“ Frontierland is home to attractions including Big Thunder Mountain, Critter Coral, Legends of the Wild West, and Phantom Manner. „
(Won't get that song out of my head for at least a week now!)
There are 5 different themed lands at Disneyland Paris - Fantasyland, Discoveryland, Main Street USA, Adventureland and Frontierland.
Frontierland is located in the South West of the park and is next to Adventureland. It is easy to find (especially if you pick up a park map) and there are a number of different entrances that lead to it. You can also catch the Disneyland Railroad to and from Frontierland.
This land is Wild west themed (1880s American West). It is home to cowboys, pioneers, saloons, red rocks, wagons and an old steam train. Big Thunder Mountain (the big red rock), Rivers of the Far West (the river), Phantom Manor (the big eerie house) and the Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing (the big riverboat) are all big parts of Frontierland and are almost like Frontierland landmarks. The colour scheme is very much brown and red/orange, due to the large amount of wood and rocks.
I would say that Frontierland is one of the biggest lands, but this is mainly due to the big stretch of lake. The area in which you walk around is a fair size and there is plenty to see and do.
Big Thunder Mountain - This is a runaway mine train ride which reaches speeds of upto 35 mph and is suitable for older children (height restriction of 1.02m) and adults. It involves lots of drops, caves, tunnels, twists and turns. I wouldn't describe this as a scary ride but it's certainly thrilling. Big Thunder Mountain is one of Disney's main attractions and is always busy. Luckily this ride can be Fastpassed*, which I advise taking advantage of to avoid huge queues (they were over an hour long when we last visited). I have written a seperate review of Big Thunder Mountain if you would like to know more about it.
Phantom Manor - You can't miss Phantom Manor as it is set inside a huge eerie looking house on top of a hill. The queue was relatively short for this ride and there was no height or age restriction. Before you board the ride you are led into a room that 'stretches' and are swiftly made aware of the spooky goings on inside the house. The ride is a cart based ride and each themed cart holds about 3 people. The ride tells the story of a bride who waits eternally for her groom to turn up, unaware that he has been killed by an evil spirit - at least that's what I think it's about, it's quite confusing! It's a fun ride and classic Disney ride (slightly scarier than the Florida version if I remember correctly) and although it's quite spooky I wouldn't say it was scary - my then 2 year old was fine on it!
Woody's Roundup Village - This is a small western village, half of which is themed around Woody's Roundup (from Toy Story 2). This is where many of the Disney characters can be found. The village is tucked out of the way and is located right next to the Disneyland Railroad station in Frontierland. We came across Woody's Roundup village in the late afternoon and it was almost empty - we were very lucky. Pluto and Daisy Duck were outside signing autographs and meeting everybody. We went inside the village and into the first wooden house - Goofy was inside (wearing a cowboy outfit) and we took our own photos with him. We then moved onto the second wooden house and Minnie Mouse was inside (looking very pretty!) - a photographer took our photo with her but we were also allowed to take our own photos. Mickey Mouse was waiting for us outside (also in a cowboy outfit) and again there was a photographer. Next up was Woody but sadly just as we got to him he went off for a break! My daughter got to sit on Bullseye The Horse (not real, a plastic version) and have her photo taken with Stinky Pete (again not real, just a plastic version). We were given tickets to view our photographer photos at a store on Main Street USA. If you have kids Woody's Roundup Village is a must do as my daughter absolutley loved it and we got some great photos too. Make sure you check your park map first, as the characters are only there at certain times of the day.
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing - Queues weren't big for this attraction but we had to wait for the boat to pick us up. The Thunder Mesa Riverboat is a huge Missisipi riverboat and is a focal point of Frontierland in my opinion. The boat is rather beautiful and has 3 decks. It's slow moving, relaxing and suitable for everybody (though thrill seekers might want to give it a miss). The riverboat takes you around the lake and past Big Thunder Mountain.
Disneyland Railroad - The Disneyland Railroad is a beautifully decorated steam train that goes all around the outside of the Disneyland park. It stops off at all the lands, except Adventureland. The railroad is relaxing, charming and a good way of getting around the park without tiring your feet out. There is a station in Frontierland to get in and out of the land. Trains run about every 10 minutes but quite often the train is full up and you have to wait for the next one, which is a bit of a pain.
The Chaparral Theatre - This is a large stage that is set inside an old barn. The Chaparral Theatre puts on different shows at different times (check your park map) but unfortunatley we didn't get to see any of them so I can't comment on them.
Pocohontas Indian Village - An outdoor play area, complete with Pocohontas theming (inlcluding tipis). Not very useful for adults or older children, but good for younger children under 5 years.
Rustler Roundup Shootin' Gallery - This is a shooting gallery in which you use your own gun to try to shoot as many targets as possible (powered by infra-red laser, not real bullets!). The gallery has a western theme and there are 74 targets to aim for. We didn't take part in the shooting gallery but saw a few people having a go. Sadly there is an extra charge to play.
