Frontierland Introduction at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park

by josh on May 14, 2010

Frontierland is located in the northwest corner of the Magic Kingdom, above Adventureland and to the left of Liberty Square.  The theme is the American Wild West in the early 1800s, which should be evident from the saloons (that don’t serve alcohol), red rock buttes, log buildings, and general cowboy and Indian vibe.  Frontierland is one of the most popular sections of the Magic Kingdom, despite only having two rides, a dated animatronics show, and an exploration and playground area.

This popularity, of course, is due to the fact that those two rides are Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which are among the best rides in all of Disney World.  Country Bear Jamboree, the 15 minute audio-animatronics show starring a variety of robotic wildlife, will serve as a nice air-conditioned break, but may not be worth visiting if you’re short on time.  Only accessible via a raft, Tom Sawyer’s Island is located in the middle of the Rivers of America.  On the Island, you’ll find a large fort-themed playground for kids, caves and wilderness to explore, and plenty of benches to relax on while enjoying time away from the hustle and bustle of the world’s most popular theme park.

Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Café is Frontierland’s main counter service and one of the three best at the Magic Kingdom, although it’s probably third on that list behind Columbia Harbor House and Cosmic Ray’s.  Visit primarily for hamburger/wrap/salad fare.  Of course, shops outnumber attractions or places to eat.  You’ll find five shops offering the usual merchandise as well as Old West themed goods.

Must visit: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain

Visit in the afternoon or whenever you need a break from walking: Country Bear Jamboree, Tom Sawyer Island

FASTPASS Available: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain

Morning Extra Magic Hours: None

Evening Extra Magic Hours: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain

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