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Topic: NO Country Bears Christmas Special this year

Sun 10/29/2006 8:43p
according to several sources the MK does not feel itn is worth it to present this seasonal yuletide facvorite this year. I subscribe to a Country Bear Yahoo Group and received this in my box the other day:
Hello folks. One Lil'Spark over at's boards is starting
a campagin to try to save the Christmas Special. I shall quote her
post in full:

[I]Hi All!

It's recently been brought to my attention that the higher ups at
WDW have axed the Country Bear Jamboree Christmas show. (Thank you
Steve for the awesome updates on this.) It turns out that the head
haunchos want to save some money by not changing the shows out. They
see the Christmas Special as something they make little to no profit
off of, so it's not worth it anymore.

I know it's really easy to read something like that and shrug it off
because maybe Country Bear Jamboree isn't your favorite attraction,
but I urge you all to look at this news from a different perspective

Not having the Christmas Special this year isn't making everyone as
happy as one would think. This was one of the only attractions on
property that actually got some TLC each holiday season and had a
change in show format to fit the festive spirit. I've heard from
Cast Members first hand that they, along with Park Managers, are
none too happy that they're doing away with the Christmas Special
this year.

Maybe you can see the higher up's reasoning for it not
being 'profitable' and might even agree. Please remember that when
Walt Disney first pitched his ideas for a Christmas parade, he was
warned that wasn't profitable - and it really isn't - but this is
one more reason for the guests to come back during the Christmas
season, thus creating more revenue through ticket sales.

The Cast Members for CBJ take great pride in their work, but knowing
that they're not going to get the breathe of life put back into
their attraction this holiday season is lowering their morale and

I know that I would LOVE to have my children see this attraction -
whenever I have them - and it saddens me to think that I may have
seen the last showing of it I'll ever see in my lifetime.

You may be wondering at this point, "Well Jenn, this sounds like a
valiant cause, but what can I do to help try to save the Country
Bear Christmas Special from my computer?" Well, you're in luck! I
have a simple, fast, easy way to help out this wonderful cause. Just
send an e-mail to wdw.guest.communications@... , or
express your concern at MK Guest Relations if you are in the parks.
It takes all of five minutes (or less!)

Thank you for your time,
Have a magical day,
Jenn - Lover & Protector of those darned cute bears

She brings up some good points folks. Here are the main people to

a.k.a. Walt Disney World Guest Communications
PO Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

Vice President of Magic Kingdom Operations
PO Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Ms. Meg Crofton
The Walt Disney World Resort
PO Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Ms. Erin Wallace
Vice President
The Walt Disney World Resort
PO Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

WHEN CONTACTING... please use actual reasons from a Guest/Cast point
of view, such as these:

* The show has GREAT guest reception and turn out year after year.
It's successful.
* It adds Cast Member pride and increases their morale to create
great Guest Service
* It gives guests that unexpected surprise that really makes for a
superior vacation
* It's a HOLIDAY TRADITION that Disney should be proud of

This is important folks, if the bears' hoilday attendance takes a
dip from the loss of the Christmas show, it puts the whole CBJ at
risk! Let's try to prevent things from getting worse. Here's hopin'
for the best...

Sun 10/29/2006 11:19p
wow, wdw seems to keep getting the short end of the stick lately. it is amazing how for years that short end went to disneyland,and now disneyland is the one excelling and wdw seems to be lagging.
I have to admit i only saw the the christmas bears once and at disneyland. it was a fun show, though.
they say it doesn't turn a profit, but maybe they should look at disneyland. Christmas time at disneyland has become of the parks most busiest periods. Small World and Haunted Mansion holiday are big hits. they also redecorate the ranch area. Each land has very elaborate Christmas decor. When i was at WDW, the only christmas decorations i recall at the Magic Kingdom was on main street. I dont' recall anything in Fantasyland, Frontierland, or Liberty square. i could be wrong on this though.
it just seems silly not to redecorate the bears. how expensive can it be? put some costumes on, reprogram the bears to sing christmas music, instead of country.
Mon 10/30/2006 6:27a
I have never been to WDW for Christmas and I was so looking forward to seeing the bears in the Christmas glory.
What a shame.............I'm so mad.
Mon 10/30/2006 8:55a
Go to TDL instead Disneymom... We'll have the Xmas Bear show playing from Nov 7th thru Dec 25th this season.
Mon 10/30/2006 9:33a
Are you going to pay for my trip?......I knew you would!!!


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