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Frontierland (including Tom Sawyer Island and more)

Frontierland (including Tom Sawyer Island and more)

It’s the wildest land in the wilderness!

At first glance, Frontierland may not look super exciting, but the land does have a lot to offer, especially three attractions that are all noteworthy.

You can even hop on a log raft and sail across the Rivers of America to explore a special island.

Frontierland has also gone through many changes. It’s no secret that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure replaced Splash Mountain. We think the transformation adds a whole new dimension (and much-needed one) to Frontierland.

Here’s everything else Frontierland has to offer.

Frontierland Overview

frontierland
  • Location: Magic Kingdom
  • Restaurants: 8 Quick Service (Westward Ho, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe, Golden Oak Outpost, 4 Snack and Drink Carts, Aunt Polly’s)
  • Shops: Frontier Trading Post, Big Al’s Merch Cart
  • Entertainment: Frontierland Hoedown, Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade
  • Attractions: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Country Bear Jamboree, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Walt Disney World Railroad, Tom Sawyer Island
  • Characters: Country Bears
  • Popular snacks and drinks: Churro and Mickey Pretzel (Churro Cart), Corn Dog Nuggets (Westward Ho), Popcorn (any popcorn cart)
  • Not-to-miss: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Walt Disney World Railroad

Frontierland Map

map of frontierland and tom sawyer island

Dining

Frontierland doesn’t have any Table Service restaurants, but there are plenty of Quick Service options and snack carts to try.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

pecos bill quick service at magic kingdom

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: Mexican
Meals Served: Lunch and dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Chipotle-style Mexican offerings, there was a generous fixin’s bar but it has not been available since the shutdown, indoor seating, plenty of restrooms
  • Cons: Can get very, very busy. Plan to eat at off-peak times to avoid crowds.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe is the main Quick Service dining location in Frontierland. You can find it near Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and close to the path that wraps around to Adventureland.

counter at pecos bill

Pecos Bill’s resembles an Old West saloon and sells a range of Mexican-inspired food, like southwestern salads, fajita platters, rice bowls, pork and chicken nachos, and more.

indoor seating at pecos bill

Pecos Bill’s is also a great place to find seating both indoors and outdoors. There’s no shortage of tables.

outdoor seating at pecos bill

Mobile Order is available, which we also recommend using since it’s a time saver and will prevent you from having to wait in a long line.

fuelrod station inside pecos bill at magic kingdom

You can also find a portable phone charging station inside the restaurant, where you can swap and purchase FuelRods.

Golden Oak Outpost

golden oak outpost in frontierland at magic kingdom

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Lunch and dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 snack credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Good snack options, but menu changes all the time
  • Cons: No indoor seating (can go to nearby Pecos Bill’s to sit if you’d like), snack credits only, only open seasonally, area can be busy during parades

Golden Oak Outpost is a small stand that is open seasonally and has shorter dining hours compared to other Quick Service restaurants in the park.

There is a small menu that serves items along the lines of chicken strips and fries.

outdoor seating at golden oak outpost

There is also an outdoor seating area next to the Golden Oak Outpost. Unfortunately, the tables are in the direct sunlight and have zero coverage.

Westward Ho

westward ho in frontierland

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Meals Served: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Snacks and refreshing beverages, including frozen lemonade slushes
  • Cons: No seating and limited menu options

Westward Ho is a small Quick Service stand that serves both breakfast and snack items, including a bear claw, jalapeño poppers, corn dog nuggets, candied bacon, and more.

westard ho menu

You can also buy a range of beverages, like fountain beverages, frozen lemonade and Coca-Cola, and Joffrey’s cold brew.

