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TITLE P - 50resented here, for your enjoyment, is a magical and musical virtual audio tour of the Happiest Place on Earth, both past and present. From this comprehensive collection of rare audio recordings, the stay at home listener is granted their very own 'E' Ticket to adventures that recreate the ambiance and simulate the you-are-there sensation of an actual trip to the park. Just close your eyes and let your mind run free. It won't be hard to imagine you are really inside the Magic Kingdom for an exciting day at Disneyland, the place where dreams really do come true...
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1 - Bear Country Entrance - Rufus the Snoring Bear  1:22

Resonating from a cave atop the hill at the Bear Country entrance, passing guests heard the sleepy moans, growls and grunts of the perpetually hibernating Rufus the bear. When this area was transformed into the new home of Splash Mountain, Rufus found a new career as the stage hand at the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown.

 

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2 - Bear Country Attraction Preview - Jack Wagner  1:49

Jack Wagner welcomes us to Bear Country, and introduces the comical cast of the Country Bear Jamboree. After the Bears premiered at Walt Disney World, this quiet settlement, snuggled within a shady northern pine forest, would replace the Native American Village in 1972 to become a new second home to the Country Bear show.

 

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3 - The Bluegrass Boys  2:43

The Bluegrass Boys, (later known as the Big Thunder Boys) were a favorite live act in the original Bear Country, and often performed alongside costumed characters from the Country Bear show. The wide open outdoor area of the Bear Country proper was also the perfect location to hold an evening hoedown under the stars.

 

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4 - Mile Long Bar - Area Background Music  13:32

The area music in Bear Country gave traditional bluegrass a modern beat. Within the vicinity was the Wilderness Outpost gift shop, Teddy Barra's Swingin' Arcade, the Golden Bear Lodge restaurant, and the Mile Long Bar, so named for its opposing mirrors which created the optical illusion of an infinitely long snack counter.

 

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5 - Ursus H. Bear's Wilderness Outpost  2:06

In 1956, Walt Disney produced a comprehensive documentary, and travelogue, showcasing his all new park. This big budget featurette was presented nationally in theaters in full Technicolor and wide screen CinemaScope, and also included a lavish musical score composed by in-house Disney musical director Oliver Wallace.

 

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6 - Teddi Barra's Swingin' Arcade - Hoofin' Henry  1:27

One of the loveliest stars of the Country Bear Jamboree, Swingin' Teddi Barra, was also the proprietress of a small arcade located next door to the Mile Long Bar. The games were of the pre-video, mechanical variety, and included a miniature tap dancing bear that was set into motion with wires by pressing the buttons on a control pannel.

 

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7 - Teddi Barra's Swingin' Arcade - Johnny Rio Shooting Game  1:05

Another memorable game from the Bear Country arcade was added in the 1980's. Johnny Rio was a mechanical gunfighter who challenged those who passed his way to a draw,  providing sarcastic insults to anyone unable to match his straightshooting abilities. The score was tabulated by reading a laser beam emitted from a toy gun.

 

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8 - Country Bear Jamboree Medley  3:21

This ragtime medley includes several favorite tunes from the original Country Bear Jamboree. The show was housed underground within the Grizzly Lodge. Due to the overwelming popularity of the attraction in Florida, the Disneyland version was constructed with two identical theaters in order to double the hourly capacity.

 

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9 - Country Bear Jamboree - Pepsi & Frito Lay Sponsorship Intro  0:39

The practice of having major corporations sponsor Disneyland attractions was not new when the Country Bear Jamboree opened in 1972. Originally, Pepsi Cola and Frito Lay were dual sponsors of the show, and a few years later, when Wonder Bread took over the sponsorship, the intro had to be slightly altered. Here is the original version.

 

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10 - The Country Bear Jamboree  15:30

Big Al, Teddy Barra, Liver Lips McGrowl, Bunny, Bubbles, Beulah, The Five Bear Rugs, Sammy the Raccoon, Henry your host, and a whole gang of zany bear-atones, tickle your funny bone as they present a real foot-stompin', knee-slappin' and hand-clappin' hoedown sure to bring smiles to even the most grizzly among us.

 

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11 - Pianjo - Original Popular Recording  1:54

With only a few exceptions, the soundtrack to the Country Bear Jamboree consisted of previously written and recorded contemporary Country songs straight out of Nashville. The toe tapping underscore to Henry's opening introduction to the show was a song called "Pianjo," which was composed by Elvis Presley songwriter Don Robertson.

 

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12 - Bear Band Seranade - Original Demo Recording  2:50

The Jamboree was originally devoloped for a proposed ski resort called the Mineral King Lodge, designed by Disney Imagineers. Although the land deal eventually fell through, the show's production went ahead as a theme park attraction instead. This early demo recording would have been used for the ski lodge version of the show.

 

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13 - Cuddlesome Bubblesome Bear  1:56

The colorful cast of the Country Bear Jamboree was designed by legendary Imagineer Marc Davis. One of his earliest creations was a rotund female circus performer named Trixie. Initially, she would have sang this original composition, but in a reworking of the show she eventually performed a popular Country &Western song instead.

