Out of all the themed areas of Magic Kingdom, Frontierland is the closest to the Golden Age of Disney entertainment on television and the silver screen. There are shades of the Old Mickey Mouse Club series and classic Disney films, but the attractions never lose their appeal, especially favorites like Big Thunder Mountain Railway and Splash Mountain. With Discount Disney World Tickets and Disney World vacation packages, the yesteryear of Frontierland is more accessible than ever. Here is what visitors can expect when they step back in time in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland:
- Shopping: Today’s kids might not know about the Davy Crockett features on the 1950s era Mickey Mouse Club TV show, but their grandparents will. Big Al’s stand sells Davy’s coonskin hat and other Frontierland memorabilia. Other Frontierland shops include the Briar Patch (where Splash Mountain riders empty out), the Frontier Trading Post and the Prairie Outpost and Supply.
- Dining: There is no character dining in Frontierland, but there are two quick service sit-down eateries to choose from. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café serves up burgers, sandwiches, and salads and the Golden Oak Outpost has French fries, chicken nuggets and beverages.
- Attractions: Disney’s Fast Pass can be used at two of Frontierland’s most popular attractions: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Both rides have a minimum height requirement of 40 inches. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is themed as a runaway gold mining train and is a fun introduction to the world of roller coasters. Splash Mountain is based on the 1946 Disney film Song of the South, featuring the characters of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear. The big dip can be a wet one—sometimes you get sprinkled and sometimes you get soaked, so make sure any cameras are fully protected or someone else is holding them for you.
Other attractions in Frontierland include the Walt Disney World Railroad, which makes a stop here, and the animatronic musical revue of the Country Bear Jamboree. Children especially like to run around the secret passageways on Tom Sawyer’s Island, which can be accessed by a short ferry boat ride.
For budget conscious souvenir hunters, here is a tip: be on the lookout for Disney World pressed penny machines, like the one in the Briar Patch. These machines are located throughout Magic Kingdom and all of the Walt Disney World parks. For 51 cents guests can have a genuine “Made in the USA” keepsake penny for their collection or a pressed quarter for $1.25. Pressed penny passports can usually be found in the Emporium gift shop on Main Street USA, and other large gift shops throughout Walt Disney World.
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