In Which There Was Blood On The Saddle

Country Bear Jamboree

So there I am, minding my own business at my parents’ house. Am I there because in the morning my dad is going to drive me to the airport so I can go to Walt Disney World? I don’t remember. Probably. Statistically likely.

Anyway, I come out of the bathroom next to the computer room and: there it is. I’m briefly uncertain. Is it…? It totally is. I grab it and bring it to my dad. “Do you know who this is???” I demand.

“Sure,” he replies immediately. “That’s Big Al from The Country Bear Jamboree. Your grandfather loved him!”

Big Al bank

Guys. There is a Big Al piggy bank chilling in my parents’ house. That my grandfather bought in WDW! The Country Bears are my family legacy! Who knew? Well, my dad, obviously, so maybe the question is more why didn’t he tell me???

I get the idea this item was pretty common – a brief internet search yields the same model for $20 to $30. I’m guessing it’s from the ’80s but I’m not sure.

On a related note, this car is always parked at the gas station near my ballet studio:

Big Al car

I guess you could say Al and I frequent the same places.

Ever found any random Disney merch in an unexpected place?

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