Big Thunder BBQ: Santa’s Reindeer Round-Up

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.

Cool sign

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 paraphernalia

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 ;).



3 responses to “Big Thunder BBQ: Santa’s Reindeer Round-Up

  1. Karlie December 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

    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???”.

  2. Kelli December 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

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