Big Thunder Ranch BBQ to Close January 11, 2016

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Closing

Fans were sad to hear that as of January 11, 2016, the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ would be permanently closing up shop to make way for the recently announced land based on the Star Wars franchise.

The Big Thunder Ranch BBQ is an outdoor family dining restaurant that offers guests all-you-can-eat BBQ (including some of the best corn bread I’ve ever had) along with live music.

The atmosphere is the perfect tone for an old fashioned family-style dining experience with a little bit of a Disney twist.

The Star Wars inspired land will be constructed just behind Frontierland which unfortunately includes the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ.

If you want to enjoy the venue prior to the closure early next year, be sure to make reservations through Disney dining.


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    • Jordan on August 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I’m so saddened by this decision.. Star Wars Land belongs in DCA, not the perfectly classic Disneyland. I love frequenting Big Thunder Ranch to visit the animals, enjoy a good meal, and visit the Halloween carnival during fall. The imagineers just make this theme park more and more commercial and tacky each year. Great job.

    • Matt on August 27, 2015 at 10:31 am

    So sad. No more endless bucket-o-meat. :'(

    • Brett on August 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t like this decision by Disney. Bugs Land over at DCA is horrible. Why not put the new Star Wars land there? Or get rid of Mickey’s Toon Town and put it there. Big Thunder Ranch is classic Disneyland they are messin’ with!

      • nate on December 24, 2015 at 12:36 am

      did you just say get rid of mickeys toon town??!! your insane

        • TOONTOWN#1 on January 13, 2016 at 11:39 am

        Toon town is mickeys home. Ur stupid for saying that!

    1. You obviously don’t have small children as those are probably the two best places for the 5 and under set.

    • Marilyn on September 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    This just stinks. Big Thunder Ranch is a throwback to when Disneyland was at it’s best, and to take it out is just so disheartening and sad. Star Wars doesn’t even belong in that section of the park. Disneyland needs to buy up some property somewhere else and put it there. Walt Disney would NOT be proud of this.

    • Kat on September 12, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    My whole family is heartbroken by this decision. This is quintessential Disney and should NOT be messed with! Please reconsider! I agree with the other comment put Star Wars land in DCA or Toon Town or build it on another site all its own. Please don’t mess with my favorite area of the park!

      • Marilyn on September 13, 2015 at 12:19 am

      This entire Star Wars thing is going to ruin Frontierland. I have this horrible feeling It’s going to be chipped away until all that’s left is maybe the Golden Horseshoe place. I remember going on the pack mules in this spot when I was a kid. This is just so distressing.

  1. Shouldn’t the Star Wars Land be in Tomorrowland, rather than Frontier Land. Go figure!

    • Faby Gonzalez on September 25, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I’ve been going to Disney for years and this soooo sad,I loved that ranch and the food and petting zoo. Stupid Star Wars…build it somewhere else! Please 🙁

    • Jo on September 25, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Move the BBQ to the front of frontier land…the Mexican food that is their is the same as it is (but not as tasty -?- as the Mexican in California adventure). The BBQ is tasty, unique, and Classic Disney!

      • Marilyn on September 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      That’s actually a good suggestion. I can hardly stand what they’re doing. I’m so afraid they are going to chip away at the best that is Disneyland, till it’s not even recognizable.

    • Ellen on September 26, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Our family loved the BBQ, the friendly staff and the show. So sad to see it close. We have eaten there twice and enjoyed it each time. Boo!

    • Summer on September 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    The first plan for star wars land was a badly needed revamp of tomorrowland. It’s so obvious and perfect that it’s too ‘expected’ and they had to change their minds?! Lunatics have taken over management of Disneyland 🙁

    • Lori Gibson on October 5, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Star Wars doesn’t belong in Frontierland, if it belongs at all? It isn’t Disney & isn’t anything new? Frontierland represents our pioneer history-Star Wars is space of tomorrow ? Like oil & water they certainly do not mix in Frontierland-It’s going to look ridiculous there? This is such a lousy decision that will ruin & unbalance the area… This belongs in Tomorrowland or California Adventure! Thunder Ranch is classic frontier entertainment, dining, animals, family & holiday activities found nowhere else in the park? What an unwise thing for Disney to eliminate!

