|Riding the Tender on the Disneyland Railroad|
We were very happy to hear Disney will have trains parked at both the Main Street and New Orleans Square Stations during the construction so folks will have a chance to see them up close. Having the chance to speak with engineers about the trains will be a treat and not something many guests have had the chance to do in the past. it helps make up for the year-long closure. I remember there used to be a spot on Main Street where you could get your photo taken on a model of the back of the Lily Belle in period costume. That would be fun to bring back even if only as a photo spot.
|Disneyland Railroad at the Main Street Station|
|Canoes on the Rivers of America|
Walking around the rivers we arrived at Big Thunder Ranch just in time for lunch. Our family always has one meal here during our visit…or we did. This is the spot we will miss the most. Where will we get our shareable S’Mores Bake or Hubby’s favorite cornbread now? Seriously, this was a great spot for a family style meal. A bit away from the crowd where the kids could run around and visit the animals in the petting zoo. The entertainment was fun too…in a corny sort of way.
|S’mores Bake at Big Thunder Ranch|
|Hubby’s favorite cornbread at Big Thunder Ranch|
|Mickey piloting the Mark Twain during Fantasmic|
So here we are. Saying goodbye to Big Thunder Ranch but eagerly anticipating what is to come. The artist’s rendering of the new Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad complete with trestle bridge are amazing. And as huge Star Wars fans (I must be, I stayed mostly awake for over 20 hours at the marathon at El Capitan!) we can’t wait to visit the new land in 2017!
|Artist’s rendering of the new Rivers of America waterfront and Disneyland Railroad from the Disney Parks Blog|