Friday, September 29, 2006

Souvenir Friday- Country Bear Artifacts

Two artifacts from the Disneyland Country Bear Jamboree. The first is the cover to the press kit for the opening of the newest land at Disneyland, Bear Country. The front cover features the wonderful Marc Davis drawing of the Five Bear Rugs. Unfortunately all I found was just the cover, none of the interior press releases or images. The second piece is the no strollers sign that once was outside of the Country Bear Playhouse. This is the second version of the sign, the first stating Country Bear Theater. I do like the bear faces for comedy and tragedy at the top. This piece was removed when the demolition for the Winnie the Pooh ride was started and a dealer friend of mine had many signs. (Sorry about the slight out of focus on the piece.)

6 comments:

Tangaroa said...

Arrrgh! Where was I when these signs were for sale? Pretty cool.

Major Pepperidge said...

I'd love to find one of those press kits! As for the signs, they are probably out of my league!

DC88SPACELINER75 said...

There are 3 versions of the "Playhouse" sign done thru the late 80's and 90's. Then there's the original version with the Country Bear Jamboree verbage. The Version B & C were rather elborate in the amount of color screens used. The final version was done minus two of the colors. I love 70's Bear Country stuff-- It's funny how the area was suppose to be the late 19th Century in theme--but many of the building-like the Hungry Bear Rest (originally the Golden Bear Lodge) were painted in popular house colors of the day. By-the-way: do you all know WHY the Golden Bear Lodge was changed to the Hungry Bear?? It's really a gross story.

Tangaroa said...

"It's really a gross story."

Tell us! Tell us!

I've never heard this one...

DC88SPACELINER75 said...

When Bear Country opened the restaurant was called the GOLDEN BEAR LODGE-- they had a huge downstairs facility set up to process their own beef for the park--they used to even serve a steak sandwhich there--they also ground all their own beef for the hamburgers in Disneyland:Anyway-after about a years worth of blood seeping into the UNSEALED grout to the floor tiles, cracks opned up an the building had a MASSIVE FLY problem--because of all the maggots
feeding on the seeping blood below--the building was shut down and they removed the meat processing stuff and were not allowed to to it there--hoping to make people forget what happened-they changed the name to the HUNGRY BEAR!

ZuluMagoo said...

Hey Patrick - I gave away a copy of a similar press kit to Paul J. Barrie for use on his Country Bear Playhouse website. It had tons of information inside, not only about the bears, but also about the architecture, landscaping, themeing, costumes, etc for Bear Country.

I checked his website today and he lists it as a 70's manual (coming soon). I wonder why it is not posted, that was several years ago?