 

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14 - Blood on the Saddle - Original Recording  2:59

The only song in the Country Bear Jamboree that was not recorded specifically for the 1971 soundtrack was a 1960 recording of "Blood on the Saddle," by cowboy crooner Tex Ritter. This was in fact the second time Ritter had recorded this song, and the version heard here is the original recording produced several years earlier.

 

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15 - Come On In - Come Again  2:59

The only completely original song written for the Country Bear Jamboree was used as the musical underscore for both entering and exiting the auditorium, thusly giving it two titles,"Come On In" and "Come Again." At the end of the show it was performed by the three mounted animal heads on the wall of the theater, Max, Buff and Melvin.

 

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16 - Bear Country Hoedown  3:50

Live square dancing in Disneyland dates back to the 1950's, and in the early years of Bear Country, it became a new tradition to have afternoon and evening hoedowns with upbeat country music, singing, dancing and guest appearances by several Disney characters including familiar friends from the nearby Country Bear Jamboree.

 

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17 - Country Bear Vacation Hoedown  2:38

In 1986, the original Country Bear show was replaced with a brand-new musical revue celebrating the great outdoors. Highlights included Liver Lips doing an Elvis Presley impersonation, Wendell's vacation photo slide-show, Teddy Barra caught in a summer rainstorm, and a surfside Sun Bonnet Trio in polka-dot bikinis.

 

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18 - The Great Outdoors  2:07

This catchy tune was the theme song for the Vacation Hoedown. In Critter Country, and the surrounding area, there are plenty of wonderful outdoor things to see and do, from Tom Sawyer's Island to the explorer canoes, and don't forget to take in the beautiful scenery from the waterfront balcony of the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

 

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19 - Hungry Bear Restaurant  3:20

Tucked in the northernmost corner of Disneyland, along the banks of the Rivers ofAmerica and away from the normal hustle and bustle of the park, the Hungry Bear Restaurant is one of the most tranquil dining spots in the Magic Kingdom. A popular pastime for guests, is feeding bread crumbs to the many ducks who congregate here.

 

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20 - Welcome to Critter Country - Critter Chorus  1:40

In 1989 a new peak was added to Disneyland's ever-growing mountain range of thrill rides, and sleepy old Bear Country was transformed into an all new land, now suitable for all critters to call home. As you wander through this gentle woodland today, you may hear some of these friendly, furry friends, as they hum a happy tune.

 

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21 - Critter Country - Area Background Music  11:56

The music heard throughout Critter Country is adapted from the Academy Award winning musical score of Walt Disney's 1946 motion picture classic, Song of the South. It can also be heard around the Splash Mountain vicinity, where one finds, tucked away under the shady pines, the tiny dwellings of many woodland residents.

 

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22 - Splash Mountain Queue Area - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah  4:09

Like most Disneyland ride-through attractions, Splash Mountain has a wonderful musical score that can be heard throughout the entire attraction. One of the recurring themes for Splash Mountain is perhaps the most universally recognizable and popular Disney songs of all time, the Oscar award winning, "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

 

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23 - Splash Mountain  16:59

Based on the tales of Uncle Remus, and Walt Disney's 1946 motion picture Song of the South, this colorful, whimsical, magical and melodious journey through Brer Rabbit's Laughing Place, with a cast of dozens of animal friends, culminates with a hare-raising splash down Chick-a-pin Hill into a mighty satisfactual musical finale.

 

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24 - Splash Mountain - Sooner or Later  2:29

In the scene just before the big climb to the climactic splash down, the matriarchs of both a rabbit family and a possum family appear, singing to their children a warning of the dangers to be found in the laughing place. The original music that was intended for this scene was the song, "Sooner or Later," from Song of the South, but was never used.

 

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25 - Splash Mountain Breakdown Spiel  1:29

At Disneyland, the rule is always safety first. However, to keep up with a sense of themeing, even on those rare occasions when an attraction stops operating properly, recorded saftey announcements will often envolve character voices and scenarios from within the context of the story. Brer Frog makes the Splash Mountain announcments.

 

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26 - Splash Mountain - Musical Score  5:04

Many fans of Disney theme park music would rate the soundtrack to Splash Mountain as their top favorite. Heard here are the studio released recordings of three songs from this much beloved musical score. These versions, which vary slightly from the actual attraction, were released on Walt Disney Records soon after the attraction premiered.

 

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27 - Pooh Corner - Area Background Music  21:04

The Country Bears staged there last hoedown in 2001, and two years later a new attraction based on Winnie the Pooh and friends became its permanent replacement. The music now heard in the surrounding area is based on the original orchestrations first heard in the classic series of Winnie the Pooh short-subject animated features.

 

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28 - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh  5:46

In Critter Country's latest attraction, Winnie the Pooh brings his many adventures to Disneyland guests. After breezing through a blustery day, and bouncing along with Tigger, guests travel through a frightful nightmare with Heffalumps and Woozles before reaching a happy Hip-Hip-Pooh-Ray finale with Pooh and all his friend.

 

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29 - Pooh's Thoughtful Spot - Rumbly In My Tumbly  1:32

Winnie the Pooh is one of Disney's most popular characters of all time, so out of bare necessity, a special meet and greet area opened in Critter Country to provide guests with a place they can always expect to meet him and all his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood at any time of the day, that is of course between Pooh's many honey breaks.

 

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