The original version of Country Bear Jamboree at Walt Disney World will close for good on Jan. 26.
The Magic Kingdom animatronic show is being replaced with an updated version featuring country versions of Disney classics, as Disney announced at last September’s Destination D23 event.
With the exception of Liver Lips McGrowl being renamed to Romeo McGrowl (“liver lips” being considered a racial slur), the rest of the Bear characters will be back in the revamped show, dubbed the Country Bear Musical Jamboree, when it debuts this summer.
Country Bear Jamboree opened with the Magic Kingdom and Disney World on Oct. 1, 1971. Its popularity in Florida led to clones being built in Disneyland (which operated from 1972 to 2001) and Tokyo Disneyland, which opened in 1983 and is still running today.
The show’s last major alteration was during a 2012 refurbishment, when it was shortened by roughly 5 minutes.
Before the announcement of the new version, Country Bear Jamboree was last the subject of retheming rumors in 2019, when WDW News Today reported the show would be replaced with a “Toy Story”-oriented marionette performance. Disney took the unusual step of publicly denying the rumors, while WDWNT has continued to claim that it had “saved” the original attraction.