Critter Country one of the only two lands in Disney history that have changed names. This honey of a place opened in 1972 as Bear Country and was home to the Country Bears, until in 1989 Splash Mountain moved in and the land was renamed Critter Country. This is a very fun land, and though it's small it has lots of stuff to do!
Davy Crockett Explorer
A Cast Member favorite, here you board long dugout canoes and paddle your way around The Rivers of America. And the most commonly asked question about this ride is.....wait for it...."Is it on a track?" No it isn't. Yes, you can tip over (don't try. You'll get ejected from the Park if you do it on purpose). It's a ton of fun and gives you a good workout. Work dem biceps!
USUAL WAIT: 5 minutes at peak times
A Disneyland megahit, most people can't wait on a hot summer day to get on and get wet. Chances are, they'll get a light sprinkling. But hey, that doesn't stop the masses from making lines here 90 minutes long. Oh well. The ride itself follows the adventures and exploits of Brer Rabbit (Disney's Song of the South) as he runs away to his "laughin' place" and consequently, is captured by the wily Brer Fox and the big oaf Brer Bear. Full of drops (not just the big one! There's Slippin' Falls too!) and surprises, guests find this journey lots of fun. And so will you! Unless, of course, you're under 40 inches tall, or the thought of dropping 52 feet doesn't tickle your fancy. It's all great fun and kids will recognize some favorite Disney songs like Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah and How Do You Do. Interesting tidbit: Remember "America Sings!" from the 70s and 80s? Well, most of those critters got a new gig after America Sings! closed in 1988. In 1989, they got feature roles here at Splash Mountain. Look for them...they're EVERYWHERE!
USUAL WAIT: 50-70 minutes at peak times
Splash Mountain is a FASTPASS attraction.
The Country Bear
This Disneyland landmark possibly slated for destruction is a toe tappin' hand clappin' hoedown that makes everyone smile. It's one of my favorites and includes an all-star cast. Henry hosts the show, and some performers include Big Al, Bubbles, Bunny, Beulah, Teddi Barra, Trixie, Wendell, Liverlips McGrowl, The Five Bear Rugs, Gomer and Terrence. The whole thing is great fun and most people love it. However, if you cannot stand country music,. then you are going to hate this AudioAnimatronic presentation. I, for one, absolutely love it and you probably will too. Songs include "Thank God I'm A Country Bear", "California Bears", "Two Different Worlds", "Ghost Riders In The Sky", and "Singin' in the Rain".
USUAL WAIT: 5-10 minutes at peak times
Teddi Barra's Swingin'
Just another arcade where you pay a buck more per game just because you're at Disneyland. So far, the better games are inside The Playhouse.
There are no live shows in Critter Country.
Pooh and Friends
Ok Pooh lovers! Here in Critter Country, from 10am-6pm you can meet Pooh (who usually has a line long enough to scare jagulars), Tigger and Eeyore. I've never seen Piglet, but I've heard that they might bring him in....anyway, Pooh is at The Country Bear Playhouse exit, and Tigger and Eeyore float from Teddi Barra's Swinging Arcade to near the Splash Mountain exit.
The Brer Critters
These characters (Brer Fox, Brer Rabbit & Brer Bear) float around the Rivers of America area, but sometimes are seen near their ride, Splash Mountain. Look for them here, New Orleans Square and Frontierland.
The Briar Patch
The coolest shop in Critter Country, this place stocks Country Bear beanies, Brer Critters stuffed animals and beanies, and lots of other nifty stuff. Hey, check out the sunflowers on the wall...they form a special mouse's head!
The one place in Disneyland that stocks only Pooh stuff. Lots and lots of Pooh stuff. And some Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet stuff. They have some nifty shirts and stuff here. But don't stay too long....
Professor Barnaby Owl's
Photographic Art Studio
Ya know that blinding flash you see when you go down the final drop on Splash Mountain? Your picture was being taken, and here, for a hefty price, you can buy this unflattering souvenir.
The Hungry Bear
Roughly the same restaurant as The Village Haus in Fantasyland, only here you get to sit by the peaceful river. It's one of my favorite eating spots in the Park. $
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