River Rogue Keelboats - These are only open throughout the summer months, which meant they were closed during our visit. The River Rogue Keelboats are wooden, quite small and have a seating area underneath as well as on top of the boat. They take you on leisurely tours of the lake.
Legends Of The Wild West - This is a walk through attraction in which you come across legends such as Buffalo Bill and Davy Crockett. None of us were really fussed about this one so we gave it a miss.
-PLACES TO EAT-
We didn't eat in Frontierland but places to eat include Silver Spur Steakhouse (table service), Last Chance Cafe (fast food), Fuente Del Oro Restuarant (fast food), The Lucky Nugget Saloon (buffet service) and Cowboy Cookout Barbecue (fast food).
We didn't look around any of the shops but places to shop include Tobias Norton and Sons, Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building, Legends of Hollywood, Eureka Mining Supplies, Bonanza Outfitters and Big Thunder Photographer. Many of the shops look like old western saloons from the outside.
The theme in Frontierland is great - it's really well done and is fun for people of all ages. I also like the fact there are speakers hidden all over Frontierland to make certain you get into the spirit (Eg. Old western music throughout and eerie music around Phantom Manor). The size of Frontierland is also a bonus and there are plenty of places to grab a bite.
The attractions are good and cater for all different ages. I definatley recommend Big Thunder Mountain, The Phantom Manor and the Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing. If you have children I also highly recommend Woody's Roundup Village.
It is very similar to Frontierland in Magic Kingdom (Florida), except both parks have a few different attractions and some of the same attractions have different names (or differ slightly). The only attraction I really miss from Magic Kingdom is Splash Mountain.
If you're a fan of Frontierland you might also enjoy a stay at hotel Cheyenne which is in the Disneyland Resort and has the same 1880s western theme to it. I have also reviewed hotel Cheyenne if you're interested.
(* Fastpass is a free service which allows you to 'jump the queues'. Just pop your park ticket into a Fastpass machine at the entrance of your chosen ride and you will issued with a Fastpass ticket which tells you a time to return to the ride.)
Frontier land is one of the five 'zones' in Disneyland Paris, as you enter the land you are transported into a scene from an old cowboy film, the scenery and the atmosphere make this zone the most appealing to me. The shops and restaurants look like old saloon bars and the rattling of Big Thunder mountain just adds to the excitement. Here is what the wild west zone has to offer..
Big Thunder mountain - Frontier land is home to one of Disneys most famous rides 'Big thunder mountain'. It is a runaway mine train that loops around 'Thunder mountain'. It zooms through tunnels and one section of the ride is in complete darkness, If you want a more thrilling ride sit towards the back of the train. This is a main attraction and has one of the longest queues in the park, they do make the queue line more exciting though by having different props along the route and little announcements by the sheriff. Children have to be 1.02 m tall to ride Thunder Mountain. Remember to smile as your photo will be displayed at the end of the ride.
River Rogue Keelboats - These are small little Keel boats that take you on a trip around Frontier land, They are only open during the summer months so we couldn't go on them, they looked great though.
Phantom Manor - This is a Disneys haunted house, it looks so creepy from the outside. When it is your turn to go in, they let about 30 people go into the house where you are shown into a lift, it seems like you are moving deep down into the house, when you come out of the lift you are shown into a passage where you get into a little car, this takes you through the house passing lots of scary things on the way.
It is fun scary rather than horror scary and my two children 5 and 10 both found it quite funny. There is no height limit but just be awear some little children might be frightened.
The queues were never really long for this as so many people go through at a time.
Pocahontas Indian Village - This is a small play area for children between 4-8. It is great to let the kids to blow of steam after queuing for a long time and as there are loads of benches around it is great for the parents to have a little sit down and plan the next adventure.
The Chaparral Theatre - this is a very large partly covered theatre, we watched a beautiful show here called Mickeys winter adventure. It is quite hidden so if you are planning on going to watch a show give yourself a bit of extra time to find it.
Woody's round up village - directly outside the village there are a few little houses, this is where Woody and Jessie make their appearances, they are timed with the ending of the shows. This isn't a queuing event you just have to try and grab your chance with them.
Rustler roundup shooting gallery - This is a payable shooting gallery, it costs 2 Euro each to fire a rifle at various targets, if you hit them something will happen, eg the door will open. We all had a go and thought it was good fun although you don't get a very long shooting time.
There are four places to eat in Frontier land
Silver spur steakhouse - This is a bookable restaurant, as the name suggests it serves steaks. It looked really nice but seemed a bit on the expensive side.
Lucky Nugget saloon, this is an eat all you want buffet. It costs aprox 20 Euro for adults and 10 Euros for children.
