One of the most fun shows at Walt Disney World is “Country Bear Jamboree.” The animatronic show was opened in the Orlando theme park in 1971. Disney announced a series of changes to the show on 9/9. Perhaps the announcement was made on that date because it won’t get much press.
9/9 was a Saturday, the day of the week with the lowest viewing, so it might slip through the news. By 9/9, the print media was already concentrating on the anniversary of the horrible attacks and was close to a memorial date. Maybe fans would be distracted from Disney and focused on the anniversary of the horrible 9/11 attacks, except for President Biden, who skipped the crash site memorials at the Pentagon, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the World Trade Tower footprints.
According to The Direct, Disney is changing the name of one of the most popular Country Bears.
Artwork shared on Twitter to accompany the announcement confirmed the controversial Liver Lips McGrowl will be renamed to Romeo McGrowl more than 50 years after he debuted in the 1971 park attraction.
At @WaltDisneyWorld, the Country Bear Jamboree is getting new songs and the bears will be performing a new act in 2024! The bears will be reinterpreting favorite Disney songs in different genres of country music. #DestinationD23 pic.twitter.com/JtRVPikcT1
— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) September 9, 2023
I never thought animatronic characters could communicate, but in this case, one of the Bears in the Country Bear Jamboree didn’t like the changes and called for help. Answering the call, a black bear was making its way to Walt Disney World, but like so many bears who answered the call, this one was stopped just outside its intended goal.
The valentine bear, trying to help her friends, made it to the Magic Kingdom but not to the county bears.
Sightings of a black bear at Florida’s Disney World caused parts of the “The Most Magical Place on Earth” to temporarily close Monday afternoon, the theme park announced.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it was aware of a black bear reported to be in a tree at the Orlando resort’s Magic Kingdom. The agency said it was working on capturing and relocating the animal.
Finally, the bear was caught.
Just after 2:30 p.m. ET, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that law enforcement officers and biologists with its Bear Management program had captured an adult, female bear.
“In most cases, it is best for bears to be given space and to move along on their own,” said FWC spokesperson Lisa Thompson, “but given this situation, staff have captured the animal and are relocating the bear out of the park to an area in or around the Ocala National Forest.
The bear hired attorneys and is suing Disney for what seems to be a prejudice against real bears.