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Disneyland's Road Race to Nowhere

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by , 08-01-2009 at 07:11 AM
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"[SIZE=4]The Happiest Place on Earth" had a bit of a glaring problem. At least it was obvious to the suits watching the park and its traffic patterns. Marc Davis' sweet but amusing [I]Country Bear Jamboree [/I]seemed to have run its course with park visitors. Numbers continued to decline.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]The attraction occupied a big and beautiful wooded piece of real estate at Disneyland, just around the bend from the [I]Haunted Mansion[/I]. It wasn't front and center as in the case of the attraction's location at Walt Disney World's Frontierland, but it was still a substantial chunk of the very small original kingdom. What to do?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=4]The Imagineers with a soft spot for the attraction began coming up with some new concepts to save the Hillbilly bruins. Among the considerations were a small flume type attraction and a silly roadrace. Ultimately, even the terrific "[I]Critter Country 500[/I]" with its rending by Christopher Merritt, couldn't save the bears from a quick and out of place swap out with another little cub. The singing bears were now only to be found in Tokyo Disneyland and at Florida's Magic Kingdom. Oh, Pooh![/SIZE]
[SIZE=3](Concept art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)[/SIZE]
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  1. SusieP.'s Avatar
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    Poor bears. I miss them. CBJ was my #1 must-do when we went to WDW in June.
  2. mark's Avatar
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    Me, too- and I loved seeing them again.
  3. mark's Avatar
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    I forget where, but there's another CBJ post on my Insights blog, too. You can search it if you're interested.