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A Magic Kingdom opening day attraction may be closing indefinitely

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A Magic Kingdom opening day attraction may be closing indefinitely
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As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, we are getting nostalgic for those attractions that were open on the day Magic Kingdom opened to the public and are still operating today. However, one opening day attraction may be closing indefinitely very soon.

Magic Kingdom Opening Day Attractions

On the day that Magic Kingdom opened to the public, there were so many great attractions that opened with it. Many of these attractions are still operating in Magic Kingdom today, 50 years later!

Some of our favorite attractions have been there since the day the Park opened, such as The Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, Jungle Cruise, and Peter Pan’s Flight.

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There are also less popular attractions that are still operating today, like Frontierland’s Country Bear Jamboree and Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade. Regardless of their popularity, we’re still nostalgic over these opening day attractions.

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

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Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is a fun attraction located in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland.

Disney describes this attraction with, “Mosey on up to a rustic log cabin and fill yer hands with a replica .54-caliber Hawkins buffalo rifle. Against the southwestern landscape, a familiar sight comes into view: legendary Boot Hill in the famous frontier town of Tombstone, Arizona.” 

“Using projectile-free infrared technology, take your best shot at a bevy of moving and stationary targets. The dusty setting provides a picture-perfect backdrop to test your marksmanship.”

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Disney’s website lists this attraction as having a small additional fee, but upon reopening last weekend we noticed there were signs all over the arcade stating it is free.

Closing indefinitely?

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Beginning November 27, 2021, Disney’s website lists no available times for Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade. There are no times listed on any dates that follow either.

Could the attraction be permanently closing, or is it just closing for a short time? Disney has not released a statement regarding the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, but we will be sure to update you when they do!

Are you disappointed that Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade may be closing indefinitely? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.




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30 COMMENTS

  1. Attractions closing all the time. Yet prices are going up and up. Gift shops are overpriced as is the food. They microwave a lot of food. They can keep it. Loved going to Disney but no more. Did not renew. Not worth it anymore sad to say. And the fact that it’s way over crowded every day and way too long lines. No thanks. The good stuff which made Disney closing is sad.

  2. My generation was taught to shoot at cans and bottles and we didn’t go around shooting each other in the streets. Stop reading more into it than what’s necessary …. How about banning violent, realistic video games and stop giving these street thugs creds they don’t deserve.

  3. They still sell toy swords and guns at the pirates gift shop. I know because we recently bought both of our kids toy pirate swords and they beat each other with them throughout Adventure Land. They also sell toy Viking swords in the Norway pavilion at EPCOT and Star Wars lightsabers and blasters basically everywhere they can cram them in.

    If they’re closing the shooting gallery it’s because it isn’t popular.

  4. 1000% spot on! It’s like when they stopped selling the pirate swords & guns. I mean the guns literally had a ball on a string! What do they think pirates did back in the day? Jump on another ship and hug them to death? No, they pillaged & plundered!

  5. You might want to check your facts, it’s a small world premiered first at the 1964 World’s Fair before being transferred to Disneyland. The Haunted Mansion debuted in 68. Both are way after the park opened in the 50’s! Just watch the Disney+ Behind the Attractions to learn more on the park’s history.

  6. The calendar just didn’t go out far enough as it’s now currently showing availability up to 12/13/2021 right now, 9am-9pm. In fact all attractions are showing availability up to 12/12/21 but no further – this indicates that the availability is only calculated for 2 months out. In any case, it’s unlikely that it will close given that it’s so small and sandwiched between restaurants, stores and backstage rooms.

  7. Disney used to listen to guest feed back and if they close the shooting gallery this trend will apparently continue. Maybe Frontier Land should be re imagined because if the shooting gallery offends then the very concept of Frontier Land should be considered an abomination to the woke crowd. Disney needs to stop catering to the woke crowd.

  8. Would be great to see them do another dark ride shooting gallery like Buzz or a Woody’s type ride. Obviously not in current location. Unless they married Country Bears and this shooting gallery and a Musical. Would be pretty awesome.

  9. Won’t be missed by me , never used it , didn’t plan to . Enough shootings in the streets for me . No desire for any at Disney. But each to his own .

  10. Too many attraction are being changed. It is quite disappointing. We have gone to Disney consistently since we were married, have taken our children, and now our grandchildren. Our grandchildren are all under 12. They have also indicated disappointment in several closings over the past few years. Leave the shooting gallery open.

  11. It is nostalgic but doesn’t make money and all Disney now seems to care about and catering to the very rich medium income families no longer seem to matter….show me the money….Disney’s.new theme song…it breaks my heart.

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