Big Thunder Ranch is “back from Yesterland.”
Big Thunder Ranch opened in Disneyland in June 1986 on land that
had once been part of the Mine Train through Natures Wonderland.
Big Thunder Ranch closed in early 1996 to make way for the Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fools
outdoor theater spectacular.
Big Thunder Barbecue became the Festival of Foods.
The menu and the overall experience stayed about the same
(although disney.com suggested that Big Thunder Barbecue
had been “transformed into a Medieval Parisian seating
arena”Medieval Paris must have looked a lot like a Western ranch).
The Festival of Foods reverted to Big Thunder Barbecue.
Big Thunder Ranch is once again open during the daytime, and there are
once again animals on display. The area is now hosted
by Brawny. The Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fools arena is used
for occasional group events, such as corporate parties.