Popcorn Cart

This cart next to Big Thunder Mountain sells popcorn, ice cream treats, and bottled beverages.

popcorn next to big thunder mountain in frontierland

Snack and Drink Cart

You can order bottled drinks here, along with a variety of frozen goodies. Find this cart near Big Thunder Mountain on the corner of the path that sits along the river.

snack and drink cart on bridge in frontierland near big thunder mountain

Popcorn Cart

You can order popcorn and bottled drinks here at this cart that sits across from Pecos Bill. It’s stationed at the corner of where the path along the river connects to the main path in Frontierland.

popcorn cart in frontierland across from pecos bill

Churro Cart

Next to Westward Ho is a cutely themed cart that sells Mickey Pretzels and churros (even if they aren’t as good as Disneyland’s).

churro cart in frontierland

Aunt Polly’s

This is a Quick Service window on Tom Sawyer Island. But, it’s not always open. Aunt Polly’s operates seasonally, and usually only during the busiest of seasons.

aunt polly's on tom sawyer island

Here is a menu from May 2019 and the food we ordered:

menu from aunt polly's on tom sawyer island
food from aunt polly's in may 2019

The seating here is pretty great.

aunt polly's seating area

You get up close and personal with the Liberty Belle and can see awesome views of Liberty Square and Frontierland.

Seating Areas

There are plenty of places to sit, eat, and/or relax in Frontierland, including:

Pecos Bill has many indoor and outdoor tables with chairs.

seating inside pecos bill

You can find tables, albeit uncovered, next to the Golden Oak Outpost.

outdoor seating at golden oak outpost

Near Big Thunder Mountain, there is a small area with picnic tables and umbrellas.

seating area across from big thunder mountain in frontierland

If you find yourself on Tom Sawyer Island, you can sit by Aunt Polly’s and enjoy some pretty stellar views of Magic Kingdom.

aunt polly's seating area and the liberty square riverboat

Shops

Frontier Trading Post

frontier trading post

In the heart of Frontierland is the Frontier Trading Post. 

magicband plus in frontier trading post

The shop has shelves stocked with a variety of Disney merchandise, like Minnie ears, hats, and, MagicBand+ designs.

pins in frontier trading post

You can also browse all kinds of Disney pins. There are so many!

Big Al’s Merch Cart

big al's merch cart in frontierland

Across from the Frontier Trading Post is Big Al’s Merch Cart.

minnie ears sold at big al's merch cart in frontierland

From bubble wands, to Minnie ears, to hats, to bottled beverages, Big Al’s has good variety of souvenirs for being a small outdoor cart.

Entertainment

While not exclusive to Frontierland, you can catch entertainment as it makes its way from Frontierland to Main Street, U.S.A.

This type of entertainment includes cavalcades and parades, which begin by Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and ends by the fire station on Main Street.

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy parade
  • Location: Standard parade route – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Parade
  • Costumes: Traditional
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Characters include: Alice, The White Rabbit, Anna and Elsa, Ariel, Beast, Belle, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Peter Pan, Chip ‘n Dale, Daisy and Donald Duck, Snow White, the 7 Dwarfs, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, Flynn Rider and Rapunzel, Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio, Tinker Bell, Mad Hatter, Alice, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Tiana and Prince Naveen, Pluto, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Prince Philip and Aurora,
  • Tip(s): After the final Christmas Party of the year, this parade is replaced with the Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade

Disney Adventure Friends cavalcade
  • Location: Standard parade route – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Cavalcade
  • Costumes: Traditional
  • Characters include: Clarabelle Cow, Max Goof, Jose Carioca, Panchito Pistoles, Moana, Miguel Rivera, Woody, Jessie, Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Timon, Baloo, King Louie, Mulan, Stitch, Marie, Terk, Elena, Merida, Mr. Incredible, Elasticgirl, Pocahontas, Meeko, Mary Poppins, Bert, Bruno, Raya
  • Tip(s): This cavalcade happens several times per day. Check the My Disney Experience App for showtimes.

