Welcome to the Wild West!
*image credit Walt Disney World
Howdy y’all! Can you guess what land in the Magic Kingdom you’re about to be immersed in? Here are a few hints: you smell turkey legs, you hear the sound of shootin’, and you spy a few mountains around. That’s right, it’s Frontierland! Grab your boots, preferably the ones that say Andy on the bottom, and let your imagination take you on a journey through the 19th century American Old West.
When Walt Disney World opened October 1, 1971, Frontierland was in place, consisting of three attractions. The debut attractions included Country Bear Jamboree, The Walt Disney World Railroad Station, and Davey Crockett’s Explorer Canoes. Tom Sawyer Island was constructed and opened in 1973. The northwestern end of Frontierland remained undeveloped until Big Thunder Mountain was constructed and premiered in 1980.
During the 90s, a few changes were made, the western end of the land was demolished and rebuilt, leaving only Big Thunder Mountain. If you happened to visit before 1994 when Davey Crockett’s Explorer Canoes stopped operating, enjoy the memories — the rest of us have to use our imaginations! The Walt Disney World Railroad Station and parade access route were reconstructed during the 90s, and the Walt Disney World fan-favorite, Splash Mountain, opened October 2, 1992. Frontierland is located in the northwestern corner of the Magic Kingdom Park, and borders Adventureland, Liberty Square, and the Rivers of America. You can make your way to Frontierland by foot or by train, riding The Walt Disney World Railroad.
*original content by Stephanie T.