When it was announced at the D23 Expo that Star Wars Land was coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, people have wondered where it was going to be built. When it was announced by the Disneyland Today Twitter account that it would be built in Disneyland where Big Thunder Ranch currently sits the question became, “When will it close and when will work start?” Work could be starting sooner than we thought on the much anticipated addition to Disneyland. It has been reported that over the past week it was announced to cast members that Big Thunder Ranch will be closing on January 11, 2016.
Big Thunder Ranch is currently the home to the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, an outdoor dining venue which features live entertainment and a petting zoo. It should be noted that this does not affect the Big a Thunder Mountain attraction.
It’s very likely that we won’t see demolition of the backstage areas that Star Wars Land will take over until late 2016 or 2017 after the new facilities have been moved to recently purchased property east of Harbor Boulevard. This would give an approximate completion date 2019-2020 for Star Wars Land.
SOURCE: Behind the Thrills