Last chance Cafe and Cowboy cookout barbecue - Two fast food places serving chicken, ribs, hot dogs and burgers.
We didn't eat in any of the restaurants so I can't comment on food or service.
There are not loads of rides in Frontier land and Big Thunder mountain is the queen bee, but take a little time to explore the land and you will find lots of little nooks and crannys such as the window showing Buffalo bill.
Frontier Land is themed on the wild, wild west with Disneyland Paris' version being based on the gold rush town Thunder Mesa. Personally this is my favourite of the Lands, in particular I find the scenery very impressive! The predominate landmarks in the region are the Phantom Manor, Thunder Mountain and the huge lake. There is lots of detail worked into the land, I especially like the horse hoof prints running through the flooring. As you would expect from a town of that era (1850's) all the building are made of wood, the most impressive examples of this are Fort Comstock and the Manor.
Big Thunder Mountain:
An outside mild rollercoaster impressively set around the trademark orange stone wind eroded mountains (I don't know of the real name). It is based on a run away mine cart which twists and turns through the track. There are no inversions of any type.
|| This is the most popular ride in the entire park and as a result I strongly advise to get a fastpass ticket. It is also one of the best rides, and is counted among my top 3. The setting is amazing with lots of little details not only around the ride but also in the queue area. This whole ride tells a story and builds tension through various threats on the track (water on the line, a collapsing tunnel, wild animal etc). It does travel round at quite a pace and so if you suffered from motion sickness, as with any rollercoaster, this may not be suitable for you. It is perfectly suitable for children as long as they meet the height restriction (which is 1.02m) most likely this will become their favourite ride. There is also a photo taken part way round and my family has plenty of these consisting of various poses and ages as we grew up, they are treasured in my parents household and so would recommend purchasing these upon exiting the ride.
Set indoors, although a bit of the queue line isn't under cover although this is rarely used, so perfect if the weather is not the best. "Thunder Mesa legend tells of a beautiful young woman, Melanie Ravenswood, who lived in the manor with her father for many years. Upon Melanie's engagement to a miner from Big Thunder, her father was enraged to hear of the fiancé's plans to take his daughter away from Thunder Mesa.
The wedding day arrived and the fiancé failed to appear. Ever since this fateful day, Melanie has wandered the hallways and rooms of the manor waiting for her fiancé to arrive"
|| The ride uses Doombuggys which hold 2 people, there is plenty of room though so often the cast member (staff) will allow 2 adults and a small child. The ride is full of Audio-Animatronics figures of various forms (skeletal and human alike) and uses optical allusions to best portray the plot in this home of 999 ghosts. My personal favourite bits are when the statue heads start to sing and watching the ghosts dance in the ball room. There are some mildly frightening scenes but Disney say this is suitable for children 3+ and I agree as they wouldn't understand the plot which is what builds the tension.
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing:
There are two boats, Mark Twain and Molly Brown, that take passengers around the lake.
|| The boats will take you around Thunder Mountain, there are many scenes which can be only be seen from the river. There is also plenty of wildlife to be seen (some of the plastic variety too) and you can be sure the ducks always follow the boat round in hope of a good feed! The ride lasts around 15 minutes and is very smooth, I doubt any one would get sea sick, and is suitable to all age groups. This never really capture my attention as a child but no doubt a very welcome break to any parents.
Legends of the Wild West:
This is based in Fort Comstock and is a museum type attraction which consists of climbing up into the fort and looking at various scene with a written historical description.
|| Again not a very exciting one for a child in comparison to every thing else plus push chairs and buggys I can imagine been very difficult to get up the steps. This is one more for the adults. Though be careful on the steps as when wet can be very slippy!
River Rogue Keelboats:
Firstly these only operate in summer. They are little keel boats designed to hold around 40 guests each, and there are 2 in operation.
|| I have never been on one of these, mainly due to the similarities with the Riverboats, and the fact that they do look as if they rock a bit.
Pocahontas Indian Village:
An outdoor childrens adventure playground, opened in 1997.
|| Another attraction I have never used as it was not open when I was a child and I have no peculiar longing to swing from monkey bars now! Although I believe from gleaming information for the Disney website that there is a lot more than 'just' monkey bars here with Indian tepees ect. Every thing Disney do is well themed and I don't doubt that this is too.
Disneyland Railroad Frontierland Depot:
Get on the train, see some scenery exclusive to this ride, and perhaps alight at FantasyLand, DiscoveryLand or Main Street USA!
|| This is where the mums and dads get a breather as it takes about 45mins to get right round the track. It involves no movement, just looking through the windows and relaxing. Although because of it's length I always hated this and thought of it 'as the most boring train in the world' - and in comparison to the rest of Disney, to a child this seems just oh-so ordinary and unexciting.
