If you’re looking for an adventure set in the olden days, Frontierland should be your first stop. Runaway trains, steam boats and more can be found in this land that transports you to another place and time.
Keep reading to learn more about the treasures awaiting you in Frontierland.
Frontierland Disneyland® Attractions:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
This is one runaway train you want to be on. You’ll go through a mine, race through red rock mountains, encounter an infamous mountain goat and so much more. You must be 40” to ride and child swap is available if you have kids not tall enough to ride. This is a really good attraction to ride earlier in the morning, with or without a FastPass. It’s also really fun to ride at night with epic views of Batuu in neighboring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. We recommend doing both day and nighttime rides if possible.
Frontierland Shootin' Exposition
Take a literal shot at the Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition - where you’ll shoot a .54 caliber Hawkins buffalo rifle. Don’t worry, you’ll be aiming at 100 targets with a laser. When you hit one of the targets, you’ll know with celebratory music, lights and the occasional special effect. This is one of a very small percentages of attractions at Disneyland® that requires a minimal additional charge. You can purchase credits for less than a dollar. Each credit gets you around 25 shots, so be sure to take your best aim!
Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
Although quite different vessels, typically only one of these beauties will sail during a season. The Mark Twain Riverboat is just like the ones you’d see on the Mississippi. And occasionally, you’ll find Tiana from Princess and the Frog onboard. The Sailing Ship Columbia is a 3-masted 18th century replica. Be sure to check the official Disneyland® app to find out which ship is accepting passengers during your vacation. Keep in mind that while the ships are sailing, the last disembarkment is normally in the afternoon.
Disneyland® Frontierland Entertainment:
Character Meet and Greet
You can find Princess Tiana greeting guests near the water’s edge in Frontierland. And sometimes, if you’re lucky enough, you may even get to ride alongside her on Mark Twain’s Riverboat.
Disneyland® Band at Frontierland
The famous Disneyland® Band regularly makes its way into Frontierland to perform. You’ll find the band’s scheduled appearance on the official Disneyland® app, so be sure to check it if you want to catch a performance.
One of Disneyland’s most classic and impressive long-running nighttime shows is now better than ever. The show recently experienced a pretty major update with new special effects, a revised storyline with more recent songs and characters, and some fun surprises. During busier times there will be two or three showings each night and FastPasses are required. You can get a FastPass from the physical FastPass machine, or by using your mobile device if you are using MaxPass. You’ll want to arrive as soon as your return time will allow to stake out a prime viewing spot.
There are also a select number of Fantasmic! dining packages available with varying restaurants, price points and viewing areas. Choose from the Blue Bayou, River Belle Terrace or Hungry Bear Restaurant if you’re interested in a dining package. Dining package reservations for all of these locations can be made up to 60 days in advance, and can sell out.
Frontierland Disneyland® Dining:
Churros near Big Thunder Mountain
Being able to grab a churro from the stand near Big Thunder Mountain is one of the joys of life. Traditional and a rotating seasonal churro are on the menu at this popular stop in Frontierland.
Popcorn near Mark Twain Riverboat
Disneyland® Park’s famous popcorn can be found next to the dock where you’ll catch the Mark Twain Riverboat. You can also find souvenir popcorn buckets and bottled beverages at this location.
Pretzel near Big Thunder Mountain
If you get a hankerin’ for a pretzel, look no further than the pretzel cart near Big Thunder Mountain towards the entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You’ll find Mickey soft pretzels with or without a side of cheese dip, as well as cinnamon pretzels with the option to add cream cheese dip on the menu.
Rancho del Zocalo
Everything on the menu will make you glad you chose Rancho del Zocalo for a tasty lunch or dinner in Frontierland. This quick service location serves up delicious Mexican platters, kids meals and a la carte items in one of the most beautiful settings. Rancho del Zocalo has a traditional menu year round and also frequently serves rotating seasonal items. Enjoy your meal al fresco underneath brightly colored lanterns and surrounded by authentic Mexican tiles.
