ORLANDO, Fla. (July 10, 2024) Walt Disney World Resort announced today that the reimagined Country Bear Musical Jamboree will make its highly anticipated return on July 17, 2024!

As a beloved staple of Frontierland in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, the Country Bears have been charming audiences with their delightful country-western tunes for over 50 years. This summer, the bears are back with an exciting new twist—Nashville-style Disney tunes inspired by various genres of country music including Americana, bluegrass, pop-country, rockabilly and more!

·       “Country Bear Musical Jamboree” – a new original song written for the attraction 
·       “Try Everything” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” 
·       “Kiss the Girl” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Little Mermaid” 
·       “A Whole New World” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Aladdin” 
·       “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Walt Disney Studios’ “Mary Poppins” 
·       “Fixer-Upper” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen” 
·       “Remember Me” from Pixar Animation Studios’ “Coco” 
·       “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” from Pixar Animation Studios’ “Toy Story” 
·       “Bare Necessities” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Jungle Book” 
·       “Come Again” – an original song that debuted with Country Bear Jamboree in 1971 

Fans can look forward to a stellar lineup of song performances inspired by some of country music’s brightest stars. Mac McAnally, acclaimed country music singer-songwriter and 10-time CMA Musician of the Year has lent his talent to the show by bringing the all-too-perfect tune, “The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book,” to life along with Terrence, aka Shaker’s, version of the “Frozen” song “Fixer-Upper.” Additionally, McAnally produced and rearranged the songs.

Joining him is Emily Ann Roberts, an up-and-coming country singer. She will showcase her East Tennessee twang as Trixie on a rendition of “Try Everything” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia.” Roberts released her debut, critically acclaimed album Can’t Hide Country last Fall. The CMT Next Woman of Country has since been out on the road with Blake Shelton and will be joining Jamey Johnson for select dates kicking off in July.

“I first saw the Country Bears as a teenage musician and it bolstered my pride in the acoustic musical heritage of the rural south,” said Mac McAnally, voice of Terrence, aka Shaker in Country Bear Musical Jamboree. “I next saw the show with my own kids and sat amongst multiple generations of families from all over and felt that common bond that lasts a lifetime. It is my great blessing to get to be a part of the continuation of the tradition and I have done my best to honor the spirit of the Bears and the great Disney songbook as well as the heart and soul that runs through the veins of Country music. And just maybe it explains why I’ve been singing in a Bear voice for several decades before this opportunity came up.”

“This is an opportunity that I never even dreamed big enough to dream,” said Emily Ann Roberts, voice of Trixie St. Claire in Country Bear Musical Jamboree. “It is such an honor to be a part of a show that has been so loved for so many years. I hope when folks hear Trixie’s song about trying new things, failing and trying again, that they will be encouraged to do the same.” 

In addition to these amazing contributions, singer-songwriter Allison Russell, and renowned musician Chris Thile, have collaborated to create a heartwarming rendition of “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” voicing Teddi Barra and Wendell, respectively.

Guests can enjoy an unforgettable musical journey as the Country Bears bring their nostalgic charm and new Nashville-inspired tunes to the Grizzly Hall stage. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the magic and melodies of the Country Bear Musical Jamboree, starting July 17 at Walt Disney World Resort.

SCIFI Radio Staff
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