By now you’ve probably heard that Big Thunder Ranch is closing early next year to make way for the new Star Wars Land – and this includes the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue! I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to experience this one-of-a-kind Frontierland restaurant, and I don’t want you to miss out on a first, or last, meal at this happy hoedown!
Unique Disney atmosphere!
Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue is unlike any other restaurant in either park. Really, it doesn’t even feel like a restaurant, it feels like a down-home BBQ potluck with friends and family! It’s such a friendly place! Between the great servers, and people watching the other patrons – or sometimes sharing a table with them, and the cute and interactive live country music show put on every 30 minutes or so, it is arguably the most family friendly restaurant in the parks.
The decor totally transports you, I would say almost as much as Blue Bayou – but to a much different place! The outdoor venue, tucked back in the park off the quiet Big Thunder trail right next to the Big Thunder Ranch (where you can take a goat selfie), feels like you truly are out with the cowboys in the frontier. The area is decorated to the hilt, very much like the Big Thunder Ranch next door – and it’s complete with picnic tables covered in red and white checked tableclothes. So gosh darn cute!
Perfect for groups of all types and sizes!
Whether you want to have a small family dinner or a large group hoe-down, they can accommodate – and because it’s all very open you don’t feel like you are split up. And because it’s not a dark, quiet restaurant (like the Blue Bayou) that can sometimes make you feel subconscious about bringing small children to, it’s bright and casual and fun – kids can move about and be entertained.
All-you-can-eat, finger-lickin’ comfort food!
Prepare for a country feast to remember! You get to choose lemonade, tea, or soda served in a mason jar, and for fixins’ you can to dive into a literal bucket of meat – ribs and BBQ chicken, plus beans, coleslaw, cornbread – at dinner, also count on chicken sausage and corn on the cob… delectable desserts are also available if you have any room left! You may think at these prices ($15-$30 for kids, $30-$60 for adults depending on lunch or dinner) you may not be able to eat your money’s worth, but between the atmosphere, live entertainment, AND the mouth-watering, finger-lickin’, deeee-licious, and ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT food, Big Thunder Ranch BBQ really is one of the best dining experiences in the Disneyland Resort and you SHOULD experience it before it’s gone!
We highly suggest you make a reservation! You can go to Disneyland Park Dining online or call (714) 781-DINE (3463) between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM daily (Pacific Time).