Frontierland Hoedown

frontierland hoedown at magic kingdom
  • Location: Near Country Bear Jamboree – Frontierland – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Unscheduled dance party
  • Costumes: Traditional
  • Performers include: Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, the Country Bears, and Chip ‘n’ Dale
  • Tip(s): While there is no official time listed, the Hoedown happens once a day. Usually, you can catch it in early evening between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Attractions

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

A great intro coaster for people who are working up the nerve to do bigger coasters. The theming is Old West style and there are lots of mountains and caverns to make your way through. There are no big drops like on scarier coasters but there are some fun dips that can lift you out of your seat.

big thunder mountain railroad standby and lightning lane
  • Height req: 40 inches
  • Suitable for: Anybody 40″ and taller
  • Attraction length: About 3 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Yes
  • When to visit: 1st or last hour, anytime with Genie+
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Eligible for Early Entry: No
  • Tip(s): Try riding this at night during the fireworks show for a fun and special experience.

It’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!

You can’t go wrong with Bid Thunder Mountain Railroad, which is one of the best roller coasters at not just Magic Kingdom, but across Disney World.

big thunder mountain in frontierland

The ride can be quite jerky and fast, with sudden drops and turns, but it is so much fun!

big thunder mountain railroad ride vehicles

Big Thunder should definitely be at the top of your list of Magic Kingdom attractions.

Country Bear Jamboree

Like outdated animatronics that sing corny music? This is a fantastic show for you. OK, it’s an easy attraction to get into and many little kids will probably have fun with it but it’s definitely outdated and not a high priority.

country bear jamboree
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody
  • Attraction length: About 16 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Only as a time filler and/or for a break
  • When to visit: Anytime
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Eligible for Early Entry: No
  • Tip(s): Great place to get out of the heat for a bit.

While many consider the Country Bear Jamboree nostalgic, Disney has decided to update the attraction in 2024.

Next year, there will be new songs. That’s right, no more “My Woman Ain’t Pretty (But She Don’t Swear None)” and “All the Guys that Turn Me On Turn Me Down.” Really, that’s probably not a bad thing.

country bear jamboree poster

So what kind of new songs will be included? You’ll be able to sing along to some favorite Disney songs that have been reinterpreted in different genres of country music.

Per Disney, “Imagineers are envisioning the new experience as a homage to the classic musical revues in Nashville and they’re working with Nashville musicians to get the authentic country sound.”

Don’t worry, Disney also promises that the attraction “will still have the fun and friendly tone fans enjoy with the same famous characters like the loveable Trixie, Big Al, and others.”

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Coming 2024)

Taking over the former Splash Mountain attraction, this ride will follow Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance. There will also be music from the movie.

tiana's bayou adventure new concept art
  • Height req: 40 inches
  • Suitable for: Anybody 40″ and taller who doesn’t mind a 5-story drop with a little bit of water
  • Attraction length: About 11 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Yes
  • When to visit: TBD
  • Lightning Lane available: TBD
  • Eligible for Early Entry: TBD
  • Tip(s): While we don’t have all of the details about this attraction yet, we can assume the height requirement and attraction length from Splash Mountain will remain with Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Replacing Splash Mountain, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a water ride that promises to not only be breathtaking in physical appearance, but captivating in storytelling.

tiana's bayou adventure ride details

The ride is dedicated to Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog and follows her story after the movie, meaning we’ll get to see her as a human and not a frog.

tiana's foods sign - splash mountain - tiana's bayou adveture

We can’t wait to ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. We fully expect to love this ride just as much as we do Tiana!

WDW Railroad – Frontierland Station

A steam train that takes guests on a loop around all of Magic Kingdom. There are 3 stops – at the end of Main Street, in Fantasyland (back by Storybook Circus), and in Frontierland between Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

frontierland disney world railroad station
  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody
  • Attraction length: About 20 minutes to do the entire loop
  • Do we recommend? Yes, as both a time filler and as a method to get to the other side of the park
  • When to visit: Anytime
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Eligible for Early Entry: No
  • Tip(s): This is a great attraction to ride if you have a little one that needs to rest since you can stay on it as long as you like. You can get on and off on any of its 3 stops so it is also a good way to save some steps if you need to cross the park.

The Walt Disney World Railroad has a station located in Frontierland next to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

disney world railroad at frontierland station

We recommend everyone ride the train. It’s an iconic attraction, with great views of the park and is also a good transportation method if you want to get to one side of the park to the next.

