Frontierland Shootin' Arcade

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Frontierland Shootin' Arcade
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The Exterior of the Frontierland Shootin' Arcade.
Magic Kingdom
Land Frontierland
Attraction type Shooting Arcade
Opening date October 1, 1971
FastPass + No

The Frontierland Shootin' Arcade is an attraction located in Frontierland.

History and Attraction Plot

The Frontierland Shootin' Arcade opened with the park on October 1, 1971, as the Frontier Shootin' Gallery. The attraction recreates the 1850 shootout on Boot Hill in Tombstone Arizona [1], in the form of an arcade shooting gallery. In the gallery, guests use authentic .54 caliber Hawkins buffalo rifles to hit various targets [2]. There are three different distances that guests can shoot at. The first, the foreground of the gallery, is themed to look like a graveyard. In the graveyard targets that guests can shoot include:

  • Vultures sitting in a large tree
  • An owl located inside the large tree
  • Tombstones, with various names on them
  • A skeleton grave digger
  • A large sign which reads Boot Hill
  • Cacti
  • A fence
The targets in the Frontierland Shootin' Arcade. Photo credit: Disney

The middle section of the gallery features the town of Tombstone (including a bank, a hotel and a jail) with targets on them. To the right of the town, guests can also shoot an ore car coming out of a large mine. When guests hit the various targets, the targets animate in some way. As guests shoot at the targets, a fog will roll over the graveyard, changing the weather from clear and calm, to dark and stormy. After the fog roles in, guests will hear coyotes howl, bridges creek, and thunder in the background.

In 1982, the lead balls that guests shot out of the rifles were replaced with infra-red technology. The reason for the change was twofold. Besides safety concerns, cost was also a factor as cast members would have to re-paint the targets almost on a nightly basis (due to the lead pellets chipping the paint) [3]. The only other major change to the attraction came on September 26, 1984 when it was renamed the Frontierland Shootin' Arcade [4]. In June 2011, the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade's exterior was refurbished. The attraction reopened in November 2011 [5].

Trivia

  • There are 97 targets in the gallery [1].
  • The Shootin' Arcade is one of the few attractions in the Magic Kingdom that has an additional coast. It costs $1 for 35 shots [6].
  • The tombstone in the middle of the gallery reads,
"Ol Tom Hubbard

died with a frown, but a grave can't keep a good man down."

  • There is actually a walkway for cast members located between the graveyard and Tombstone. There is also a second walkway between Tombstone and the background.
  • When the attraction still used real lead pellets, cast members used 2,000 gallons of paint per year repainting the targets.

Behind the Scenes

If you want to see behind the scenes pictures of the Frontierland Shootin' Arcade check out:

http://www.imagineeringdisney.com/blog/2011/2/8/frontierland-shootin-arcade-like-youve-never-seen-it.html

See the Arcade


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/magic-kingdom/frontierland-shootin-arcade/
  2. http://www.wdwradio.com/2007/09/frontierland-shootin-arcade/
  3. http://disney-pal.com/MagicKingdom/frontierland_shootin_arcade.htm
  4. http://thisdayindisneyhistory.homestead.com/Sep26.html
  5. http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/frontierland-shootin-arcade/news/04nov2011-frontierland-shootin'-arcade-reopens-at-the-magic-kingdom.htm#.TrQylkMZ9TU.twitter
  6. http://www.wdwradio.com/2007/09/frontierland-shootin-arcade/