Springtime Roundup at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch

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Welcome aboard the Magical Blogorail Green. Today we are talking about the best Character interaction in the Disney Parks and on the Disney Cruise Line.


It’s the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch! Starting March 20th, 2015, the Springtime Roundup returns to the Big Thunder Jamboree area in Frontierland. According to the Disney Parks Blog“Several times each day, a group of dancing cowboys and cowgirls comes together for a lively hoedown and “bunny hop” that will get you off your feet and joining right in. Springtime Roundup brings all that excitement, plus fresh spring talent from Disney Performing Arts, egg decorating demonstrations, fun crafts, yummy treats and more.”

Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch  Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch  Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch

My family visited Disneyland last year during the very first Springtime Roundup in 2014 and enjoyed the beautiful spring decor and Character meet n’ greets. In the Big Thunder Ranch area, my daughter met up with Jessie. Once inside the Jamboree area we met with Roger Rabbit, Rabbit from “Winnie the Pooh” and Br’er Bear. Pluto, wearing bunny ears, and Baloo from Jungle Book came out to dance while there was singing and piano music.

Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch  Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch

And of course, Minnie Mouse. This was one of the very best character engagements we’ve ever had at the Parks. The PhotoPass photographer must have snapped about 50 shots!

Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch  Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch

Minnie was completely smitten with my son and she swept him off his feet! Within minutes they took off together, hand in hand to explore the Jamboree area. It was decorated so beautifully for springtime. You can see in these photos the expansive space and the pretty flowers decorated throughout the area.

Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch  Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch

Minnie and Dillon wandered the Jamboree, “smelling” the flowers and tossing apples to each other. They ended on a bench, playing peek-a-boo under the picnic table! It was a moment that we cherish.

Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch

Because this area is rather tucked away, it just doesn’t seem to get as crowded as the Character meet n’ greets in other areas of the Park. The Big Thunder Jamboree area is behind the petting zoo, so to find it walk past the goats and keep going into the back section. There is a stage area, picnic benches in the shade and snacks for sale.

Springtime Roundup at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch

Minnie, looking adoringly at my son!

This year, expected to make appearances are Thumper, Br’er Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, the White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland,” and Rabbit from “Winnie the Pooh.” And most certainly the Easter Bunny (but only through Easter Sunday, April 5).

The Springtime Roundup happens every day until April 12th and then on weekends only until June 7th. Hop on over before it’s gone!


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