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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  6349.3 #18 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 #7888 10:46AM
Always a great time! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 7:58AM
I miss Country Bear Jamboree and remember it so fondly!  Thank you for sharing this πŸŒΊπŸ’œ - apesandmonkeys  6523.5 #16 11:12AM
Me too! Did you have a favorite song? I loved "Blood on the Saddle". Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 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  6523.5 #16 1:28PM
Thanks for the memories - MickeyLumboCM  1347.5 #130 12:57PM
Thanks for your comment! :) - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 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  345.6 #690 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  6349.3 #18 8:01AM
Thank you for this!! 😍😍😍 - CinderellE-79  1025.4 #181 1:31PM
So glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 8:03AM
I liked them when they moved on top of the People Mover. Greatest nighttime attraction ever.  - Midasgold  633.3 #320 1:56PM
Bet that was fun! Thanks Midasgold! - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 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  259.6 #1263 2:45PM
SCORE! Don't ya just love finding a great deal!? - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 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  2032.1 #76 2:53PM
d'awe! I hope you get to go to WDW and see those bears too! ;) - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 8:05AM
I miss the bears and loved Rocket Jets, especially the elevator ride up to the platform! - BombFrogFormerCM  1015.8 #185 3:35PM
seems they are missed by many! ::sigh:: so sad - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 8:05AM
Thanks for sharing! - poppins  26.4 #6380 4:06PM
My pleasure! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 8:06AM
So many fond memories of Country Bear Jamboree!!! We always enjoyed the show.  - potatohead25  716.7 #271 4:34PM
It really was a great show! Did you have a favorite song? - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 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 #549 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  6349.3 #18 8:08AM
I really miss CBJ!! Every time I walk over there I feel a little piece of Disney is missing. - DisneyDavidEMT  2631.8 #49 6:18PM
Same here! - BombFrogFormerCM  1015.8 #185 6:47PM
d'awe! I think you are so right! I miss it too! - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 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  2537.5 #56 7:10PM
SWEET! That was my favorite one too! Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed it! - Duchess_SMK  6349.3 #18 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  1936.2 #86 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  6349.3 #18 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  6349.3 #18 7:57AM
I've read that the Big Al AA was re-used for the Oogie Boogie AA in Haunted Mansion Holiday, at least initially -- - Grindcore  556.2 #366 1:55PM
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Credits Hall of Fame. This real-time list honors the top Credits purchasers by showing the total number of Credits purchased. These MouseWaiters play an integral part in helping us maintain and innovate. Thank you to everyone who buys Credits in the MW iOS app, TRIVILATOR, and Goat Effect!

1. jacdanfan
95000

2. secretagentangel
87300

3. iLOVELUCYnDISNEY
75000

4. DisneyGrandma
65000

5. leopardditz2000
63500

6. Melody_CM
55000

7. debbiev
49750

8. DarthFairy
48950

9. MeridaFan
46130

10. teach67
44250

 

  Well done and congratulations.  Now I know how some people have so many stickers.  Keep up the good work:-) - beentoall  370.4 #0 2:55AM
And they share - suzieq65  111.4 #3407 9:06PM
#10 needs a pic bad! - DarthFairy  426.7 #519 12:42PM
Wow wow wow!!! - stanvoodoo  36.7 #5417 10:52PM
Good job! - antetr95  1894.4 #89 10:48AM

Here are the Weekly Top 10 TRIVILATOR Players. Find people to play here. Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends on iOS. Play on any device with our new web version here.

1. DisneyMakesMeSmile
12.36

2. Goofytom
7.91

3. DisneyMom13
3.18

4. richiii3
0.66

5. beentoall
0.66

6. mamabeam
0.61

7. Dolewhipped
0.57

8. Moog
0.28

9. jalensmommy
0.19

10. otilegna
0.12

 

Yay @@Moog!!!! So great!  πŸ˜ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  292.5 #961 6:28PM
You sweet thing!  You crack me up!  I'm merely an apprentice being schooled by @@Tom!! - Moog  94.4 #3682 11:33AM
πŸ‘‹β€οΈ - Tom  11229.1 #6 11:47AM
Wtg @@DisneyMakesMeSmile and @@Moog ;) - otilegna  2680.9 #48 7:41PM
A major compliment from someone who hands me my you know what every game, @@otilegna 😜!!! - Moog  94.4 #3682 8:05PM
Yay !!!  - otilegna  2680.9 #48 9:42AM
Any tips on how to keep a game going?  Seems like the past few times I've played Random the other person stops playing and I can't finish the game.  :( - azbellatink  246.2 #1402 12:47AM
Yay I made the list!!!!!!  - DayDreamsOfDisneyland  146.2 #2779 7:02PM
 YOU!!! Having fun playing!! - DisneyMom13  238.1 #1498 5:01PM
Well done:-).  I'm enjoying playing your games.  Thank you. - beentoall  370.4 #0 2:19AM

DISCOUNTED DISNEYLAND TICKETS THROUGH MOUSEWAIT! You get 2% off select tickets if you purchase on this page and use the code MOUSEWAIT at checkout. A percentage of your total purchase comes back to MouseWait, which helps cover our monthly maintenance and development expenses! You will also get 100 Credits if you email us your receipt along with your username! 

