Review: Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ

Summer is here and Disney Parks Blog kicked it off with a bang hosting a BBQ for 300 of its readers. If you follow Disney Parks Blog on Twitter, Facebook, or subscribe to their blog, then you know about these awesome meetups that you can either sign up for, enter a raffle to attend, or are for Annual Passholders only. But they do fill up rather quickly. This Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ reached capacity in under 5 minutes. Luckily I signed up just in time to get in invite and was able to bring one guest.

DPB Summer BBQ

Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meetup

I’ve been to many Disney Parks Blog events but none quite like this. This event included a 1-Day park ticket to Disneyland for that day, an All-You-Can-Eat BBQ, entertainment provided by Miss Chris and her 3 piece band, games for the kids, face painting, Disneyland artists drawing your favorite Disney character, caricature, and name with your character style, and cowboy magician, and of course Mickey and Minnie. But wait, their’s more. each guest received a raffle ticket, an acrylic mason jar Disneyland Resort cup with candy inside as a thank you gift, a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a time slot only for Disney Parks Blog guest to visit Captain America, and a priority viewing for the “Magical” fireworks show later that night. Unbelievable!

Big Thunder Ranch

Big Thunder Ranch

The event was held in the Big Country Jamboree Banquet area behind Thunder Mountain and the petting zoo in Frontierland. Once inside approached a line of buffet tables. Our BBQ menu was simple with just a couple item, some of which you can get at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ which is right next door. Our menu was decided by our host and Disneyland Resort Social Media Director, Erin Glover who grew up in the Midwest which the menu was inspired from.

Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meetup food

Delicious food!

Please do not eat your computer or device. I am not responsible for bite marks. Our menu included sauted green beans and cauliflower, sweet coleslaw and a macaroni salad, roasted red potato wedges with onions and seasonings which were quite tasty and flavorful, oven cook sliced beef sitting in a tangy BBQ sauce with bread rolls on the side to make a BBQ beef sandwich, and roasted BBQ chicken with green onions. I wasn’t to happy with the BBQ beef as the meat had an over cooked crumble texture but the sauce made up for it. As for the chicken? I’ve ever had chicken so moist and juicy that shreds in your mouth the way it did. A definite winner in my book.

DPB Summer BBQ Meetup desserts

The yummy desserts available!

And for dessert they offered mini apple or cherry pies, and a slice of chocolate cheesecake brownies.

And what Disney BBQ wouldn’t be complete without a Hoe-Down with Mickey, Minnie, and a rare Disney character that is seen, Horace Horsecollar. A great way to end the BBQ. My thanks again to Disney Parks Blog for this Summer BBQ Meetup. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for the lastest Disneyland news and trip reports. And listen to for me on Sorcerer Radio during Disneyland Magic with your host Will Hershey Wednesdays at 8am and 7pm EST.

Big Thunder Ranch - Mickey and Minnie with Bubba

Big Bubba with Mickey and Minnie dressed in their frontier-style clothes

About Bubba Alvarez

To all who come to read about Disneyland, Welcome! I am the new co-host of the Dining At Disney podcast ( and a Disneyland correspondent for Sorcerer Radio (, a Signature Plus Disneyland Annual Passholder, a D23 gold member, a Former Cast Member and Disney College Program Alum, and a future Club 33 member. I've work in the restaurant industry for over 15 years. I've done it all from dishwasher to manager so I know what to look for when it comes to food and service. Whether it's the Churro cart in Tomorrowland or Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square I would love to share my opinion with you, our loyal listeners. I'm married to a beautiful, fellow Disney lover Taylor who is also a former Disneyland cast member. Plus I'm also a huge Marvel and Star Wars geek. Basically, I LOVE all things Disney!

One Thought on “Review: Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ

  1. Theresa Vester on 1 July, 2014 at 11:21 am said:

    Very cool article Bubba. You always have loads of fun. Thank you for sharing this experience.

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