Your Guide to Frontierland at the Disneyland Resort | Magic in the Planning

Your Guide to Frontierland at the Disneyland Resort

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Frontierland at the Disneyland Resort is truly special. I still remember my first time on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This iconic Disney ride quickly became one of my favorites growing up. Fast forward to 2018 when I took my 6-year-old daughter on it for the first time. It was her first “real” roller coaster, and she was hooked! At the Disneyland Resort, this ride is found in the iconic Frontierland. Here you will also find riverboat rides, unique dining, and Fantasmic! …one of Disney’s most spectacular nighttime shows!

 


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**The Disneyland Resort officially reopened to the public on April 30, 2021, and some experiences listed below have been temporarily suspended or modified due to the pandemic. Be sure to visit our official Disneyland reopening post for updated information to guide your vacation planning! 


 

 

Update… Disney has replaced FastPass and MaxPass with the brand new Disney Genie and Disney Genie+. The new system is very similar to Disneyland’s MaxPass as it is an add-on purchase allowing you to make “Lightning Lane” reservations throughout your day in the parks. There is also the option to purchase Individual Attraction reservations for select top-tier attractions. For more information, be sure to visit our guide. Happy Planning!

 

The Rides:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningBig Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Height Restrictions: 40 inches and taller may ride.
  • About the Ride: This roller coaster is themed as a runaway train, and it’s easily one of my favorite rides in the park. It’s thrilling, yet not so thrilling that it can’t be enjoyed by the whole family. (My 6-year-old daughter loved it!)
  • Wait Time: 20-40 minutes or more during peak seasons
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Mark Twain Riverboat in Disneyland | Magic in the Planning

Mark Twain Riverboat

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Take a sightseeing tour on one of Disneyland’s original attractions.
  • Wait Time: A new trip departs every 20 minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Take a log raft across the Rivers of America to retrace the steps of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn when they ran away to live as pirates. Once on the island, everything is self-guide.
  • Wait Time: No wait time
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Sailing Ship Columbia

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Sail into the wilderness on this full-scale replica of an 18th-century ship. (This boat ride doesn’t always operate on days with low attendance.)
  • Wait Time: The journey takes about 15 minutes.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Attractions and Entertainment:

Fantasmic!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy
  • About the Attraction: This is one of Disneyland’s grandest and most well-known nighttime shows. It features live performers, an array of Disney characters and villains, special effects, and pyrotechnics. New sequences have also been recently added to include scenes from Aladdin, The Lion King, Tangled, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Wait Time: The show lasts 27 minutes, and you will want to arrive early to find a good place to watch it. (Be sure to check times and dates as this show does not run daily.)
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy
  • About the Attraction: This is not a ride, but rather a Western-themed shooting game. There is an additional fee for credits to play.
  • Wait Time: No wait time
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Dining:

The Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland | magicintheplanning.comThe Golden Horseshoe

  • $14.99 and under | Quick Service | Lunch and Dinner
  • Mobile Order: Yes
  • Reservations: No
  • Example Menu Items:
    • Entrées: Chicken Wings, Fish and Chips, Loaded Potato Skins with Hearty Meat Chili, Chicken Tenders with Fries, Pepper Jack Chili Mac, Pepper Jack Mac, Grilled Chicken Mixed Green Salad
    • Kids: Power Pack, Chicken Slider
    • Dessert: Dynamite Sundae, House-made Chocolate-Chunk Cookie Sundae, Golden Horseshoe Ice Cream Float, Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante

  • $14.99 and under | Quick Service | Lunch and Dinner
  • Mobile Order: No
  • Reservations: No
  • Example Menu Items:
    • Entrées: Citrus Fire-grilled Chicken, Red Chile Enchilada Platter, Carne Asada & Red Chile Enchilada Platter, Trio of Street Tacos, Burrito Sonora with Beef, Burrito Sonora with Chicken, Burrito Guadalajara, Cauliflower Tacos, Zocalo Nachos with Beef, Zocalo Nachos with Chicken, Hacienda Caesar Salad, Tostada Salad with Beef, Tostada Salad with Chicken
    • Kids: Bean and Cheese Burrito, Chicken Taco, Arroz con Pollo, Arroz con Frijoles
    • Dessert: Fresh Fruit Cup, Cinnamon Crisps, Pan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwich

 

River Belle Terrace ($$)

  • $15 to $34.99 | Table Service | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Mobile Order: No
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Example Menu Items:
    • Breakfast: Short Rib Skillet, Southern Fried Bone-In Pork Chop, Mark Twain, Country Biscuits and Gravy, Becky Thatcher’s Fried Green Tomato, Mickey-shaped Pancake, Seasonal Fruit Parfait, Monkey Bread (Kids: Seasonal Oats, Silver Dollar Pancakes)
    • Appetizers: Creamy Pimento Cheese, Grilled and Chilled Shrimp, House Salad, River Belle’s Chopped Salad, Terrace Wedge
    • Entrées: Catch of the Day – Riverence Trout, Pork Spare Ribs, Southern Fried Game Hen, Skillet Brisket Mac and Cheese, Beef Short Ribs, BBQ Tofu, Beef Brisket Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Fried Chicken Sandwich
    • Kids: Oven-roasted Chicken, Sustainable Fish – Riverence Trout, Barbecued Tofu, Barbecued Ribs, Macaroni and Cheese
    • Dessert: Cookies and Cream Pudding

 

Stage Door Café

  • $14.99 and under | Quick Service | Lunch and Dinner
  • Mobile Order: Yes
  • Reservations: No
  • Example Menu Items:
    • Entrées: Chicken Tenders, Hand-dipped Corn Dog, Grilled Chicken Spinach Wrap, Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich, Fish and Chips
    • Kids: Power Pack, Chicken Slider
    • Dessert: House-made Funnel Cake, House-made Funnel Cake with Strawberry Topping, Seasonal Funnel Cake

 

**Be sure to visit the official Disneyland website for updated menus and pricing!

 

**I hope you enjoyed our guide to Frontierland at the Disneyland Resort! Looking to plan your first Disneyland Resort vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to get started!

And be sure to visit our Disneyland Attraction Guide for more information about your favorite rides and attractions!


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