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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  6163.0 #16 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 #7361 10:46AM
Always a great time! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 7:58AM
I miss Country Bear Jamboree and remember it so fondly!  Thank you for sharing this πŸŒΊπŸ’œ - apesandmonkeys  6522.9 #14 11:12AM
Me too! Did you have a favorite song? I loved "Blood on the Saddle". Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  6522.9 #14 1:28PM
Thanks for the memories - MickeyLumboCM  1325.4 #118 12:57PM
Thanks for your comment! :) - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  332.0 #689 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  6163.0 #16 8:01AM
Thank you for this!! 😍😍😍 - CinderellE-79  991.8 #177 1:31PM
So glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 8:03AM
I liked them when they moved on top of the People Mover. Greatest nighttime attraction ever.  - Midasgold  627.0 #303 1:56PM
Bet that was fun! Thanks Midasgold! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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 #1212 2:45PM
SCORE! Don't ya just love finding a great deal!? - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  2002.9 #71 2:53PM
d'awe! I hope you get to go to WDW and see those bears too! ;) - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 8:05AM
I miss the bears and loved Rocket Jets, especially the elevator ride up to the platform! - BombFrogFormerCM  889.8 #189 3:35PM
seems they are missed by many! ::sigh:: so sad - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 8:05AM
Thanks for sharing! - poppins  23.6 #6329 4:06PM
My pleasure! Thank YOU! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 8:06AM
So many fond memories of Country Bear Jamboree!!! We always enjoyed the show.  - potatohead25  646.6 #292 4:34PM
It really was a great show! Did you have a favorite song? - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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 #515 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  6163.0 #16 8:08AM
I really miss CBJ!! Every time I walk over there I feel a little piece of Disney is missing. - DisneyDavidEMT  2373.0 #56 6:18PM
Same here! - BombFrogFormerCM  889.8 #189 6:47PM
d'awe! I think you are so right! I miss it too! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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  1938.5 #78 7:10PM
SWEET! That was my favorite one too! Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed it! - Duchess_SMK  6163.0 #16 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 #84 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  6163.0 #16 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  6163.0 #16 7:57AM
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@DisLUVney, lol weren't we just talking about this haha - MinnieTinker  549.3 #352 8:58PM
I can't help myself....help me. πŸ˜‚ - DisLUVney  607.9 #313 9:23PM
Wow wow wow!!! - stanvoodoo  19.3 #7008 10:52PM

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  257.0 #1225 9:59PM
How do you get discount on AP passes. Guessing use MOUSEWAIT - suzieq65  71.1 #4003 4:00PM
You get discounts on AP by renewing early. It's through Disney . They'll send you a card.  - secretagentangel  2194.2 #64 8:58PM
It says discount not available ... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? - gedi0614  31.5 #5502 12:13AM

TRIVILATOR 2.0 for iOS is here! We made it faster, easier to use, improved Random Games, fixed Push Notifications, added a Remove Ads option, new game packs, and we optmized it for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Get the complete run down on our new blog here. Get the new update in the App Store, or grab it here. Did you know you can play on the web or from any device via our web version? Tell your friends about the TRIVILATOR, and submit your questions so they (and you) can be featured inside the app. You can submit your questions here. Have fun!

- valj84DisneyDeppAddict  217.3 #1715 12:58PM
Hi, @@valj84DisneyAddict Hope you are having a wonderful Easter 🐣Come play Trivilator with me! - Moog  56.7 #4351 3:00PM
Yes! A wonderful day!  Hope yours is great too!!! I will look for you on Trivilator. πŸ˜πŸ‘ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  217.3 #1715 3:27PM
Is it a game? - palomine96  20.6 #6785 11:58PM
Yes!  It's a separate app.  Come play! - Moog  56.7 #4351 8:58AM
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I just re downloaded trivilator after a brief break from the losing stretch πŸ™ˆ feel free to add me! I am back and ready to play!  - LindseyanaJones  125.5 #3035 9:04AM

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Disneyland unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. The unFORECAST now has its own page on the web www.unFORECAST.com

unFORECAST for the week of August 31, 2015
Look for light crowds this week until Labor Day weekend begins on Friday. Disneyland and California Adventure will close early for the second week in a row (DL 9pm, DCA 8pm). Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our new MagicPlan iOS Calendar), this week last year averaged in the high 50s (approx 60% capacity) -- that means it was a very slow week. Even Labor Day last year (which fell on the 1st) averaged in the mid 70s, which is light for a holiday. Now that most schools are back in session, we should see lighter crowds at the Parks until Halloweentime begins! To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait App for Crowd Index averages and wait times. Have a great week! - Admin Aug 31, 2015 9:23PM



We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  495.8 #400 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  18.6 #7164 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  399.8 #532 7:32AM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  162.3 #2468 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  239.8 #1421 5:04PM
summer surely has been very busy!  - MarshaMouse  4816.7 #22 12:18AM
I was there this week, Tues, Wed.,Thur. Very hot and muggy. Long lines except single rider lines were great. Because we had 3 days we didn't mind waiting in line. It's so fun to people watch while you wait. We had a great time. Can't wait until next time to go back. - Popcorn  9.4 #10624 9:33AM

Follow the new MouseWait Blog for updates, how-tos, tips, contests, and more! 

Didn't know there was one. Yay - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  481.8 #413 4:20PM

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We have our weekly MW sticker meetup at La Brea bakery at 4 pm in Downtown Disney! Lots of fun for newcomers and all and a great way to meet new people! Then we go to the MW spot we've held in DL to watch PTN and fireworks! Everyone is welcome! - secretagentangel  2194.2 #64 6:10PM
On Tuesday nights, duh!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜© - secretagentangel  2194.2 #64 10:47PM
Thank You - suzieq65  71.1 #4003 6:20PM
We will be there in November - makeitbluesaysmerriwether  40.7 #4944 9:58AM
I'm gonna have a crowding meetup Presidents' Day weekend! Post to come!  - TinkerSchelle  1783.3 #85 5:42PM
I'll crowd with you  - LaPearleNoir  1638.1 #96 2:27PM
I ❀️ crowding meetups - bonedaddy909  1354.8 #113 12:29PM
Would love to come! - susanann  8.9 #10977 6:15PM
What day works best for you guys bonedaddy909 and susanann and LaPearleNoir? - TinkerSchelle  1783.3 #85 1:21PM
Any day Friday theough Monday works for me! - susanann  8.9 #10977 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  1354.8 #113 7:09PM
Actually the 5k is May 6th, 10k May 7th and 1/2 on May 8th in 2016.  I am doing 5k and 10k. - barbwire  7.1 #0 10:42PM
are there any MW going to Mickeys Halloween Party 10/31?  It would be fun to meet up.  - kimm84  28.4 #0 11:24PM
I think there is a post for this. Try searching for it, and you'll find all kinds of information about this particular night. Have a great time!  - teach67  129.6 #2972 11:09AM
Look under cadaver call and then find the date on post. I think that night is posted by toarrispirate - secretagentangel  2194.2 #64 2:12AM

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Been in the Midwest much of August. Nice to see wait time warriors have been out there walking and working! - MelodyMouse  6676.2 #13 7:25AM
Hope you're having fun!! - secretagentangel  2194.2 #64 11:37PM
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