Classic Disney Attraction to Shut Down, Controversial Successor Announced

Magic Kingdom's Frontierland Shootin' Arcade
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Over the past few years, Disney has faced a rebranding of sorts when it comes to many of their rides, attractions, and entertainment offerings. While Disney theme parks have always been considered family-friendly, many of their attractions have not aged incredibly well over the years.

In recent times, attractions like the Country Bear Jamboree and Splash Mountain have received major ride reimaginings to appease modern audiences. Slowly, Disney has begun removing all “problematic” attractions. Now, another such attraction has bitten the dust.

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Frontierland Attraction Announces Closure

Located within Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade attraction captures the essence of the wild frontier with its themed decor and interactive shooting galleries. Guests can step back in time and channel their inner cowboy or cowgirl as they take aim at stationary targets using replica rifles that emit an invisible beam to register hits.

The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade offers a fun and competitive experience for families and friends to enjoy together. As guests come through this detailed recreation of an Old West town, they’ll encounter various shooting galleries featuring different themes and challenges. Whether they are a seasoned marksman or a first-time shooter, there’s something for everyone to appreciate at this classic Disney attraction.

The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is a classic piece of Disney history, dating back to the opening day of the Magic Kingdom. It continues to capture the imagination of guests with its nostalgic charm and timeless appeal.

Unfortunately for Disney, children’s shooting games are not as politically correct as they once were. With gun violence on the rise in the United States, including in schools, this shooting arcade has not aged very well. Now, Disney had made the decision to seal its fate forever.

Magic Kingdom's Frontierland Shootin' Arcade

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DVC Club To Replace Historic Attraction

Disney Vacation Club has recently announced an exciting development for Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park. In an intriguing move, they have disclosed plans to introduce a new member lounge in place of the current Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade.

This transformation signifies a new era for the area as Disney retires yet another opening-day attraction. The forthcoming construction slated to commence this year has generated a buzz among park enthusiasts, eagerly awaiting further specifics from Disney regarding this innovative venture. As of now, it seems the attraction will close permanently this summer.

While some DVC Club members may be excited by this news, general audiences will likely mourn the loss of an attraction, especially an opening day attraction hand-selected by Walt Disney himself. It is hard to tell what the future will hold for other opening-day attractions that may face the same fate at Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade.

About Eva Merrill

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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