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.