With tonight being the final evening of performances for the Country Bear Jamboree at Magic Kingdom before it closes to be reimagined into the Country Bear Musical Jamboree, it seems that the bears have gotten a bit of stage fright — both the Henry and Liver Lips animatronics have begun malfunctioning, freezing up mid-show.
Henry and Liver Lips Animatronics Broken on Closing Night of Country Bear Jamboree
We saw this malfunction as it was happening, and Henry was shown frozen in place. His arms were outstretched and his mouth did not move, but his audio could still be heard as he introduced The Five Bear Rugs.
Normally, this kind of issue would cause the attraction to close, as Henry is a major part of the show. But with just a couple of shows left between the malfunction and closing time, it appears that the show must go on.
You can see our video of Henry freezing up below:
Liver Lips McGrowl (soon to be renamed Romeo McGrowl) also had an issue in which his animatronic completely stopped moving, but his audio continued. The crowd even helped him out by singing along. We also got video of his malfunction:
Following the malfunction, Cast Members announced that the bears were feeling “nervous” and that guests’ wait to catch the final Country Bear Jamboree shows may be longer than expected. As of 8:50 p.m. ET, the line to get in to see the bears’ final show has been cut off due to “technical difficulties.”
Here’s hoping that the Country Bears can get through their final performance without a hitch!