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8 Favorite Things Found in Frontierland at Walt Disney World

Take a step back in time to the Old West at Frontierland at Magic Kingdom. Frontierland is one of six different lands at Magic Kingdom—each one chock full of rides, attractions, shows, restaurants and shops. Here are 8 things you’ll find at Frontierland that make it one of the most adventurous lands at Magic Kingdom.

8. Big Thunder Mountain

Lots of theme parks have a runaway mine train—but not like Frontierland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! One of the infamous “mountains” of Magic Kingdom, Big Thunder has a heavy and steady following. Legend has it that this neck of the woods is haunted. And from the looks of the ghost town called Tumbleweed, we think we might just believe the legend! Board your mine cart deep in the mine and zoom past bedrock and cacti, race under a waterfall and past giant rock formations! But be careful not to awaken any evil in this eerie old haunted mining town! If you’re brave enough to enter the mine, you’ll want to have a FastPass+ time at which to do so—especially during peak seasons in the park.

7. Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

In Frontierland, you’ll find the Shootin’ Arcade, where you and your posse can test your marksmanship and skill in a shootout set in Tombstone, Arizona, with a replica .54-caliber Hawkins buffalo rifle. To ensure the safety of all Guests and Cast Members, no pellets or projectiles are used in the guns—instead, infrared technology is used, and when a target is hit, it lights up and makes sounds to alert you that your aim was spot on! At the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, you can shoot at jars, cacti, a bank, a jail, a hotel and more. To play, you’ll need some spare change—one credit will cost you two quarters and entitle you to about 25 shots in the arcade. Are you up for the challenge in this fun family shootout?

6. Tom Sawyer Island

This attraction is great for kids and kids at heart. Guests can get to Tom Sawyer’s Island in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom by boarding a log raft and crossing the Rivers of America. Once there, Guests disembark and enjoy a self-guided tour of the island that gets its creative outdoor inspiration from the works of Mark Twain. Explorers will be excited to see Injun Joe’s Cave. Or they can visit Old Scratch’s Mystery Mine and step across an old barrel foot-bridge. Before you head back across the river, be sure to check out the old fort as well.

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5. Splash Mountain

This log flume ride inside Frontierland at Magic Kingdom isn’t like log rides you’ll find at other theme and amusement parks. In this attraction, over 100 audio-animatronic animals sing and dance and tell the story of Disney’s Song of the South. Brer Rabbit takes Guests through the bayou in search of his “laughing place.” While he’s searching for the laughing place, Brer Fox and Brer Bear are searching for him! Several small drops have Guests thinking the next one is the big one—the 5-story drop down Splash Mountain. Beware the vultures talking about the “laughing place.” The next drop just might be the big one!

4. Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Café

Pecos Bill’s is arguably one of the best quick-service restaurants at Magic Kingdom. It’s housed in what looks like a saloon from the Old West. It’s much larger than you might realize from the outside—and it’s quite popular! The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and offers choices like fajitas with all the fixin’s, a Southwest salad, chicken nachos, rice bowls with beef, burgers and jerk chicken lettuce wraps. There are vegetarian options like a plant-based burger, veggie nachos and even a veggie rice bowl. Pecos Bill’s even offers a full menu of gluten- and wheat-friendly options for you to enjoy.

3. Country Bear Jamboree

Step inside Grizzly Hall—an old frontier cabin—and get ready for a silly stage show starring 18 hillbilly audio-animatronic bears! The Country Bear Jamboree is a knee-slapping good time for everyone in the family. You’ll enjoy the southern hospitality of this show, as well as the bears’ talents as they present a musical revue of several country and western favorites. The show lasts 16 minutes and takes place on five different stages. Because the theater can accommodate lots of Guests, there’s never a long wait to experience the fun!

2. Frontier Trading Post

This shop—or trading post—is hidden at Frontierland. Blink and you might miss it! The Frontier Trading Post is considered a mecca for pin trading and pin shopping. If you’re into pin trading at Disney World, be sure to make this one of your stops at Magic Kingdom. There is also western and Native American wear available for purchase.

1. Golden Oak Outpost

You can walk up to this pick-up window on the backside of Frontierland along the walkway to Adventureland. This quick-service venue serves up choices like chicken breast nuggets and waffle fries, spicy fried cauliflower (served with Golden Oak Outpost sauce), jalapeno poppers and chili queso fries. If it’s a sweltering day outside, try the Dulce de Leche milkshake, Rocky Road milkshake or the Desert Pear Lemonade slushy.

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.