Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

 The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is the new performing arts area in Disneyland.  For decades, high school and college choirs, bands and other performing arts groups have been showcased at the Carnation Plaza Gardens  to the left of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.  The Plaza Gardens is undergoing a big rennovation this next year and so this will be the new area to showcase the performing arts.
 To get to the Jamboree, you just walk along the Big Thunder Trail either from the Village Haus in Fantasyland or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland.  Pass through the petting zoo area, or the walkway by the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ.  You'll see the signs.
 There is a big stage for the performances. 
 There are also some things for you to see, quilting, wood carving, learn to twirl a lasso, etc.
 And of course, some of our favorites, the characters in their western get-ups! We found Minnie, but never did find Mikey in any of the three times we ventured back.  Must have missed him every time!
 Chip and Dale are always a good time!  I got hugs and kisses from these crazy chipmunks!
 Matt danced to the high school band's music with the guys.  They jumped right in and kicked up their heels!
 And then posed for this adorable picture without missing a beat!
 Donald was his usual camera hog.  Stepping in front of us to make sure he got top billing.
Gaucho Goofy has some seriously loud chaps and plaid on the day we saw him! 

It's a nice break from the crowds and gives you a little chance to sit down, cool off, meet some characters and take in a performance. Along with the regular characters, we heard that Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar also make an appearance.  

Be sure to stop in to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree the next time you are at the Disneyland Resort!  I believe it will be open until next year when the new Plaza Gardens is revealed.


Susan Stringfellow said...

oh it sounds like a great spot for characters without crazy long lines. Love these photos. I hope you stocked up on some OA Sasparilla to scrap them

Wendy said...

Love these pictures with the characters! Is there a particular time listed when characters come out or is it just one of those take-your-chances kind of thing?