Bye Bye Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Located directly behind “The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness” in Frontierland, the soon-to-be demolished Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is home to year round festivities, a family style restaurant, and a petting zoo. Though often closed, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree opens for special Disney events and holidays. When Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is open, games, exclusive character meet-and-greets, and performances entertain the crowd around. You are sure to run into more of Disney’s Sensational Six characters, such as Mickey and Minnie, dressed in outfits appropriate for the celebration, at the Jamboree than any other place in the park. It’s not usually crowded, so the Jamboree creates the perfect picture opportunities with your favorite Disney classics.

No longer will tourists and locals join together there during the holidays for picnics and crafts, because on January 10, 2016 Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree permanently closes, and construction for the Star Wars-themed land begins. The horses stabled behind Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will be relocated to a nearby off-property location, according to Disney Officials, but nothing was said about the other animals inhabiting the petting zoo.

The closing date for Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree marks the temporary closing date for many other attractions as well: the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Sailing Ship Columbia, the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and the Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. Fantasmic, a thirty-minute water-work, and firework spectacular featuring heroes, villains, and princesses, will also not show due to the partial draining of the Rivers of America. These popular attractions will be closed for more than a year, and Disney Officials have not set a date on when they plan to finish the new land, or re-open the closed attractions.

Parade hosted during Halloween time at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree
Parade hosted during Halloween time at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

The Origin of D23 & Their Big Announcement about Star Wars-Themed Lands

Walt Disney stepped foot in California in August 1923 with $40, a few outfits, drawing materials and a dream. Walt and his brother, Roy, founded The Walt Disney Company, originally known as The Disney Brothers Studio, just two months after his arrival, by signing a contract to produce a series of animated cartoons – Alice Comedies. 1923 was a monumental year for Walt Disney, which explains where “D23” comes from: “D” stands for Disney, while “23” stands for 1923. D23 is the Official Disney Fan Club, created in 2009.

Biannually, the D23 Disney fandom holds a convention, D23 EXPO, at the Anaheim Convention Center in California to expose what the future holds for The Walt Disney Company. D23 EXPO reveals some of the biggest events to come, such as: new movies, new parks, and new rides. In August 2015, The Walt Disney Company announced the addition of Star Wars-themed lands to both Disneyland in California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. The news spread like wildfire across the Internet, leaving Disney and Star Wars fans everywhere more excited than ever before. At 14-acres each, the Star Wars-themed lands individually create the largest single themed land expansion ever obtained by any of the Disney Parks, according to Social Media Director, Erin Grover.

With the first movie of the third trilogy coming out on December 18th of this year, the announcement of the new Star Wars-themed lands dropped at the perfect time to create a buzz throughout the community just before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Welcome Fellow Disney Enthusiasts

I’m here to inform you on all things Disneyland related. Often my posts will be focusing on interesting Disney history, and facts regarding Walt and Disneyland. Also, I am looking towards the future of Disneyland. I want to keep you updated on the upcoming dreams, and goals Imagineers (people who devise attractions at Disney theme parks) are constantly thinking up for Disneyland’s future. As a strong supporter of The Happiest Place on Earth, I will consistently compose Disney related news for the benefit of anyone interested in the past, present, and future of Disneyland.

On July 17, 1955, the park opened up for the first time ever for the "International Press Preview" event, which was by invite only.
On July 17, 1955, the park opened up for the first time ever for the “International Press Preview” event, which was by invite only.