Big Thunder Ranch

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Big Thunder Ranch entrance

Big Thunder Ranch is an attraction at Disneyland. It includes an outdoor petting zoo, a walk-through cabin, and a variety of scenery meant to create the atmosphere of a Western ranch. It is located in Frontierland, close to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Inside you can find sheep, goats, cows, and other farm animals. Among these animals are the two turkeys who received presidential pardons in honor of Thanksgiving in 2008.[1] The attraction is hosted by Brawny.

Big Thunder Ranch has an eating area, once called the Big Thunder Barbecue, as well as an outdoor stage that once served as a home for the Hunchback of Notre Dame dinner show. The show ended in the late 1990s, with Big Thunder Barbecue closing soon after. It also hosted the Billy Hill and the Hillbillies show from after they left the Golden Horseshoe Saloon until they were fired by Disney and went to Knotts Berry Farm, on January 6th 2014. After being used on occasion for special events and seasonal attractions for several years, the dining area reopened in spring 2009 serving seasonal confections and an all-you-can-eat American-style barbecue menu.

The log cabin is called "Miss Chris's Cabin" and has two large tables stocked with baskets of crayons and coloring pages.

The entire ranch rotates through seasonal-appropriate decorations:

  • Summertime Roundup decorations features summer flowers, eagles, and red/white/blue color motives.
  • Autumntime Roundup decorations features fall flowers, carved pumpkins, and orange/brown/yellow color motives.
  • Wintertime Roundup decorations features winter flowers, snow, and red/green/blue color motives.
  • Springtime Roundup decorations features spring flowers, baby animals, and purple/yellow/green color motives.

The ranch often hosts seasonal and holiday-themed shows, including "Woody's All-American Roundup" during Fourth of July events, "Woody's Halloween Roundup"' during Halloween events, and "Santa's Reindeer Roundup" during Christmas events.


  1. ^ French, Sally. "President Bush pardons turkeys to be sent to Disneyland". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 

Coordinates: 33°48′51″N 117°55′13″W / 33.8143°N 117.9204°W / 33.8143; -117.9204