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Mar 24, 2014 10:33 AM  Disneyland Talk Land

Good morning! This day in Disneyland history, March 24th, 1956: The Astro Jets opened for business in Tomorrowland.  In 1972, the Country Bear Jamboree opened in Bear Country.

The Astro Jets opened just eight months after the parks grand opening.

color astro

astro jets
(notice the central rotating axis on top of the rotating base, spring 1962)

The ride replaced the Court of Flags otherwise know as the court of Honor; a formation of 48 flag poles flying the flag of every state of the United States.
below is a fabulous Rocket to the Moon shot, including the Court of Honor (and someone's cute grandmother). From opening year, 1955:

court of flags

There is a bit of mystery surrounding the actual opening date for this attraction. Astro Jets, which opened on April 2, 1956 (although the official Disney Company opening date is listed as March 24, 1956). ::scratches head:: confused yet? LOL Me too, but I'm going with Disneys opening date. ::shrug::

According the the Disney History Institute: For the opening ceremony, the publicity folks at Disneyland came up with the brilliant idea of inviting aviators from three branches of America's armed forces to participate--the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines Corps, and the U.S. Air Force. On hand also was the "Disneyland Air Force." (Pictured below) It was a great promotion that both honored those serving their country and heralded the opening of this new ride to Walt's magic kingdom.


astro jets

ride

A short clip of a full video available with membership on the Disney History Website:



The Astro-Jets closed in 1966, to be replaced the following year by the Rocket Jets, on July 3rd, (1967-1997).

       Do you remember this attraction? What did you think of it?

Also on this day in 1972, The Country Bear Jamboree opened in Bear County. For the sake of time, I'm borrowing info from a post I wrote about it's closing date in September of last year. My appologies to those that have already read it. But history is history, it stays the same. :)

bears

Located where "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" attraction is now, The Country Bear Clubhouse was actually supposed to be part of the never-realized Disney project in the 1960's- a ski-resort in Mineral King Valley. Now part of Sequoia National Park. After Walts passing in 1966, the ski resort (which ran into environmental concerns) and the "bear show" were shelved.

GREAT video from Extinct Attractions: Disneyland Country Bears History Documentary directed by David Oneal
with Alice Davis


front

Marc Davis and Al Bertino created the bear group. The Country Bear Jamboree actually first opened at WDW. It was SO successful that the imagineers immediately planned a Disneyland version. In 1972, the Indian Village was torn down to make way for Bear Country. The attraction was twice the size of the WDW's version featuring two identical theaters.

Below is a Mark Davis painting for The Country Bear Jamboree.

cartoon

From 1972 to 1986, the attraction was know as The Country Bear Jamboree.  In 1986, it was renamed and re-themed as a "vacation-themed show" called The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown, or otherwise known as The Country Bear Clubhouse.  

guide

vacay

signs

Here are some of the songs you’d enjoy in "The Country Bear Jamboree" show: (Thanks Yesterland.com)

    -    “The Five Bear Rugs,” performed by Henry, introducing the band
    -    “My Woman Ain’t Pretty, but She Don’t Swear None,” performed by Liver-Lips McGrowl
    -    “Mama, Don’t Whip Little Buford,” performed by Henry and Wendell
    -    “Tears Will Be the Chaser for My Wine,” performed by Trixie
    -   “Pretty Little Devilish Mary,” performed by the Five Bear Rugs
    -    “How Long Will My Baby Be Gone?” performed by Terrence
    -    “All the Guys that Turn Me On Turn Me Down,” performed by the Sun Bonnets—Bunny, Bubbles, and  Beulah
    -    “Heart, We Did All that We Could,” performed by Teddi Barra, descending on a swing from the ceiling
    -    “Blood on the Saddle,” performed by the unbearable Big Al
    -    “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” performed by Henry, who is joined by Sammy the hat racoon
    -   “Blood on the Saddle,” performed again by Big Al
    -    “Ole Slewfoot” (“He’s big around the middle and he’s broad across the rump”), performed by almost all the other bears, trying to drown out Big Al.
    -   “Come Again,” performed by Henry, Sammy, Max, Buff, and Melvin.

