Yee-haw! It’s time to mosey on over to the back of the park–no, not Toon Town, the other back of the park–for a round-up Jamboree (speaking of which, I haven’t done a Search Engine Roundup in a while, have I?).
So back behind Big Thunder Ranch there’s a big space with a stage. There used to be a Hunchback of Notre Dame stage thing there at one point, but I never saw it. Well, it’s got a new thing now, and that new thing is the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree!
You know, you would think it would occur to me to take pictures of the entrances to things instead of just the things inside of the things, but I forgot, so…
[insert picture of Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree sign here]
The Jamboree consists of three different things: character meet and greet, interesting booths and stuff for kids to do, and performances. The character meet and greet is what initially drew me back there.
Theo was not in the least bit interested in taking this picture
Actually I say “initially drew me back there” because I had heard of this Jamboree thing but hadn’t been over to check it out or anything, and then I get this Facebook message from my friend Kristin, who was like “OMG DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE CHARACTERS ALL OVER THE PLACE FOR PICTURES WITH NO LINES AND IT’S SOMEWHERE BACK BEHIND THE COWS AND STUFF???” Not a direct quote, but that was the gist. And I thought oh yeah, that’s what the Jamboree is!
Theo was so uninterested in taking a picture with Goofy that he wouldn’t even let me put the stroller up next to him, so here’s someone else’s kid interacting with Goofy.
There were a bunch of characters there, all dressed in Western outfits–even Clarabelle the cow and Horace the horse.
While Theo couldn’t be bothered to post for a picture with the characters, he was completely enchanted by this stationary fake cow in the bushes.
He found it so fascinating I felt obliged to take a picture of it.
There were booths of traditional Western-type crafts and such. For example, quiltmaking.
A brief explanation of quilt making, which is to say, making quilts
They were kind of cheating by using machines. They should be sitting their spinning their own wool into thread, then thread into fabric, then fabric into quilts, if they really want authenticity
My mother in law is a fabulous quilter, by the way.
Theo really liked the wood carver.
Explanation of wood carving, which is to say, carving wood
They had a Real Live Woodcarver there, and he was really a nice guy.
Unlike another prominent Disney woodcarver, this one was not carving a wooden boy because he wanted a real son and it was the next best thing
His table of carvings was impressive. Unfortunately, none were for sale.
The Disney characters were awesome!
And look! There’s a Pinocchio! Heh.
For the kids, you could try out twirling a lasso
It was kind of a cheater lasso, really
But Theo’s favorite part was the low-tech one
You could just pick up your free coloring sheet and the little tables had baskets of crayons.
Finally, Theo’s having a good time
The best part was the performance.
Naturally, the music featured…
Farley the Fiddler!
Farley’s awesome, y’all.
The dancers grabbed willing audience participants to do a little country dancing.
A little country dancing
And they had some helpers
It’s Mickey and Minnie, y’all!
Right now the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and I believe in the summer season you’ll find it every day. Check your daily entertainment guide!
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