Billy Hill and the Hillbillies have been fixtures of Disneyland for a long time, furnishing guests with delightfully arranged tunes intertwined with a certain hillbilly humor and, shall we say, charm. Tomorrow marks their final performance, ending their tenure of twang and the “train thang”.
I can still recall the first time I caught their show at The Golden Horseshoe in 2005. I stomped my feet, clapped my hands and laughed until my sides ached. I had only just gotten my first annual pass with my parents, so there was a lot of Disneyland I hadn’t experienced. I certainly didn’t know there were entertainment offerings like this. It didn’t take long for the act to become a regular part of visits to the Park.
As with any change at Disneyland, there has been much criticism and sadness. I’m sad to see the act go but I also understand that things change. These performers are so talented, it’s hard to fathom that they’ll ride off into the sunset tomorrow evening. I expect we’ll be seeing them again, even if not working for the mouse. Until then, happy trails guys. Thanks for the years of memories and entertainment.
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