Frontierland is the Magic Kingdom region where you may ride the “wildest ride in the wilderness” and have a lot of other rootin’ tootin’ fun! The “wild west” concept is a lot of fun and provides an experience that you won’t find in many other locations. Here are six fascinating facts and secrets about Frontierland:
8Walt Disney came up with the idea for Frontierland.
Walt was a main factor behind the construction of Disneyland’s Frontierland, which has the same theme and concept as the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. “Frontierland. It is here that we learn about our country’s history. Frontier America’s color, romance, and drama as it evolved from wilderness paths to highways, riverboats, railways, and civilization. A homage to the faith, courage, and creativity of our brave forefathers who blazed the pathways that enabled our progress.” Walt Disney Jr. (1955). I’m not sure about you, but I think I like Frontierland even more now than I did before!
7There are several Frontierlands all around the world.
Frontierland may be found at a number of Disney theme parks. We feel that this is due to the entertaining nature of the country and Walt’s impact on its construction. Disneyland in California has a Frontierland, which is the world’s first Frontierland. Then there’s the one in Florida’s Magic Kingdom. One may also be found at Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. The attractions and experiences differ from park to park, but the essence of the lands remains the same. It was not featured in the Shanghai Disneyland launch, but you never know what the future holds.
6Magic Kingdom Frontierland debuted on the first day of the park.
Frontierland was one of the regions included in the Magic Kingdom when it first opened in 1971. Frontierland debuted with three attractions when the park first opened. The attractions included the Walt Disney Railroad (a station where guests could enter/exit the area and view more of it via the train), Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, and Country Bear Jamboree. Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes is no longer in service, having closed in 1994, however, the other two attractions in the Magic Kingdom are still operational today.
5Over the years, more attractions have been added.
There have only been a few attractions installed since the park and property initially opened. Tom Sawyer Island was the first, opening in 1973. It took another 17 years for another attraction to be built to the region. In 1980, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened to the public for the first time. It took another 11 years for Frontierland to get another major attraction, Splash Mountain, which opened in 1992. Since then, there haven’t been many improvements to Frontierland, so perhaps now that Fantasyland has been so thoroughly rebuilt, Frontierland will have a chance for a new attraction for tourists to enjoy.
4Splash Mountain resulted in far more development than just the attraction itself.
When Splash Mountain was built, a lot of work was needed to prepare the land for the new attraction. The whole area of attraction, including the Walt Disney World Railway Station, had to be destroyed. The region was devastated, with the exception of Big Thunder Mountain, was the whole western part of the country. Attracting tourists to experience the Walt Disney World Railroad was subsequently created together with a fresh new two-story train station. There was also a new parade route created to let parade automobiles in and out in the country. This parade path still serves today for parades in the park.
Today, there are just a few eating establishments in Frontierland. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café is a quick-service restaurant near Splash Mountain. There’s also the Diamond Horseshoe, a quick-service restaurant for lunch. The Diamond Horseshoe was a dinner show that included a Western-style revue-style entertainment as part of the regular dinner service. Over the years, the restaurant has evolved into a seasonal site that serves quick-service lunch during peak seasons and will also operate for the table-service evening, but without the Western supper presentation.
There used to be a prominent restaurant on Tom Sawyer Island, but it has since closed. It has also opened and closed seasonally, so we anticipate that it will reopen at some time in the future.
Sid Philips is a father of two and a loving husband. He currently resides in Pennsylvania and has been a fan of Disney since his parents took him there in 1980! Sid has visited multiple Disney parks around the world and loves each one!
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