Ten things you MAY not have known about the Country Bear Jamboree:
1. This attraction was an "E-Ticket" attraction under the old disneyland ticket system.
2. You can still see the Country Bears perform at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.
3. Wonder Bread replaced Pepsi Cola as the sponsor in 1975. However, Henry the bear continued to announce, “... enjoy the show, cause we got a lot to give!”, which was originally a reference to Pepsi Cola’s 1969-1973 slogan, “You’ve go a lot to live, Pepsi’s got a lot to give!” Frito Lay was also briefly a sponsor.
4. This show opened in 1971 as one of the original attractions in Walt Disney World, although it was originally planned for a ski resort which was never built by Disney.
5. During its planning stages, the Imagineers toyed with a variety of musical types, including Dixieland, "hillbilly,"and finally, country. In fact, the songs were written first, and then the Imagineers developed the bears to match them!
6. A curtain opens to reveal each bear for their respective song(s), except for: Wendell (rises from the stage) Teddi Barra (descends from the ceiling) Gomer (ascends from the stage) The Sun Bonnets (ascend from the stage).
7. One bear is never seen: Rufus. Rufus runs the projections and lights, and can not be seen in the show (although sounds of him backstage can be heard from time to time).
8. The Audio Animatronic structure used for Big Al was reused to make up the structure of the Oogie Boogie Audio Animatronic in the Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction at Disneyland.
9. The three talking animals on the wall of the Country Bear Jamboree are Melvin the Moose, Buff the Buffalo, and Max the Deer. In the Disneyland version of the Jamboree, held in the Country Bear Playhouse, the heads were in opposite locations. Max, Buff and Melvin can still be seen hidden in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
10. There were 18 bears that performed in the show.