To watch a promotional video for the attraction filmed in 1972:




When the show was changed over to the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown the songs changed too: 
(again, thanks Yesterland.com)

    -    “The Great Outdoors,” performed by Henry and the Five Bear Rugs
    -    “Life’s No Picnic Without You,” performed by Trixie
    -    “On the Road Again,” performed by Wendell
    -    “We Can Make It To the Top,” performed by Liver Lips McGrowl
    -   “California Bears,” performed by the Sun Bonnets, Gomer, Max, Buff, and Melvin
    -    “Two Different Worlds,” performed by Terrence with Dolores the octopus
    -    “Rocky Top,” performed by the Five Bear Rugs
    -    “Nature,” performed by Ernest
    -    “Singin’ In the Rain,” performed by Teddi Barra and Henry
    -    “Ghost Riders In the Sky,” performed by the Five Bear Rugs
    -    “On My Way To Your Heart,” performed by Big Al
    -    “Thank God I’m a Country Bear,” performed by the entire cast
 
During its run, the Country Bear Jamboree had two spin-offs – a Christmas special and the Vacation Hoedown.

The Country bear officially closed it's curtains forever, September 9th, 2001. Where the Jamboree played, riders now can spot three heads of Country Bear animals inside the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride that opened in its place in 2003.  Max the deer, Melvin the moose and Buff the buffalo are mounted on the wall past the Woozles. Have you seen them?

heads

Who remembers the Country Bears? Did you have a favorite song they sang? Perhaps a memory from watching the show?

Thanks so much for reading and watching! I know this one was particularly long... hopefully not too boring? Go out and have a magnificent Monday!

Websites referenced:
thisdayindisneyhistory.com
mousewait.com
youtube.com
disneyhistoryinstitute.com
yesterland.com


