**Update: Good news for fans, Disney has confirmed that Country Bear Jamboree will not be closing!**
If you are unfamiliar with what is known as "the wildest show in the wilderness," you are in for a treat on your next Disney trip - if it's still open. Located in the Frontierland section of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom sits the beloved Country Bear Jamboree.
The attraction is a stage show with animatronic bears who perform hilarious country music. Country Bear Jamboree is one of the handful of attractions that has been operating since Magic Kingdom's opening date, October 1, 1971. Unfortunately, it has been rumored that the Jamboree's closure is imminent, and it might close just before its 50th birthday in 2021.
I wish I could say this was only a rumor, but there's been a lot of heavy speculation that at this year's rapidly approaching D23 Expo, the closure of the Jamboree will be confirmed, and this is a bigger problem than it seems.
For those unaware, at the 2017 D23 Expo, it was announced that both the Universe of Energy pavilion in Epcot, which included Ellen's Energy Adventure, and the adored Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios were to be closed, and they would shut their doors 30 days after the announcement, leaving fans of the attractions barely any time to say goodbye. We might be dealing with a similar scenario here with Country Bear Jamboree.
It is said that the Jamboree will be replaced with yet another Toy Story attraction: a marionette-type show that depicts the Woody's Roundup television show, which we saw parts of in the Toy Story 2 movie.
Why Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences, and Products, thinks that Disney World would need yet another Toy Story attraction is beyond me. Not only does Disney have an entire land dedicated to the Toy Story franchise, located in Hollywood Studios, they also have Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, located in the Tomorrowland section of Magic Kingdom, not even a five-minute walk away from Country Bear Jamboree.
And listen, I love Toy Story, it's one of my favorite movie series, but why do we have to sacrifice the Jamboree for a whole new Toy Story attraction?
I could go on forever about the future of the Walt Disney World parks, and how scared I am of Bob Chapek's next decisions, but in the end, the reality of the situation is that things are going to change, and that's life. But the Country Bear Jamboree is a staple in Frontierland, it was one of the last projects Walt worked on before he passed, it's just such a fun show to watch when your feet hurt from walking around all day, and if it is eradicated from the parks, there are going to be a lot of broken hearts.
I highly recommend you visit savethejamboree.com and leave your opinion on the matter, too, because there is a small chance we can change their minds.
Let's just hope this is all one big rumor, and that Disney is going to keep the Jamboree for as long as possible, because not only Frontierland but Magic Kingdom itself, will never be the same without it.