By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel
2:51 PM EST, February 5, 2013
Now that the grousing (or is that growling) about the Country Bear Jamboree changes at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom have died down, I thought I'd pay the old attraction a visit with a clear head.
Back in October, Disney shortened the show by 5 minutes — it now runs about 11 minutes — removing character dialogue and some songs.
Frankly, I don't really miss the songs that were eliminated — "Pretty Little Devilish Mary" and "Fractured Folk Song."
And it's nice to see the bears looking snazzier than they have in years.
To me, the strangest thing was how some of the technical happenings weren't changed to match the new show length.
Max, Buff, and Melvin — that's the buck, bison and moose heads hanging on the wall — don't talk as much as they used to, yet their mouths move. (Perhaps we are meant to think they are whispering.)
"All the Guys That Turn Me On Turn Me Down" has been shortened by a refrain — but the projections behind the trio of Bunny, Bubbles and Beulah still run the length of the original song.
And I still don't think the sound is as crisp in that attraction as others.
But the corny, old-school integrity of the show is still there. And with a shorter duration, it becomes more enjoyable for even younger children — who can still be wowed by the sight of a crew of animatronic bears.
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