Before & After Look at the Country Bear Musical Jamboree Costume Changes

    Earlier today, Walt Disney World provided a first look at the new costumes that will debut when the Country Bear Musical Jamboree opens on July 17th at Magic Kingdom. In this article, we’re going to take a before/after look at the changes! Note that this list is not necessarily a complete list of characters in the show (we’re looking at you, Melvin, Buff, and Max), but rather a complete list of characters that Disney World has released photos of so far.

    Henry

    The grandson of founder Ursus H. Bear, Henry took over and now serves as the master of bear-emonies. He even helped develop the current show and co-wrote the opening song with the Five Bear Rugs.


    Five Bear Rugs

    Speaking of the Five Bear Rugs, there’s Zeke and Zeb and Ted and Fred and a bear named Tennessee, and they’re all playing with real ol’ country rhythm.


    Trixie 

    One of the Country Bears’ most veteran performers is the one and only Trixie. After trying everything, she eventually found her niche for performing. Now fans can find her singing away with triplets Bunny, Bubbles and Beulah.


    Bunny, Bubbles and Beulah 

    Originally known as The Sun Bonnets, these girls recently turned in their bonnets for Stetsons when they began singing with Trixie around the world, including a sold-out engagement at Royal Ursa Hall.  


    Teddi Barra 

    Not to be outdone by Trixie is The Jewel of the Dakotas, Teddi Barra. Her rise in show biz was meteoric after being discovered in an ice cream parlor.  


    Wendell 

    Wendell, on the other hand, was a frustrated basketball, baseball and football player until Henry invited him to try carrying a tune, and he’s been part of the Country Bears gang ever since. He’s thrilled to finally sing a love song with Teddi, much to the dismay of his old friend Henry. 


    Ernest the Dude 

    Ernest the Dude is one of the best-dressed bears guests will see at Grizzly Hall – he brings his entire wardrobe wherever he goes. For those counting, that’s 17 trunks filled with 30 coats, 40 slacks, 60 shirts, 20 hats and a pair and a half of underwear. 


    Terrence, aka Shaker 

    Ernest and Trixie aren’t the only actors in the bear band. Terrence, aka Shaker, was once a famous theater star until a fall from the balcony in “Romeo and Juliet” brought the house down – literally.  

    Ever since that fateful night, he turned in his tights for a guitar and created a signature dance move that he’s used ever since. Don’t worry about Terrence, though. Despite having a face only a Mama Bear could love – and being perpetually single –  he’s ready to launch his film career.   


    Romeo McGrowl (Renamed)

    Speaking of starting a new chapter, one bear is ready to enter his next era of singing rockabilly. Of course, we’re referring to none other than the Miami Serenader himself, Romeo McGrowl. Romeo used to be named Liver Lips McGrowl, but his name was likely changed due to being a derogatory term.


    Gomer 

    Our resident piano player Gomer also knows a thing or two about rebrands. Having been classically trained since he was a cub, Gomer’s favorite composition before switching to country and western music was “Night on Bear Mountain.”  


    Big Al 

    And of course, what would the Country Bears be without Big Al? There’s music in this bear’s blood, and he’s been playing the guitar since he was a child. 

    He was even the resident bard and balladeer in the swamp before Disney World was built. Coming off his 25th Farewell Tour in cities like Paris (Texas), Hollywood (Florida) and London (Ohio), Big Al is a true legend.   


    The Country Bear Musical Jamboree debuts on July 17th at Magic Kingdom. For a look back at the Country Bear Jamboree, check out our farewell article below, complete with a full, multi-angle video of the former version of the show!

    Country Bear Jamboree Farewell (Full Show Video & Photos)
    We say farewell to the Country Bear Jamboree with plenty of photos and a full show, multi-angle video – as well as a look toward the future!
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