I have eaten a large portion of the gingerbread man my son decorated at preschool. Does that make me a bad person? Please say no. In my defense, he didn’t even finish the first piece of it he got and clearly did not like it. So that makes it okay. Right?
Way at the back of the park in Frontierland is the Big Thunder BBQ. It’s a rather expensive eating spot with all-you-care-to-eat ribs and BBQ chicken. I’ve never eaten there, but I’ve heard it’s good.
But during the various holiday season it transforms.
Back in the day when I worked at Downtown Disney and was considered a cast member, we got to attend the cast member Christmas party, and at said party, this area hosted a cookie decorating station.
See, it all comes back around. I bet you were wondering what my eating Theo’s cookie had to do with Disneyland, so there ya go.
There are extensive decorations.
It's a wagon and stuff
My mother-in-law makes quilts. Hers are kickass.
Apropos of nothing, I just looked up a recipe for figgy pudding. No thanks.
Anyway, Big Thunder Ranch BBQ also has a small stage which hosts a lot of fun little acts.
Country Christmas Round-Up
Closer shot of the stage and performers
Like most Disney performances, the Reindeer Round-Up is participatory to children brave enough to climb on stage. This time they were learning how to sing “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
Up on the rooftop, reindeer paws
There’s a pianist accompanying the whole thing
He also sings. He's multi-talented!
The kids are then left to perform by themselves, and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.
Some of these brave kids were younger than Theo!
Disney doesn’t forget any detail
I love this
The dude with the guitar also performs
Dude with the guitar
And the seating area is also decorated
It actually looks better than in this picture
And then your crucial piece of information–the bathroom
It's even Frontierland themed!
I mention this because this bathroom received The Happiest Potties On Earth’s highest rating. The only other potties to achieve this rating are the ones in Club 33!
You will definitely want to pee here
Along with the general entertainment, awesome bathroom, and atmosphere, there’s animals!
Reindeer! Presumably flightless.
Santa also hides back here, but I’m going to bring Theo to see him, so you’ll just have to wait for the pictures ;).
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I think I’ve been living in Alberta too long…when I saw “BBQ” and “Reindeer Roundup” my first thought was “eep, do they include Rudolph on the menu???”.
We had my birthday lunch at the BBQ and it was very very tasty…..of course we truly ate our fill and I think they even boxed up the rest on the table for us to take. We took Katie to see the Santa and it was the first time she did not cry with Santa….he was fantastic! Hope Theo enjoys it too. The cottage and the rest of the view of the reindeer is worthy of another post 🙂
We’re taking Theo to see Santa back there soon! That’s why I didn’t bother taking any more pictures of the area, reindeer, etc. 🙂