Golden Horseshoe Revue returns as Big Thunder Mountain closes for refurbishment at Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on January 14, 2013 at 5:05 am with 38 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • JesterMn

    I do not understand the disdain for the Buena Vista store displays. They are a STORE. Of course they have to display their merchandise. What store in their right mind doesn’t? At least they mix it in with some character; we should be thankful for that.

    • Mostly because Imagineering delivered Buena Vista Street with stunning period-appropriate window displays and now we have windows which just look like the local mall. It is sort of a bait and switch sort of a thing.

      • SoarinMatt

        Being a former CM, I can tell you that they probably had guests that were asking about the decor in the front windows and they probably complained to Guest Relations that they couldn’t purchase that stuff, so they had to put merchandise there because it advertises what they actually sell. Seriously, people are like that.

    • JMazz

      Did anyone notice the error on the book “Wind in the the Willows”? That’s TWO “The”!!!
      I am shocked that Disney hasn’t replaced the faux books that have this error. Scroll back and check it out.

      • Lynzer Torte

        Oh, that’s bad….

  • Ravjay12

    Thanks for the great update! The details from the Fantasy Faire are emerging and looking great. Hopefully, Disney will see value in bringing Golden Horseshoe back for good and plus the show. They may even be able to offer a dinner show in the evening. I think they put merchandise in the windows so people would know what’s inside that store. I don’t think it bothers the majority of people walking by them! Let’s not forget what was there before!

  • SFDisneyfan

    Thanks for the update!!!!

    It always boggles my mind how inept the Disney merchandise team is.

    Frankly, they need some new blood and new thinking in that department.

    We have been going to Disneyland religiously the last 6 years now and a lot of the product remains the same. And it wasn’t that great to begin with, in particular, the kitchen stuff.

    I will say their clothing has improved measurably in recent years. Though I am not a fan of much of the DCA branded shirts.

    The area they do a pretty good job on is the higher end collectible items, and that store is a favorite.

    When we first saw those books on Main Street in DCA I was super excited and wanted to buy some from my goddaughters as presents. Yes, kids still read books and people want to buy unique gifts – how come they still are not being sold defies logic.

    And why they don’t have more of the classic cartoon characters from Disney’s early days continues to seem odd. As evidenced by Oswald items, there is strong demand there it seems.

    On a different topic:
    Very jealous about not getting to see the Golden Horseshoe show.

    My hope would be that Disney sees how popular these shows are that they bring them back as maybe sit-down dinners and a show in the future. The place could remain a quick service spot for lunch but have a better menu and take RSVPs for dinner, with the show included in the price.

  • OriginalMousekteer

    To add to the previous comments about the Salute show being more like GHJamboree than GHRevue: There’s also a cost issue involved. This show appears to have a cast of six onstage including one principal (Miss Lilly), whereas GHR had seven, with three principals (Sluefoot Sue, Irish Tenor, and Travelling Salesman/Pecos Bill). Many of the GHR numbers would require more sets and costumes (Police Gazette, especially) and LOTS more rehearsal time (comedy ain’t easy, and timing is key).

    I do think it’s misleading to actually call it a Salute to the GH REVUE, specifically when it is mostly taken from GH Jamboree. And I miss the classic bits from the Revue (Nobody sleeps while I’m on!).

    • SpectroMan

      I think this is spot on: it’s a budgetary decision. Why recreate all those props and backgrounds for just one month? Plus, to get the best talent and only employ them for said month is not easy to do – these people need steady work. A shame, but the truth.

  • Fukai

    There was always audience interaction during the original Golden Horseshoe Revue show, with actors out in the audience. The show is really missing someone doing the Wally Boag part.

  • brianpinsky

    hold on Mater’s South half is down right now. With its north half going down in a few days.

  • disney4me2001

    Another great update! I completely agree with everything you said about the books in the Buena Vista Street windows. I think Disney needs to get permission to print actual copies of the books the covers are portraying and then sell them to guests, or put together a “Disney” version of the story that can go inside. I want those covers for my collection! If the merchandise team isn’t going to proudly display that artwork then I would be happy to!

    • Jafar00

      I would love to have those book covers as nice board posters or tin posters. They would look lovely framed and hung in a home library. Hell i’ll even take the Little Mermaid and Toad designs on a coffee mug. Come on Disney Merch team, pull it together. That 2013 crap is hideous.

  • Marko50

    Thanks for the update. So, how was the food at the Salute dinner show?

  • RodeToad

    Nice spotlight on the book covers

  • Freddie Freelance

    I’m none too crazy about the Kandy Kolored roofing treatment at the Princess Fantasy Faire.