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Frontierland is one of the themed lands at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. It is among the park's original lands.

History

Magic Kingdom's Frontierland opened in 1971 together with the park. The instance began with only three attractions: the Walt Disney World Railroad station, Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes (but closed in 1994), and the world debut of Country Bear Jamboree. Tom Sawyer Island opened in 1973. The northwestern end of the park was supposed to receive a massive, pavilion-style "E ticket" attraction complex known as Thunder Mesa, with the headlining attraction being Western River Expedition. However factors relating to budget, the 1970s oil shortage, and guest demand for Pirates of the Caribbean lead to this project being cancelled. The area sat empty until Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, an attraction spun off from a runaway train ride portion of the Thunder Mesa concept, opened in 1980.

Few changes would be made over the next decade. Construction of Splash Mountain began in 1991, and the western end of the land with the exception of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was demolished and rebuilt from scratch, including the existing Walt Disney World Railroad station and parade access road. Splash Mountain and a new two-story railroad station opened in October 1993. Frontierland borders Adventureland on the south, Liberty Square on the east, and the Rivers of America on the north.

Design

Together with Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom's Frontierland was designed to be a chronological and geographical trip across America, with Frontierland roughly spanning from 1790 to 1880. This architectural journey through time includes:

  • Early 1800s St. Louis - DIamond Horseshoe Saloon, at the border between the two lands and representing the transition between East and West.
  • Mid-1800s Colorado Rockies - The Country Bear Jamboree's Grizzly Hall
  • 1860s-1870s American Southwest - Pecos Bill's Saloon and other buildings. The corridor to Adventureland takes on more of a Mexican influence to transition into the Spanish Colonial setting of Caribbean Plaza.
  • 1870s Southern - Splash Mountain, admittedly a detour from the original design intent that had originally been planned with Thunder Mesa in mind. The Florida version of the attraction was given more of a deep red clay quality to visually blend with Big Thunder and evoke the soils of Texas.
  • 1880s Arizona - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, representing Monument Valley.

Attractions

Former

Entertainment

  • Frontierland Band
  • Frontierland Hoedown Happening

Former

  • Tiana's Showboat Jubilee! (2009)
  • Woody's Cowboy Camp

Restaurants

  • The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe
  • Westward Ho

Former Restaurants

  • Aunt Polly's Dockside Inn

Shopping

  • Big Al's
  • Briar Patch
  • Frontier Trading Post
  • Prairie Outpost and Supply

Trivia

  • It was featured in The Muppets at Walt Disney World, when Fozzie Bear and his mother performed a comedy routine to get some cash.
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Main Street, U.S.A.
Walt Disney World RailroadMain Street VehiclesDapper DansNight of Joy
Fantasyland
Cinderella CastleIt's a Small WorldPeter Pan's FlightMickey's PhilharMagicPrince Charming Regal CarrouselDumbo the Flying ElephantThe Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohMad Tea PartyThe Great GoofiniCinderella's Royal TablePinocchio Village HausSword in the StoneSeven Dwarfs Mine TrainAriel's GrottoUnder the Sea: Journey of the Little MermaidBe Our Guest RestaurantEnchanted Tales with BellePrincess Fairytale HallPete's Silly SideshowThe BarnstormerCasey Jr. Splash and Soak Station
Adventureland
Swiss Family TreehouseThe Magic Carpets of AladdinWalt Disney's Enchanted Tiki RoomJungle CruisePirates of the CaribbeanPirates LeagueA Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas

Seasonal: Jingle Cruise

Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland SpeedwaySpace MountainAstro OrbiterTomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMoverCarousel of ProgressBuzz Lightyear's Space Ranger SpinMonsters, Inc. Laugh FloorPush the Talking Trash Can
Frontierland
Splash MountainBig Thunder Mountain RailroadTom Sawyer IslandCountry Bear JamboreeFrontierland Shootin' Arcade
Liberty Square
The Hall of PresidentsLiberty Square RiverboatThe Haunted MansionMemento Mori
Current Entertainment
Festival of Fantasy ParadeMickey's Royal Friendship FaireHappily Ever AfterMove It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street PartyOnce Upon a Time

Seasonal: A Frozen Holiday WishDisney's Celebrate AmericaMickey's Boo To You Halloween ParadeA Totally Tomorrowland ChristmasMickey's Once Upon a Christmastime ParadeMickey's Most Merriest CelebrationHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularDisney's Not So Spooky Spectacular • Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks • Villain Cursed Caravan

Former Attractions and Entertainment
Mickey's Toontown Fair (Donald's BoatMickey's Country HouseThe BarnstormerMinnie's House) • Mickey Mania ParadeMain Street Electrical ParadeCelebrate A Dream Come True ParadeCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabrationThe Magic, the Memories and YouWishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney DreamsMike Fink Keel BoatsThe Muppets Present... Great Moments in American HistoryDavy Crockett's Explorer CanoesCircle-Vision 360°SkywayMission to MarsExtraTERRORestrial Alien EncounterIf You Had WingsDelta DreamflightPixie HollowThe Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle BoatsThe Legend of the Lion KingMickey Mouse Revue20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine VoyagePooh's Playful SpotSnow White's AdventuresSnow White's Scary AdventuresMagic JourneysMr. Toad's Wild RideThe Walt Disney StoryPlaza Swan BoatsElectrical Water PageantAdmiral Joe Fowler Riverboat

Seasonal: Disney's Magical Moments ParadeDream Along with MickeyCelebrate the MagicHappy Hallowishes • Holiday Wishes • Celebrate the Holidays • Country Bear Vacation HoedownCountry Bear Christmas SpecialVillains Mix and Mingle

Resorts
Disney's Contemporary ResortDisney's Grand Floridian Resort & SpaDisney's Polynesian ResortDisney's Wilderness Lodge
Upcoming
TRON Lightcycle Run (Opening in 2021)
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