River Belle Terrace
You’ll find Southern hospitality and home cookin’ at the River Belle Terrace. Ribs, pulled pork, mac & cheese and so much more can all be ordered up at the River Belle Terrace. Although casual, the restaurant offers table service and reservations are recommended. You can make reservations online or using the Disneyland® app.
The River Belle Terrace is also one of a handful of locations that offers Fantasmic! Dining packages. Lunch and dinner dining packages are available. Lunch dining packages are available for a slightly lower price than dinner packages. Lunch and dinner packages will include dining for either show time, which will be designated when you make your reservation. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance and are highly recommended. For dining packages, we recommend making your reservations over the phone at 714-781-DINE (3463).
Ship to Shore Marketplace
In between the dock for the Mark Twain Riverboat and Big Thunder Mountain, you’ll find Ship to Shore Marketplace. Snacks like whole fruit, pickles, chips and cheese are available any time of day. During breakfast hours, you’ll also find breakfast chimichangas. Later in the day, you can order chimichangas, giant turkey legs and corn on the cob.
Stage Door Café
The pickiest of eaters will find a safe haven at the Stage Door Cafe where favorites like chicken fingers, hand-dipped corn dogs and house-made funnel cakes are found in abundance. You can normally find a seasonal funnel cake on the menu as well. And better yet, any of these tasty delights can be mobile ordered using the official Disneyland® app.
The Golden Horseshoe
A hearty menu is just one reason people come to the Golden Horseshoe. Chicken wings, loaded potato skins, chili mac, house-made cookie sundaes and more can all be ordered at this iconic Disneyland® restaurant. There is ample air conditioned seating downstairs and up. And although you’re in Frontierland, this part of the Wild West accepts mobile ordering using your smartphone.
Frontierland Disneyland® Shopping:
Look the part by grabbing a special spirit jersey, hat or accessory from Bonanza Outfitters. You’ll find options for men, women and children alike at this Frontierland shop.
Patterned after an actual mercantile, you’ll find everything from housewares to apparel to Mickey Ears and everything in between. It’s a great spot to search for the perfect souvenir to remember your time in Frontierland.
Westward Ho Trading Company
This may be one of the most authentic shops in all of Frontierland, because cash isn’t the only tender they’ll accept. You can barter your own official Disney pin in exchange for another from a Disney Cast Member. Or, if you just want to start your pin trading collection, you can purchase pins, lanyards and other souvenirs in this log building.
Frontierland Disneyland® Seasonal Celebrations:
One of the most festive trees you’ll ever see is the Halloween Tree located in Frontierland. This unassuming oak tree is located near the Golden Horseshoe. During Halloween Time, it gets adorned with hand painted pumpkins and, when night falls, it is illuminated with the warm colors of autumn. This spectacular tree is dedicated to Ray Bradbury and his 1972 novel, “The Halloween Tree.”
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
The square located next to Rancho del Zocalo celebrates Dia de los Muertos throughout the entire Halloween Time season. Spend some time admiring the bright flowers and skeleton displays. Be sure to grab a picture or two at this festive backdrop.
Frontierland Disneyland® Tips:
If you are watching the first Fantasmic! showing of the night, you’ll likely want to stay in your seat for a few minutes after the show. If there are fireworks, or another nighttime show in the park, it’s often projected onto water screens on Rivers of America. The music is also piped in and your view from your Fantasmic! spot will be the perfect place to enjoy a second show without trying to get to Sleeping Beauty Castle or Main Street, U.S.A..
Although not typically highlighted as an attraction, the oldest of all Disneyland® attractions can be found in Frontierland. In fact, it is estimated to be between 55 - 70 million years old. You can find a giant stump of petrified wood from the Pike Petrified Forest in Colorado. It’s been part of the park since 1957, when Lily Disney gifted it to Disneyland® after Walt purchased it and tried to have it at their home. It is a fun piece of Disney trivia, so be sure to find it on your next vacation.
Please note, the above information may be incomplete, seasonal, and/or subject to change at any time.