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Vintage Walt Disney World: ‘Bearing’ The Summer Heat

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

Back in 1986, the Country Bears from the Country Bear Jamboree in Magic Kingdom Park invited guests to “forget your cares an’ join us bears in the great outdoors” when “The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown” version of the show debuted, temporarily replacing the original show.
Vintage Walt Disney World: 'Bearing' The Summer Heat
This summer-themed show featured Shaker going to the beach and winding up in an entanglement with his octopus friend, Delores, while Wendell’s vacation slideshow drove Max, Buff and Melvin up a wall.

Vintage Walt Disney World: 'Bearing' The Summer Heat Vintage Walt Disney World: 'Bearing' The Summer Heat

I never had the opportunity to attend Camp Grizzly, but it sure looks like it’d be a lot of fun. (Not to mention a cool vintage t-shirt idea).
Vintage Walt Disney World: 'Bearing' The Summer Heat
Although you can’t catch these bears on vacation nowadays, you can still catch them at “The Country Bear Jamboree” attraction in Frontierland. Just bear to the left right before you get to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.


  • Patti, it wasn’t the original at Disneyland. It first debuted at Magic Kingdom, then was duplicated here at Disneyland.

    I miss it dearly, myself.

  • I so miss the original Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland! Fortunately I made a trip to WDW in 2007 (need to go again!) and of course visiting this attraction was on the “must-do” list for my sister and I. I feel very fortunate to have been able to see it @D-land for many years before it was “retired”. LOVE it!

  • The Country Bear Vacation Jamboree still plays during the summer at the Country Bear Theater at Tokyo Disneyland

  • Oh no, not Wendell’s vacation slides again! I’m going back to sleep…

    • 🙂

  • “Welcome to the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown! Got out my old camp t-shirt. It still fits, kinda, and I’m rarin’ to go!” Love the Country Bears Jamboree. One of my favorite attractions as a child, and I’m happy to say my sons enjoy it now.

    • Glad to hear your kids love it too!

  • Speaking of the Country Bears Jamboree I must share this. My dad owned the soundtrack to the show. I was known to go around the house singing “Blood on the Saddle” and “Don’t Whoop Little Buford”. At our Church my dad, the choir director, got a group together and after weeks of rehearsing they put on the show. Dad copied the record onto a tape and played it through speakers on a flatbed truck we used. My grandpa even got into the act and played one of the lady bears. Its a favorite memory of mine and I just wanted to share it.

    • Cool memory. Thanks for sharing!

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