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Great post as usual! - Admin 4:51PM
Thanks so much Admin! :) - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:06AM
I remember the country bears and just having a good time. Then going to lunch next door.Thanks for the post and the memories.  - Bigbill  17.6 #7306 10:46AM
Always a great time! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 7:58AM
I miss Country Bear Jamboree and remember it so fondly!  Thank you for sharing this πŸŒΊπŸ’œ - apesandmonkeys  6521.7 #13 11:12AM
Me too! Did you have a favorite song? I loved "Blood on the Saddle". Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 7:59AM
I loved the Christmas themed show and loved the Hoe Down finale of the show. I forget the name of the song, but loved the bear that swung and sang. πŸŒΊπŸ’œ - apesandmonkeys  6521.7 #13 1:28PM
Thanks for the memories - MickeyLumboCM  1246.8 #126 12:57PM
Thanks for your comment! :) - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:00AM
I don't remember astro jets... 10 years too early for me. But my goodness do I remember the country bear jamboree !!!!! And do I miss it so!!! When I was little we always made sure we stopped in for a show (my momma loved it too) so fun, to sing, stomp your feet and clap along too!! Sigh, I wish we still had it. Thank you pretty lady for your posts!!! I do love them!  - PixiePirateMaid  331.4 #693 1:02PM
awe! You call your Momma, Momma too? Love it! It always was such a great time in there! Thank YOU for the support as always! ((hugs)) - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:01AM
Thank you for this!! 😍😍😍 - CinderellE-79  947.7 #177 1:31PM
So glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:03AM
I liked them when they moved on top of the People Mover. Greatest nighttime attraction ever.  - Midasgold  614.1 #306 1:56PM
Bet that was fun! Thanks Midasgold! - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:03AM
I lucked out oneday at the thrift store and picked up that country bear jamboree attraction mini poster for a few bucks ... Of remember right it was $5 - EdLovesAlvena  258.4 #1207 2:45PM
SCORE! Don't ya just love finding a great deal!? - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:04AM
The first time I went to Disneyland I turned to beatlemike and asked about the country bears. I wanted to see it pretty bad and was sad when told it was closed. I'm hoping when we get to WDW that I can see it there. - missmimi90  2002.4 #69 2:53PM
d'awe! I hope you get to go to WDW and see those bears too! ;) - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:05AM
I miss the bears and loved Rocket Jets, especially the elevator ride up to the platform! - BombFrogFormerCM  888.4 #184 3:35PM
seems they are missed by many! ::sigh:: so sad - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:05AM
Thanks for sharing! - poppins  21.4 #6602 4:06PM
My pleasure! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:06AM
So many fond memories of Country Bear Jamboree!!! We always enjoyed the show.  - potatohead25  646.5 #288 4:34PM
It really was a great show! Did you have a favorite song? - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:06AM
The Astro Jets were way before my time, but I do remember the Rocket Jets and I thought it was super cool taking the elevator up to ride them!  I do remember Bear Country! My favorite part was when the lady bear came out of the ceiling on a swing in her raincoat and sang!  Such good memories!  Thanks @Duchess_SMK for the double history lesson!!!  Great job as usual :0) - zenderella  408.9 #509 5:12PM
That WAS a cool part! Good choice! You're so welcome! Thank YOU so much for the support! I really appreciate it! :) - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:08AM
I really miss CBJ!! Every time I walk over there I feel a little piece of Disney is missing. - DisneyDavidEMT  2295.6 #56 6:18PM
Same here! - BombFrogFormerCM  888.4 #184 6:47PM
d'awe! I think you are so right! I miss it too! - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:09AM
Big Al and his "Blood on the Saddle" was always my favorite. I still have a Big Al mug from a family trip in the 70s. Thanks for another great post! - redsoxcarlos  1832.2 #81 7:10PM
SWEET! That was my favorite one too! Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed it! - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:10AM
Thank you for choosing  tonights entertainment. I'm still watching the  documentary (thanks for the link it's a great one) I don't really remember the country bears but I've seen those three heads  in the many adventures of Pooh. Another great post miss. Thank you!!! - GrumpyPirateDad  1845.9 #80 8:31PM
oh you're so welcome my pirate friend! I believe that documentary was a least an hour long but full of goodies. Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoy them! - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 8:14AM
my apologies to everyone for not responding sooner. My day yesterday was a bit on the hectic side. Thanks so much to you all for your awesome comments! - Duchess_SMK  6104.2 #15 7:57AM
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I'm gonna have a crowding meetup Presidents' Day weekend! Post to come!  - TinkerSchelle  1771.6 #86 5:42PM
I'll crowd with you  - LaPearleNoir  1638.0 #95 2:27PM
I ❀️ crowding meetups - bonedaddy909  1340.4 #112 12:29PM
Would love to come! - susanann  8.9 #10895 6:15PM
What day works best for you guys bonedaddy909 and susanann and LaPearleNoir? - TinkerSchelle  1771.6 #86 1:21PM
Any day Friday theough Monday works for me! - susanann  8.9 #10895 2:12PM
Friday thru Sunday for UsπŸ˜ƒ.....Wait a minute😳what the heck is a crowding meetup and what would we be crowding into??πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - bonedaddy909  1340.4 #112 7:09PM
I heard there's a cool Winchester Mystery House meetup 😬 - adventurerEnDisneylandia {AED}  1028.2 #167 7:17PM
Any MW Tinkerbell half marathon weekend runners interested in a photo op meet-up/s before one or all 3 of the races??Β  - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  720.8 #247 2:11PM
When is this race? - secretagentangel  1890.4 #77 6:15PM
The 5K is May 8th, 10K May 9th, and the Half is May 10th. - CoachDisney  92.7 #3585 2:43PM
I will for the 5k, will be there Thursday afternoon till Friday noon. - Sleepingbeautysmom  305.1 #828 8:17AM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

Innoventions closed March 31-September 30


DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Luigi's Flying Tires closed through Dec 1
 

