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Fantasmic and the Disneyland Railroad to temporarily close for Star Wars land construction at Disneyland Resort

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The new Star Wars themed land will be the largest single-land expansions ever in Disneyland Parks history and construction of this new 14-acre land will have a major impact on some classic Disneyland attractions.

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Closing temporarily at the end of the operating day January 1oth  is both the Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America and all the attractions held there like Fantasmic. Unfortunately The Big Thunder Ranch  will be closing permanently on January 10th.

No set date has been given for these attractions to return but Disneyland officials has said that the work is expected to take up to a year.

Here is a more detailed schedule.

Closing temporrily on January 10th:

The Disneyland Railroad, including all stations

Attractions along the Rivers of America, including:
*“Fantasmic!”
*Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
*Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
*Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Closing permanently on January 10th:

Big Thunder Ranch

*Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue
*Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm
*Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

30 Comments

  1. Alexis

    So sad about Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue closing. Easily the best food in the entire park.

  2. 1023

    Not quite all the information there. Rivers of America will be changed. So will Tom Sawyer Island. So will the railroad experience.

    1. Dave

      That’s a lie.

    2. Michael Wood

      1023, HOW will Rivers of America and Tom Sawers Island be changed? I would expect the railroad to include a sweep through the new Star Wars Land but need more info on the others. Thanks.

  3. Maria

    So unhappy about this! Wish Disney would construct Star Wars in DCA not Disneyland!!!

  4. Stephanie

    This whole thing just makes me want to vomit! Leave Big Thunder Ranch alone! SW land has enough space without taking that away. Greedy land grabber!!

    1. Fred

      “SW land has enough space without taking that away.”

      No it doesn’t. The Star Wars Land will be 14-acres. They need the space.

  5. Spider

    I’m still confused. Exactly what area will Star Wars Land be expanded into?

    1. Fred

      Disney has stated that the Star Wars land will replace Big Thunder Ranch, as well as some nearby backstage areas.

  6. I Love Fantasmic, It’s 1 Of My Favorite Shows @ DisneyLand. I Don’t Want It 2 Go Away.

    1. Fred

      It’s only a temporary closure.

  7. Dave

    More the reason I hope the new movie is a disastrous flop that makes the prequels look great.

    1. Fred

      Would you like some cheese with your sour grapes?

      1. Fred

        …The new movie will definitely be financially successful, that much is obvious.

        Most of these closures are temporary. Losing Big Thunder Ranch is unfortunate, not not really a big deal in the grande scheme of things.

        1. Dave

          From what I’ve seen with the trailers, I already think Episode I is better.

          1. Jenn

            The first trilogy will always be the best ! The force awakens disappointed me

  8. My grandson, JJ, loves the thought of a Star Wars land, but his Grandpa Mike is going to be going through major withdrawal when Fantasmic and the DL Railroad shut down for the construction. These are the two attractions i normally see when I go to DL to watch people and make photographs. When Famtasmic reopens and a year, I hope it has more terrific effects, but NO SCRIPT CHANGES! So, you talented imagineers, please make quick work of it, before you affect my sanity!! Thank you very much!

    1. Trent

      I wouldn’t worry too much about them changing the Fantasmic! script as it’s the same as it’s been since 1992. But God forbid they add Frozen to it….

  9. Lynne

    Which DisneyLand are we talking about here?

    1. David Mullich

      The Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

  10. Andrea

    PHEW! For a moment I thought it was going to happen before our visit! We’re going to Disneyland in a few days and all I want is to see Fantasmic!!!!

  11. Nathan

    “Disneyland will never be complete as long as there is imagination in the world” this has always been the case. Disney also has to Appel to all. Not just is disney historians and classics Disneyland lovers. Thrugh we may it be as happy about the changes as others we must except that this is how things happen there and let new imagination take its corse

  12. Nathan

    “Disneyland will never be complete as long as there is imagination in the world” this has always been the case. Disney also has to Appel to all. Not just is disney historians and classics Disneyland lovers. Thrugh we may it be as happy about the changes as others we must except that this is how things happen there and let new imagination take its corse …

  13. Sydney

    I love Disneyland don’t get me wrong ,but they are taking down so many cool things and turning them into star wars or frozen. Like please keep the old cool things don’t take them away and make them something only people will like for a year… I’m sorry this is just very upsetting to me..

    1. Eric Johnson

      I think it’s smart that Disneyland is getting rid of the old, most unpopular attractions and replacing them with new and exciting attractions that will bring enormous amounts of joy, new experiences, new guests, and revenue into the park. Are you going to stop coming to the park? Probably not. Are there going to be a thousands and thousands of excited guests including nostalgic adults and children that will become in love with the new additions to the Disney family? Totally. I’m just excited that there is going to be more space in the park for people to crowd and more attractions coming that will lessen the crowds everywhere else in the park.

      1. Eric Johnson

        And there’s probably a big chance that 99% of kids and adults coming to the parks with find more excitement in a land of Star Wars and a Frozen spectacular (the current obsessions and loves of almost every single kid right now) more than Canoeing or an all you can eat BBQ. Not saying they were bad attractions I really enjoyed them. I’m just saying that Disneyland imagineers are making extremely smart choices when it comes to updating their parks to fit the wishes of the current Disneyland guest.

  14. Alex

    Does anyone know if fantasmic will be open on Sept 23??

    1. Tisha

      In the chat option on Disneyland’s website, the cast member told me that Fantasmic! won’t reopen until the summer of 2017.

  15. John Frees

    Pretty cool article. Did you see press kit listed on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/222263024587) does it look legit?

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