Splash Mountain Animatronics Could Live Surprisingly
Last year, when The Walt Disney Company announced that Splash Mountain would be redesigned both at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, Disney Parks fans were divided over the news. , it’s the least we can say.
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The ride – which was designed to Southern song (1946) since opening at Disneyland in 1989 and Magic Kingdom in 1992 – will get a new theme from the movie Walt Disney Animation Studios The princess and the Frog (2009).
While this new theme featuring Princess Tiana, Naveen, Ray, and all of their bayous friends works well at Disneyland Park (thanks to Splash Mountain’s proximity to New Orleans Square), it can feel a bit hit and miss in the Frontierland area of Magic Kingdom.
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This has led some fans to suggest that Disney World’s Country Bear Jamboree should also be redesigned to stay with the new spirit of the Frontierland section of Magic Kingdom Park. This attraction is considered by many to be a bit outdated. But, to be fair, there are also those who absolutely love Country Bears.
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Now a Disney World fan on Twitter has an idea that could help Splash Mountain animatronics – Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, Br’er Bear, and more – and Country Bear Jamboree live in another area of Walt. Disney World Resort property.
John Lynch wrote:
I think the environments of Splash Mountain / Bear Band [Country Bear Jamboree] would be nice for a hotel. You have swamps, caves, a riverboat, and cute little houses with a bunch of creatures to populate this Technicolor world.
I think Splash Mountain / Bear Band environments would be perfect for a hotel. You have swamps, caves, a riverboat, and cute little houses with a bunch of creatures to populate this Technicolor world.
– Johnnie Lynch (@ WorldWatchers97) May 17, 2021
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While Disney hasn’t, of course, confirmed plans to redesign the Country Bear Jamboree just yet or reuse existing animatronics from Splash Mountain, the idea is undeniably intriguing.
This would allow Disney park visitors who like the characters in these attractions to still enjoy them in a less thematic setting. Br’er Rabbit could, for example, just be sitting on a log in a hotel lobby with his fishing rod – a subtle nod to the original Splash Mountain fan-favorite trick.
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In fact, there is an existing hotel that could perhaps serve as an inspiration for this idea. the Mariott Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN, an atrium is quite similar to what Lynch described in her social media post.
Add in a little more Technicolor – and LOTS of Disney magic – and the concept of a Disney Resort that transports guests to a fantasy forest and cartoon world could come to life.
Again, Disney has not announced any plans to alter Disney World’s Country Bear Jamboree at any time in the near future, and it is not yet clear what will happen to the current audio-animatronic characters of Splash Mountain.
But, Walt Disney himself certainly believed in the dream – and, one day, wouldn’t it be fun to walk through a magical Disney forest filled with woodland creatures.
Disney often reuses animatronics
It should be noted that if Disney decided to recycle the Splash Mountain animatronics after the merry-go-round retheme, it would in fact continue a long tradition! These Southern song Audio Animatronics was originally part of the America sings attraction, which operated at Disneyland Resort from 1974 to 1988.
Disney has also resurrected other animatronics in the past, including popular Three Caballeros characters who currently appear in EPCOT’s Gran Fiesta Tour – they were originally part of Fantasyland’s Mickey Mouse review!
Additionally, some of the Seven Dwarfs were recycled from Magic Kingdom’s now-defunct version of Snow White’s spooky adventures and set up on the famous Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster.
Learn more about Splash Mountain
Disney officially described the Splash Mountain log channel as:
Gently cross a colorful southern bayou with the cheerful Br’er Rabbit as he searches for his ‘place to laugh’. But beware: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in pursuit of this rebellious hare.
Browse over 100 adorable audio-animatronic geese, frogs, raccoons, possums, bees, alligators and other house critters while singing classic Disney songs including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “Ev ‘rybody’s Got a place to laugh. “
So hold on to your hats – this delicious musical cruise ends with a thrilling 5-story descent through a thorny Briar Patch!
Learn more about the Country Bear Jamboree
Disney officially described Country Bear Jamboree as:
Enter the rustic theater known as Grizzly Hall and take a seat before the lights go out. Knock as 18 Hillbilly Audio-Animatronics bears play and sing during this 16-minute celebration walk. You will hear a mixture of original and classic tunes, all performed by the most zany critters of the woods.
Bursting with humor, heart, and a few surprises, this crowd-pleasing show features a Southern sensibility that you and your little ones will love.
The Country Bear Jamboree is one of the newest attractions Walt Disney has personally helped develop. Originally planned for a never-before-built Disney ski resort in Mineral King, Calif., The singing bear show happily moved to Florida in 1971 and has performed daily at Magic Kingdom Park ever since.
What do you think? How would you like to see a new Walt Disney World Resort with a retro technicolor forest theme?