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  16.2 #7627 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  321.9 #741 8:33AM
It really surprises me that they didn't have Peter Pan finished by the time the Diamond Celebration started. I'm going next week and will be sad to miss it.  - RetroMinnie  55.2 #4371 10:06PM
They definitely tried!! - NeddaSzy  46.5 #4670 6:57PM
I think it was delayed, originally supposed to be open earlier. - Sarafina  491.6 #400 12:13PM
Going to be in the park Dec. 29-Jan. 2. We've always been during the Summer and Spring so this will be our very first time there during the Holiday Season. What is the weather there like during Winter, what should Hubby and I be packing and what should I be packing for my two boys ages 8 and 9? I know the park is usually packed during the Holidays (from what I have read), would we still be able to park hop (we bought 5 days park hoppers) if we get our hands stamped? TIA. =) - MaryinVancouver888  5.3 #16511 4:17AM

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Here are the latest Disneyland Real-Time Land posts. If you're at the Park, please post in Disneyland Real-Time Land, thanks for posting live pics!

#live My spousewaiter just lost his hat after the flash. Hooray for Lost and Found tickets and the little hat shop right outside Splash Mtn! Hahaha!!!! - TiggersAndTinks
#live Anyone have Thor from the new Marvel pins series? We are in DCA today (no hoppers) and DL tomorrow. We will trade any one of the pins pictured for Thor. - TiggersAndTinks
#live. Follow these rules to take Monstropolis Public Transit. On another note - I just saw Randal turn into the HM wallpaper!! - TiggersAndTinks
#live. Rules of Monstropolis Public Transit. - TiggersAndTinks


Hey I'm finally on this list πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4398.5 #26 10:39PM
Your always on the list!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚list of what I don't know😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝. Jk - Fantasmicfan1  1333.9 #114 12:34PM
Love seeing everyone's pictures from Disneyland !! I know, we always have a good time :) - Lyssa2012  196.1 #1973 11:22PM
i am so glad i got to experience it,  but did not have to go thru it! - MsTikiMermadam  364.6 #587 5:56AM
Sweet, I have 3 on this list!!  - MisFit.Mouse  627.5 #299 2:52AM
After all of this time being away and I made the list - cyndaws  257.9 #1210 1:45AM

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Yay @@Moog!!!! So great!  πŸ˜ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  189.0 #2059 6:28PM
You sweet thing!  You crack me up!  I'm merely an apprentice being schooled by @@Tom!! - Moog  48.7 #4597 11:33AM
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Wtg @DisneyMakesMeSmile and @@Moog ;) - otilegna  2174.0 #64 7:41PM
A major compliment from someone who hands me my you know what every game, @@otilegna 😜!!! - Moog  48.7 #4597 8:05PM
Yay !!!  - otilegna  2174.0 #64 9:42AM
i am horrible at this but rad to pass the time in linesπŸ‘ - DarthFairy  34.2 #5283 6:24PM
Yup! - MommyandBash  178.4 #2202 9:38AM
Geez. I only recognize like two people in this whole post πŸ˜‚ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4398.5 #26 4:51PM
SIC. How come we don't see you in here often anymore?  Miss seeing your posts. You have so much to share with all these newbies  - Goofytom  1173.2 #138 12:16PM
I'm secretly watching  - Plumiegirl  9155.1 #3 11:13PM

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Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  1173.2 #138 6:41PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  670.7 #276 6:30PM
There should be a droid version of this. I. would love to play  - bryanjung1997  1.1 #65895 2:19PM
I end up deleting games while in progress due to opponents leaving me hanging FOR-EH-VER!!! - MommyandBash  178.4 #2202 12:18PM
It happens, if you want start a game and I'll play you. I take a couple days off a week but I'll finish the games I start. - richiii3  675.6 #272 2:20PM

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@@Admin I booked with get away today and am staying at the HoJo in December.  Does MW still give the 100 credits or do I have to book with the hotel directly? - dsnylvr1975  6.2 #14417 5:02PM

Read Episode One of Deadliest Cast Member FREE on Amazon and iTunes!

I downloaded this before a very long road trip, and it kept me entertained the whole time (well, except when I was taking my turn at the wheel, safety first!).  - Geekery  409.4 #506 10:21PM
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Where can I find the book please?  - sarahsanch  6.8 #13344 1:03PM
Just got it! Can't stop reading it. I am already starting chaper 16. Love how all the details of DL are woven into the story. - Tiggerific  340.9 #658 4:20PM
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