Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch Cornbread & France 2020 / by George Geary

With the excitement of the new land since ToonTown in 1992: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening this week at the Disneyland California resort, I thought I would look back..

Big Thunder Ranch

Opened: Summer of 1986

Closed: January 2016

It was a petting zoo, craft area and also Big Thunder Barbecue. I always said at the time it was the best food at the park for the least amount of money. It was a buffet style with a few options. Some of the best smoked ribs mass produced! The ribs had to be smoked 8 hrs prior to opening of the restaurant so if the weather called for rain, the restaurant would close, and all of the pre-smoked ribs and chicken would end up in the Cast members cafeteria’s (The In-Between and the Deck) for a great price. 

 Daily the bakery would make about 800-1200 servings of corn bread. A lot of cornbread to also have to go to the cafeteria’s when it rained out. Some of you know about the iconic corn dogs I created for the parks in the 1980’s. It came from this recipe for the cornbread. A few changed but it is a wonderful cornbread that I have in my baking book.

Big Thunder Ranch is gone, and Star Wars has replaced it. But the recipe for the cornbread is still in my archives. This recipe makes one 9x13-inch pan. Our one recipe would make 15 sheets with each sheet yielding 56 servings.

Here is my original recipe and the one for home use.

Here is my original recipe and the one for home use.

Here is the cornbread recipe. Try it out and let me know how you like it.

Cornbread Recipe

Class of 2019, France Tour

Class of 2019, France Tour

I just returned from a fantastic tour of France. Our 25th year, 32nd season. If you would like information about May 2020, You can email ggeary@aol.com or download the brochure/forms.

Brochure 2020 France

OrderForm 2020 France