    • Lori on October 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    IDK why they are even putting Star Wars Land anywhere in the parks? Star Wars is old & outdated & not even a Disney production? Nobody cares about it anymore? Frontierland should stay the way it is, our history of pioneer days!
    How dumb is all this removal of Thunder Ranch ?

  2. I love the BBQ and the peacefulness of the area but this section has felt neglected for a long time. I wish they would have gone more western (maybe if Lone Ranger had success…?). Maybe with a Pocahontas Brave (Merida) dark ride would have fit. Have the RR go through it. Innoventions is going- could have revamped that area between Autopia and Space Mountain for Star Wars.
    Change sucks.

    • Jim on October 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I agree with others that Star Wars does NOT belong in the back of Frontier Land. It isn’t Disney either. Bad decision. The Disney Brass have destroyed the park by trying to use every square inch to make a buck. You can’t walk easily through it anymore.
    I also agree with the idea to get rid of the Mexican place and put the BBQ there. Much better food. We always enjoy a dinner at the BBQ place. all you can eat and drink. You definitely leave full.
    I hope Star Wars is a fad and then a flop for them.

    • Karen Hayes on October 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Iam very sad crying as I writing this iam planning to go nov 23 and 24 I hope my grandkids can see Santa omg it breaks my heart.

    • ABP on October 16, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Boo on Star Wars land!!! Also boo on anyone who says that Rancho del Zocalo (the Mexican restaurant) is not good. It’s, hands down, the best foo din either of the two parks. The Mexican in California Adventure not nearly as good as the Mexican in Disneyland.

    • Andrew Gillespie on November 1, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Worst decision ever. Out of place and time. Why disrupt the classic Disneyland landscape. This is truly a bad decision by Disney Corporate. WWWD?

  3. WWWD? Trud Dat – can’t believe you would touch any of it. Anything for a buck, huh?

    • Ed on January 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    One of the worst ideas from the Disney planners. You are not supposed to close down one of your best and guest favorites. I hope they plan on a Grand Opening in a new location.
    NOT GOOD. and I’m supposed to visit again Jan 17th thru the 21st, 🙁

    • Sandy Moruzzi on January 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Worst decision by the planners – the whole Toon Town area is virtually a facade, why not have move the Star Wars land/attraction there and closer to Tomorrowland? Many families with disabled or special needs children found solace in the Petting Zoo/Thurnder Ranch BBQ area – for many, the only time they would see/touch animals. Now there’s nothing. The old trees, the animals, the log cabin. Not to mention the hazard of transporting the draft horses back and forth each day to the park. Lack of vision, not in keeping with Disney tradition.
    Please consider bringing Thunder Ranch/Petting Zoo back…that would mean a lot to so many.

    • Bill Fleming on January 19, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Big Thunder Ranch BBQ was the best place to have lunch in all of Disneyland. And
    now you closed it !!!!!! What is wrong with you guys. If you are bringing in Star Wars, then
    move Big Thunder BBQ, but don’t close it !!!!!!!

    • Misie Sosa on January 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    This by far is one of the worst decisions made by Disney officials. By adding a flashy new land to Disneyland ruining the best parts of historic Disneyland. One of the best things about Disneyland is the consistency, being able to go to Disneyland and take your family to your favorite locations as you did as a kid. Big Thunder Ranch was a hidden gem. You can go and have a delicious meal priced well for meal at a theme park, and enjoy yourself and your family out of the hustle and bustle of main stream Disney eateries. By far, horrible, horrible news.

    1. I agree and furthermore they will lose guests

    • Get Lost Star Wars on May 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    So sad and disappointed by the decision of star wars land. Needless to say, it will be entirely out of place! Star tours etc. belong in tomorrow land!! What are they thinking? My family and I rode Big Thunder Mtn. yesterday, and we were able to see all the dirt, tractors and rubbish- the result of tearing apart yet another piece of Walt Disney’s Historical park. It turns my stomach. No more horse stables back stage.. And where did all of the feral cats go?? That was their home! Thumbs down…wish star wars would replace the old America Sings building. That would make more sense, rhyme And reason. 8(

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