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    Big Thunder Ranch

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This attraction's final day of operation was January 10, 2016.
The information below is provided for historical reference.

Description And Comments

The Big Thunder Ranch is home to a petting zoo and Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue. Highlights include pungent pygmy petting goats and Miss Chris's cabin of coloring activities and equestrian Disney memorabilia.

The Ranch also receives thorough Halloween and holiday overlays. Prior to Halloween there are cast members carving pumpkins, and the Ranch is decked out with scarecrows and spooky decorations. During the holiday season Mr. and Mrs. Claus appear for meet and greets in the barn as part of the Jingle Jangle Jamboree while Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies provide musical entertainment.

Touring Tips

While it may take you a few minutes to bolster the courage to pet one of the Ranch's many goats, there are very few crowds here all day, even on the busiest of days.

Special Needs

Disney Dish with Jim Hill


Big Thunder Ranch sits on the backside of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad along a quiet path that connects Fantasyland and Frontierland. In the past, the ranch has been used as a barbecue restaurant and as a petting farm. The Imagineers have a boxcar of plans for this relatively quiet corner of the park. Too many, in fact. Here are just a few of the ideas currently under consideration:

  • A Woody's Roundup area, which would celebrate the cowboy toy from Pixar's popular Toy Story series. Preliminary plans call for a Bullseye the Horse-themed carousel, a Jessie the Cowgirl Tornado Twirl spinning attraction, and a dark ride that would be themed around this trio of characters.
  • A Lone Ranger stunt show, which would be built around various characters and action scenes from Disney's upcoming big-screen western. Striving to introduce a whole new generation to the Masked Man and his faithful Indian companion, the film will reunite the writers, producer, and director of the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean series.
  • Geyser Mountain, a brand-new thrill ride that would use the technology developed for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, only this time around, instead of dropping down an elevator shaft, you'd be propelled high in the air as your ride vehicle is blasted with a water jet from a super-geyser.

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