Tom Sawyer Island

A giant island that is basically a playground to explore. You board a raft near Big Thunder Mountain which takes you over to where you can venture around the island. FYI: there used to be hidden paintbrushes placed here and people who found them could redeem them for FastPasses. That is no longer the case.

  • Height req: None
  • Suitable for: Anybody who can handle the rugged terrain
  • Attraction length: N/A
  • Do we recommend? Only as a time filler
  • When to visit: Anytime, generally opens 1 hour after park opening
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Eligible for Early Entry: No
  • Tip(s): Usually opens later than the rest of the park.

In order to get to Tom Sawyer Island, you have to board a log raft that will transport you over to the island that’s inspired by the stories of Mark Twain.

barrel bridge on tom sawyer island

Not only does the island offer unique views of Magic Kingdom, especially Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square, and Frontierland, but this is a great place to explore.

Little ones, especially, will love all of the different spots to play and burn off energy.

tom sawyer island play area

While we don’t recommend taking time out of your busy park day to visit Tom Sawyer Island, it does make a good time filler or a way to escape the crowds and long lines.

Characters

Frontierland doesn’t have any traditional character meet and greets, but you can meet the Country Bears as they roam near the Country Bear Jamboree.

They are super fun to interact with, so make sure you say hello.

Country Bears

country bears magic kingdom frontierland
  • Location: Country Bear Jamboree – Frontierland – Magic Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Sighting (they roam near Country Bear Jamboree)
  • Costume: None
  • Autographs: No
  • Photopass Available? No
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Tip(s): This experience happens intermittently throughout the day. You can also find appearance times in the My Disney Experience app.

Activities

Coin Press Machines

Frontierland has three coin press machines.

There is one across from the Frontier Trading Post, where you can get pressed pennies with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in western outfits. You can buy one for $1.00 or all four for $4.00.

frontierland souvenir pennies across from frontier trading post

Inside the waiting area for Country Bear Jamboree is a pressed penny machine. Some of the pennies feature the Country Bears. The price is one penny for $1.00 or all 8 for $5.00.

coin press at country bear jamboree

The final coin press is underneath the Frontierland train station near the playground with Splash Mountain-themed pennies. 

coin press in frontierland near walt disney world railroad

These cost $1.00 for one penny or $3.00 for all three. We expect these designs to change once Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens.

Playground

Underneath the Frontierland train station, there is a small playground that’s perfect for little ones.

playground in frontierland

It’s unclear if this will close or be re-themed once Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens, but we will definitely keep you in the loop.

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

At the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (next to the Frontier Trading Post), you can aim at nearly 100 targets using projectile-free infrared technology in an Old West-themed shooting gallery.   

frontierland shootin' arcade

While this activity used to cost $1.00 for 35 shots, it is now completely free.

Checkers

Next to the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, there is a game of checkers for anyone to play.

checkers in frontierland

PhotoPass

There aren’t any official PhotoPass locations posted in the My Disney Experience app, but sometimes you can find a photographer on the path along the river that leads to Big Thunder Mountain. 

photopass in frontierland with tom sawyer island in the background

You may even find a photographer hanging around Big Thunder for photo-ops, specifically near the area where guests can watch the roller coaster fly by.

Restrooms

Frontierland has several restrooms, including:

These restrooms lead into Adventureland and also connect to Frontierland and Liberty Square.

adventureland breezeway restrooms magic kingdom

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café has its own set of indoor restrooms.

restrooms in pecos bill tall tale inn and cafe

Near Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and the Walt Disney World Railroad (as you walk underneath the station), you’ll find this set of bathrooms. 

restrooms in frontierland near disney world railroad

There are also two restroom areas on Tom Sawyer Island.

Animal Relief Area

Across from Big Thunder Mountain, you’ll see an outdoor relief area for guests visiting with service animals.

animal relief area in frontierland

Frontierland Checklist

frontierland checklist

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