Can you get a discount on annual passes too? - DeeDeeMouse  279.5 #1061 9:59PM
How do you get discount on AP passes. Guessing use MOUSEWAIT - suzieq65  111.4 #3407 4:00PM
You get discounts on AP by renewing early. It's through Disney . They'll send you a card.  - secretagentangel  4735.1 #28 8:58PM
It says discount not available ... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? - Woodylover  52.1 #4704 12:13AM
Apparently whatever I was trying to buy doesn't apply. Dang - Poisen_Ivy  315.2 #826 12:47PM
Get tickets through MW then sign up for your Annual Pass at the parks ticket booths😊 - sunvalgifts  31.8 #5820 11:06AM

Use this link (save it as a bookmark to make it easy) before you add things to your Amazon and MouseWait will receive 5% of your purchase! Thank you for your support!

Purchased the Voyageers book through this link so MW benefits twice  - UTDISNEYFAMILY  1906.0 #88 4:48PM
Spent $490 on it the other day - CVDisneyland  411.4 #541 12:40PM
Thank you! - Admin  5:04PM
I will do this next time I'm on Amazon! - DisneyLov3r  38.5 #0 5:02PM
Just spent $100. Surely not my last order this month - Dianat710  46.7 #4934 4:46PM

Here is the Overall Quality Top 10 real-time list. Follow these MouseWaiters for great content:

1. CobbPR
6890

2. uscdisneyteacher
6247

3. Dave
5887

4. BaseballMickey_CM
5854

5. Winnie111286
5570

6. Plumiegirl
5480

7. Duchess_SMK
5399

8. misschurro
5271

9. pikarich
4806

10. Stitch_Legacy
4717



SEE THE TOP 100

This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  4254.1 #34 9:51PM
FINALLY!  Thank you!  - MadameLeota  4254.1 #34 2:34PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  426.7 #519 8:06PM


Hey I'm finally on this list πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4409.0 #32 10:39PM
Your always on the list!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚list of what I don't know😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝. Jk - Fantasmicfan1  1538.2 #111 12:34PM
Fantasmicfan1 I just read that in the voice of Rodney Dangerfield from Back to School! - KennyV  1154.6 #157 3:48PM
Love seeing everyone's pictures from Disneyland !! I know, we always have a good time :) - Lyssa2012  196.1 #2047 11:22PM
i am so glad i got to experience it,  but did not have to go thru it! - MsTikiMermadam  1065.1 #172 5:56AM
Here! Yay! - LadyTrampTraveler8  48.3 #0 10:36AM
My First time making this list! THANK YOU! Please comment and give me tips as only Mouse Waiters can!! - sunvalgifts  31.8 #5820 2:11PM

Earn 1000 Credits for staying at MouseWait Platinum Partner Hotels! Each night that you stay at the Hojo Anaheim 714-776-6120 or the brand new Courtyard Marriott Theme Park Entrance Hotel 714-254-1442 you will earn 1000 Credits! Just send an email to [email protected] after your stay with your confirmation number and check in date, and we will add the Credits to your account! Make sure to mention MouseWait when you reserve your rooms. 

When you support our Platinum Partner Hotels, you help us to improve MouseWait. Both hotels are run by the best management team in the business, and you won't get better service anywhere else!

Credits have been applied to everyone's account as of today! - Admin 11:40AM
I just called them to price out our potential trip in June. Chris was so nice and the MW savings are phenomenal! Still waiting on work vacation approval to reserve the room!  - HNL2SFO  244.2 #1429 1:26PM
What percentage saving are we looking at for being MouseWaiters? Is it better than a AAA discount.  - MoChuck  148.0 #2744 3:57PM
@@@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  174.3 #2328 5:02PM
Good morning @@Admin I submitted a stay at Hojo for 7/2/15.Β  I haven't seen the Credits yet.Β  Would you please check the records?Β  I can resubmit the Form if you need me to.Β  As always, thanks for all your wonderful help. - Winnie111286  12466.6 #4 8:02AM
Admin Thanks - Winnie111286  12466.6 #4 3:18PM


 
MONTHLY OVERALL REAL-TIME LEADERBOARD

1. OhanaPhoto
435.01

2. Mouse4life
388.28

3. drummerkidd
261.6

4. ShariRenee
233.49

5. sawman911
131.65

6. Winnie111286
129.23

7. secretagentangel
121.77

8. HARR_E
113.67

9. Tom
113.25

10. Taunton
107.71



SEE TOP 100 LEADERS

I love Disneyland! - Melody_CM  13474.3 #3 11:30PM
Wow I've never made a list before. Thanks - disneybob49  471.9 #455 9:59AM
Oh wow! Finally on the list! All my real time posts are posted in DL Talk, so surprised to see thisπŸ˜‚ - Alicewhoareyou  2610.0 #53 4:23PM
I made the list! I'm somebody now!!!πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ˜‚ - OhanaPhoto  5334.6 #21 9:54AM
You are always somebody, unless you're nobody, then you are nobody! πŸ˜‚ - RetroDisneyPins2002  24.5 #6625 2:15PM
RetroDisneyPins2002 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - OhanaPhoto  5334.6 #21 7:00PM
OhanaPhoto - You are BIG time now!!! 😜 - DisLUVney  633.6 #319 8:37PM

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TOP MWs of the WEEK

1.ShariRenee 233.38 #9  
2.sawman911 131.51 #51  
3.drummerkidd 115.57 #393  
4.Tom 113.25 #6  
5.spicoli 105.13 #2555  
6.secretagentangel 76.17 #28  
7.grumpypapa 74.21 #19  
8.Winnie111286 73.25 #4  
9.HARR_E 68.91 #25  
10.LilSterner 66.18 #20  

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