Frontierland at Walt Disney World 101

Frontierland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a land dedicated to the stories of the American Wild West. The land is one of the park’s six areas representing different aspects and settings for some of Disney’s greatest stories. Frontierland began as one of the original lands in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and remains as a fun throwback to simpler times.

Frontierland is where guests can ride in a perilous mine train, enjoy a silly singing bear revue, and tumble down a 50-foot watery drop. The theming is centered around an Old West town in the 19th century and celebrates pioneers, cowboys, and the tall tales that helped shape the American West. The land also features two of Magic Kingdom’s most popular classic attractions. Let’s take a look that everything a cowpoke can rustle up in Frontierland!

Attractions with (FP) accept FastPass, restaurants with (DDP) accept some Disney Dining Plans.

Attractions

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (FP): As you’ll soon find out, “this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”. Guests can take a bumpy and fastpaced train ride in, out, and around the caverns of a haunted gold mine. The ride has a height requirement of 40″ or taller, and can be a bit intense for some smaller guests.
  • Country Bear Jamboree: Here guests can join a colorful cast of singing backwoods bears as they perform a medley of classic and original country tunes. The show features a charming mix of catchy songs and corny humor that many guests find endearing. It also stands as one of the last attractions that Walt Disney helped develop before his passing.
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade: Projectile-free rifle range allowing guests to take aim at nearly 100 targets in an Old West-themed shooting gallery. These rifles use laser technology to zap targets and require a small fee to play.
  • Splash Mountain (FP): Guests can find their “laughing place” as they take a fun and wet journey through the briar patch on this log-flume adventure. The ride features over 100 amusing Audio-Animatronics geese, frogs, raccoons, possums, bees, alligators and other down-home critters. The big draw for this attraction is the 5-story drop at the end which guarantees to get you wet! This ride has a height requirement of 40″ or taller.
  • Tom Sawyer Island: Here guests can travel by log raft to a secret hideaway inspired by the stories of Mark Twain. This open exploration area is a great place to let kids blow off some steam as they check out the island’s suspension bridges, secret mined caves, and frontier fort.

Dining

  • Golden Oak Outpost (DDP): This Quick Service spot serves standard fare like chicken breast nuggets, waffle fries, cookies, and soft drinks.
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (DDP): Guests can dine on Mexican dishes like nachos, chicken fajitas, taco trios, and a Southwest Burger at this popular Quick Service spot. The location also serves tasty mini churros with chocolate dipping sauce.
  • Westward Ho: This Quick Service window serves refreshments like frozen lemonade, cold brew coffee, hot coffee, and tea. Snacks including chips and corn dogs are also available.

Shopping

  • Big Al’s: This kiosk sells frontier themed souvenirs like coonskin caps and cowboy hats as well as a selection of vacation items like sunscreen, hats, and toys.
  • Briar Patch: This gift shop is located near Splash Mountain and sells items themed after Splash and Big Thunder Mountain.
  • Frontier Trading Post: Here guests can purchase western and Native American wear as well as a large selection of Disney pins.
  • Prairie Outpost & Supply: This shop sells a large variety of packaged candy as well as cookies and various other sweets.
  • Splashdown Photos: This shop at the exit to Splash Mountain is where guests can purchase copies of their on-ride photos as well as a small selection of standard park souvenirs.

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