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Frontierland at Disneyland Paris

Howdy Cowboys, are you looking for the real Wild West feeling? Then off we go to Frontierland!

Cowboys, Indians and a real saloon - the Wild West is very close in Frontierland. So grab your cowboy hat and get ready for a real Wild West adventure.

A dense forest opens up behind Main Street U.S.A. right next to Central Plaza. The wind blows through the trees, and you can hear the birds twittering. A few teepees are hidden between the trees and a little further along the path there is a large fortification: Fort Comstock. The fort was built from big tree stumps to ward off attacks from the Indians.

The small town of Thunder Mesa is located behind the gates of the fort. The mining town was founded around the middle of the 19th century when the gold rush swept across the world and led people from all around the globe to California. A few people already lived in this area before them, especially poachers, farmers and smugglers. You could buy all the necessary equipment from Tobias Norton & Sons, the first shop in Thunder Mesa. Around 1850, Henry Ravenswood discovered gold in Big Thunder Mountain, the great mountain that rises high above the city, and in the waters of the Rivers of the Far West, where not only elegant paddle steamers make their rounds, but also smugglers and other dodgy people can be found. Ravenswood founded the Thunder Mesa Mining Company, and as the news of him finding gold spread, people from all over the world came to Thunder Mesa. New stores, such as the Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building, opened to meet the diverse needs of the new residents. Of course, the town also needed a saloon in which the miners and treasure hunters could relax in the evening: The Lucky Nugget Saloon was born and quickly became the central point of contact in the town. The Silver Spur Steakhouse on the other side, was the most exclusive restaurant in the area. All those who did not have much money or liked the more sinister atmosphere met every night in the Last Chance Café.
The fate of the city was largely influenced by Indian gods. In the Indian's belief, a thunder bird protects Big Thunder Mountain. As soon as someone tries to steal the treasures from this mountain, the thunder bird will rise and will send lightning down to earth. The gold miners, who had only their possible wealth in mind, did not care and continued to mine. But one day an earthquake, in which Henry Ravenswood and his wife lost their lives, shook the mine and the whole city. The mine had to close and many residents, including the Ravenswoods, left Thunder Mesa. The Ravenswood family left behind a magnificent property - Phantom Manor - a little out of the way and the remaining residents spend most of their time with farming again. The district of Cottonwood Creek Ranch testifies these activities. On special occasions, the villagers met in the large barn to celebrate together where each guest brought their own chair.
Thanks to the gold rush and the connection to the railroad, Thunder Mesa was never fully abandoned.

Scenic views from Thunder Mesa in Frontierland

Attractions & Shows in Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Big Thunder Mountain Big Thunder Mountain is the wildest ride in the wilderness! Step in into an adventerous ride on a mine train out of control
  • Boot Hill Boot Hill Visit Boot Hill, the cemetery of Thunder Mesa and the Ravenswood family. Right at the exit of Phantom Manor, this somewhat hidden attraction, with lots of fun details, is waiting to be explored.
  • Disneyland Railroad - Dampfeisenbahn Disneyland Railroad Drive around the Disneyland Park with the Disneyland Railroad - a stylish, cozy and classic steam train. There are four train stations along the route. Where would you like to travel?
  • Legends of the Wild West im Fort Comstock Fort Comstock / Legends of the Wild West Visit the Legends of the Wild West exhibition at Fort Comstock, right at the entrance to Frontierland and learn more about life in the Wild West.
  • Bühne für Shows im Disneyland Paris Frontierland Theater This theater hosts shows like The Lion King - take a look at the program to make sure you don't miss a performance. Here you can enjoy top-class Disney shows.
  • Phantom Manor Phantom Manor Phantom Manor is located on a hill in Frontierland, just off the town of Thunder Mesa. This abandoned manor is the home of Melanie Ravenswood and her family. Do you dare to enter this house?
  • Frontierland Playground: Spielplatz im Disneyland Frontierland Playground Children up to the age of 12 can play until they don´t have any energy left at the Frontierland Playground. Slides, swings and monkey bars invite you to have some fun.
  • Rustler Roundup Shooting Gallery Rustler Roundup Shooting Gallery Who is the best shooter in the wild west? Is it you?! Then show off your skills and accuracy at the Rustler Roundup Shooting Gallery. Good luck!
  • Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing Take a steamboat ride on the Rivers of the Far West - Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing is the dock for the impressive steamers. Ship ahoy!

Restaurants in Frontierland

  • Cowboy Cookout Barbecue Restaurant Cowboy Cookout Barbecue Howdy Cowboy, are you hungry? Then drop by the Cowboy Cookout Barbecue in Frontierland. Chicken, ribs and burgers are served in this cozy barn, with plenty of barbecue sauce on request.
  • Fuente del Oro Restaurant Fuente del Oro Restaurant Welcome to the Mexican Cantina, where fajitas, tacos & other specialties are served. Do you fancy some churros and cocoa? Then the Fuente del Oro Restaurant is the right place for you.
  • Last Chance Cafe Last Chance Cafe In the heart of Frontierland, to a certain extent on the market square of Thunder Mesa, you will find the small fast-food restaurant Last Chance Cafe - so why not give yourself a break before setting off on further adventures.
  • The Lucky Nugget Saloon The Lucky Nugget Saloon Welcome to the Lucky Nugget Saloon! In this stylish western saloon you will be served delicious burgers and on most days there is also a great show which will keep you entertained while eating.
  • Silver Spur Steakhouse Silver Spur Steakhouse The Silver Spur Steakhouse is a stylish western steakhouse with an open kitchen - watch your steak while it´s grilled.

Impressions of Frontierland's restaurants

Shops in Frontierland

  • Pueblo Trading Post Shop Pueblo Trading Post The Pueblo Trading Post is located a little bit hidden in the Frontierland. This shop is particularly popular with pin collectors since the limited edition pins are sold here.
  • Thunder Mesa Mercantile Shop Thunder Mesa Mercantile The hearts of shopping fans beat faster in Thunder Mesa Mercantile, because here three shops are united under one roof: Bonanza Outfitters, Eureka Mining Supplies and Tobias Norton & Sons.

Pictures of the shops in Frontierland

Interesting facts about Frontierland

  • In order for Frontierland to perfectly meet the ideas of Europeans (especially the French) of the Wild West, Tony Baxter stocked up on many books from paris bookstores about the Wild West before starting to work on it.
  • The Frontierland represents the period between 1849 and 1885, so it begins with the gold rush.
  • A special highlight in Frontierland is the old tractor, and especially the story of how it got to Disneyland Paris. In 1914, several old tractors were to be melted down in order to use the iron for tanks. A Missouri family bought one of these tractors and saved it from melting. They restored the vehicle and went on an excursion with this tractor every Sunday. Over time, the vehicle became a real family member, but at some point it was no longer used. Pat Burke came across this old vehicle, which he imagined to fit perfectly in the Frontierland so he asked the owner if he could buy the tractor. The owner did not want to make a direct decision, but wanted to speak to his wife first. The owner's wife then said to Pat Burke that they agree to the sell it under one condition: after being married for 50 years, her husband must finally buy her a wedding ring. Her husband agreed and so the old farming vehicle came to Disneyland Paris.
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