One of my favorite old time attractions at the Magic Kingdom is The Country Bear Jamboree. This, to me, is the epitome of what Walt Disney had in mind for an attraction. Something that both young and old can appreciate and cramming as much animatronics as possible into one show and making it work and appear seamless.
As I mentioned I really like this attraction and on this last trip there were a lot of changes since my last visit. Nothing major, but for a Disney Nerd such as myself, enough to have me re-examining the entire show. That usually is my go to answer when I get asked the question that I'm sure you get all the time, "How do you go back to the same parks and do the same rides all the time?" They're always changing them up. However, that will be a later post, we have a more serious question today, that needs an answer.
The crime scene was spotted as we were walking through Frontierland. As you approach the Country Bear Jamboree (CBJ) building you notice the colorful sign announcing the attraction and as you let your eyes wander up you note a beautiful rack of antlers on the second floor balcony. As your eyes pan back, you are affronted with what could only be described as terribly grizzly scene...to either side of the bone white antlers, splayed out and nailed to the outside of that building, where two full-sized, adult, brown bear skins.
Once you get over the horror of the barbearitty of this kind of display, you start asking the questions. What is up with that? Did those bears lose a fight? Ex-band members? What in the storyline of the attraction could account for that kind of taste in outdoor décor?
We interviewed the usual suspects, the CBJ cast members with no luck. Most were un-committal but one did give us the brush off as in saying, "Don't dig too deep, you won't like what you find." Or it was just that he was busy parking baby strollers. And as far as getting information from Melvin, Buff, and Max, well, they just kept repeating themselves no matter how many times we came back to talk to them.
So here is the mystery to solve. Was there fowl play involved? (all chickens refused comment) Are those Bear skins a warning to a Pirate band of Bears out there somewhere? Or was that something that bear fans of the Country Bears put into their wills for after they're dead? Kinda like the whole sprinkling your ashes over WDW when super-fans die? I'll continue my research, but what do you think? Comment below and let me know. I really want to hear your thoughts on this.