It was built because the Imagineers expected large crowds, like the one in WDW has. However, for some reason, the DL one has never been as popular, so the second theatre was rarely ever used.
    CONFIRMED: oLaF, KiNg oF ThE SweDeS 09 NOV 98
  17. The bear who snored in Bear Country was none other than the Country Bears' Rufus (the bear who runs the projector). Although the snore is gone, the bear is not. Just wanted to let any of his fans know that he's still around.
    REPORTED: Belle 05 JUL 98
  18. In the finale of the "Bear Country Vacation Hoedown", immediately after the bears sing the line "thank god I'm a country bear", the skunk is heard to say in a soft voice "and skunk!"
    REPORTED: Cassie and Trevor Smith 24 OCT 98
  19. In the Christmas Special, there is a snowbear with a head in the shape of Winnie the Pooh
    REPORTED: Chris Wade 17 JAN 97
    The hidden "pooh" also shows up in the Holiday "Country Bear Christmas Special." The picture IS in the lobby, and the actual snow man/bear that looks like Pooh shows up during the Christmas show. If you look carefully, you will notice that all the bears have a different design to them, with thinner heads and pointier (more bear like) snouts, whereas Pooh has a rounder head and a shorter snout. The "snowbear" on stage with the "Five Bear Rugs" is definately Pooh, and not just the bear's snow rendition of themselves!
    CONFIRMED: BobG 20 DEC 99
  20. This is pretty cool, or at least I thought so. One time on the Country Bear Jamboree my brother was getting up at the ens and put his hand on the row in front of him like all the "grown-ups" were, but couldn't reach it and fell foreward and busted his lip open and was bleeding pretty bad. There was a cast member who saw him and got a wheel chair and carted him and the rest of my group with him. Knowing the pain he was going theu my mom tried to get his attention on the scenery, but the castmember kept on saying "No, no. Don't look this is Never Never Land." He remembers the dwarfs smoking with their heads off (this is no linger possible since they have to have their heads on whenever they oar otside.) Anyway he wasn't hurt too bad and the last time I was on the attraction I noticed something... The seats are a little closer, and there is now padding on the tops of the seat backs, all thanks to my brother. Of course I don't remember this too well becouse I was no older than 5 years old when it happened.
    REPORTED: Kevin Flynn 24 MAR 02


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