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Big Thunder Ranch was an attraction at Disneyland. Inside, guests could find sheep, goats, cows and other farm animals. Among these animals were the two turkeys that received presidential pardons in honor of Thanksgiving in 2008.

The attraction closed permanently on January 11, 2016 to make room for Star Wars Land.[1]

Summary

Big Thunder Ranch was located behind Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland, on the site of the Living Desert from Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland, with some of the rockwork still remaining. It included an outdoor petting zoo, Miss Chris's Cabin, a restaurant called Big Thunder Barbecue, large tables stocked with baskets of crayons and coloring pages and scenery meant to create the atmosphere of a Western ranch.

The back of the ranch became the Festival Arena in 1996, where The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fools took place for a few years. After that show ended its run, the Arena was used primarily for private events.

The Festival Arena was transformed into the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in 2012. There, a wide variety of seasonal events took place throughout the year, including the Springtime Roundup during the Spring season, the Halloween Carnival during the Halloween season and the Jingle Jangle Jamboree during the Christmas season. The Jamboree also hosted a number of concerts, guest performers and private events, as well as hosting some of 2013's Limited Time Magic events such as the Long Lost Friends Weeks.

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