Well, I've been to that nostalgic part of Disney again. I miss the Bears.
I fondly remember seeing them at DL so many times before they were evicted by the Bear-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. I remember seeing them on their last show, and everyone was cheering, applauding, clapping along, and taking flash photos like nobody's business. I loved the location of this CBJ better than the one in Orlando, and it fits much more than the Pooh ride does.
People who now stand at the entrance of Pooh say "Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood!" while I think "You mean Grizzly Hall?" I've been on Pooh too many times just for Melvin, Buff, and Max. Some people say "Pooh is so much better than that bear show." but I know that that place had a better previous life. But then as said in a Wikipedia article of the Pooh ride:
"Imagineers chose to replace the Country Bear Jamboree with Pooh due to its lack of popularity, which would require major excavation for space and leveling for the ride. When news of the former attraction's demise broke, many fans were once more upset at the loss of another classic attraction and again sought to change the park managers' minds. However, then-managers Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harris, both unpopular with Disneyland enthusiasts, ignored this and continued."
This excerpt just makes me sick to my stomach. This attraction had a close place to Walt's heart, with Marc Davis regarding the show as being Walt's last good laugh before his untimely death. I miss this attraction greatly, and I hope to see it live a good long life wherever it is.
But not all hope is lost. What if the CBJ would set up shop in the Grizzly Peak Recreation Area in DCA? What if the Bears COULD return? I just want to experince this great Disneyland/WDW classic again here in California.
Anyone else have great memories or thoughts on the Bears?