The Chaparral Theater:
An outdoor 1350 seat theater which show various shows depending on the season.
|| Although it is outdoors the majority of the seating (wooden tiered benches) is partially covered. The shows are very high quality and having seen Mickey's Christmas Wonderland and the Tarzan experience my self I'd recommend any show here. Also during Halloween I believe there are special events here, although I have never been to it myself. The shows are very entertaining for all ages and usually try get the audience involved. Show times are announced outside the theater but also in the Disney program, which if you're there will find at the entrance of every park and at information points. Most shows are around 30mins.
There are also a handful of different eateries in Frontier Land:
Silver Spur Steakhouse - A steakhouse as the name suggests, this is marketed as one of the more 'high class' restaurants in the park. It is table service.
|| I had a really bad experience here, with food being late, and then not we had ordered, I ended up asking for a refund in some difficulties as I don't speak french. Although the waiter who had previously seated us was very apologetic and went to get the manager who didn't turn up for 30+ mins and then claimed he didn't speak English (I have never a senior memory of staff at Disney who did not speak English and very few other staff as it is a requirement in their recruitment policy) and so knew he was lying so ended up walking out and filling a complained with City Hall. However I think I was just very unlucky and it was the only time over my 8 visits I had experienced any thing like this!
The Lucky Nugget Saloon:
A buffet type meal serving various tex-mex foods and American dishes.
|| A good value meal, and at advertised times the Disney characters come round when your eating to sign autographs. This is one of my most vivid memories as a young child and so would recommend to any parent with young children as it is certainly a childhood memory to cherish.
Cowboy Cookout Barbecue:
Fastfood type place serving lots of chicken and BBQ meals.
|| Never eaten here personally but it looks alright and they have lots of nice seats outside for summer.
Fuente del Oro Restaurante:
Again fastfood but this time Tex-Mex.
|| Hmmmmm I like this place. They do nacho's , corn on the cob, chilli... all very nice. In the restaurant there are little house birds flying around, they are meant to be there, but somepeople may find this a bit weird.
Fuente del Oro Restaurante:
Basically a snack bar offering American fastfood.
|| They have nowhere to sit down so have never eaten from here.
There are 2 shops, Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building and Big Thunder Photographer. The Mercantile Building does sell some items exclusive to Frontier Land as well as the general merchandise and so is worth a look around. Big Thunder Photographer is where you can buy your onride photos from Thunder Mountain.
Overall I think Frontier Land is more themed toward the 7+ age range as it offers them more adventurous rides than Fantasy Land with out going too overboard. The themeing is well done and can teach kids (and adults) about the American wild west society at the time of the gold rush. As mentioned before this is my favourite land mainly due to the spectacular scenery.
Further details can be found on the official Disneyland Paris website (www.disneylandparis.co.uk) or DLRPMagic (www.DLRPMagic.com).
"Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money. "
Frontierland is the first the five areas of the Disneyland Park that you will come to if you walk in a clockwise direction from the end of Mainstreet, USA (the main thoroughfare and entranceway to the park). It is, as all Disney parks are, a themed are and this time the theme is the Wild West. It is an excellent place for young cowboys (and cowgirls, of course) to discover the legends of the gold rush.
In my opinion, Frontierland is Disney at its imaginative and expressive peak. The attention to detail here is phenomenal and, although it isn't the magic that makes the younger kids' eyes light up, it will no doubt capture the imaginations of the older kids and adults alike. The rides here are thrilling, but not white knuckle and the attractions are well thought out and very well presented.
The centre-piece of Frontierland is Big Thunder Mountain, home to the run away mine train. This provides an exciting roller-coaster that is more suitable for all ages than the white knuckle rides you'll find in other 'lands'. There is still a height restriction for this ride, but it doesn't restrict many that would want to ride it. There are dips and turns and the ride is fast, but in an enjoyable way that allows you to keep your eyes open and your surroundings, rather than having them scrunched up in fear.
Big Thunder Mountain is surrounded by Thunder Mesa, a large moat that you can take a steamboat ride around. There are two paddle steam boats (the 'Mark Twain' and the 'Molly Brown') that depart on regular cruises from the Riverboat Landing. The boats are fairly large and there are very rarely any queues for this quaint and fairly scenic attraction.
The other popular ride in Frontierland is Phantom Manor, which is set up high on a haunted hill surrounded by creepy trees and gravestones. Again, the attention to detail is superb, from the area where you queue to the manor itself, the eerie scene is set. The ride begins in a waiting room and then you catch a car to travel around the manor and witness the spooky wedding of the phantom bride and groom. There is nothing scary in terms of making you jump, but there are plenty of ghosts, ghouls and other creepy things that probably will scare younger visitors.
Although Frontierland will probably be more enjoyed by older visitors, there is plenty to keep smaller visitors entertained. Pocahontas Indian Village is a play area for four to eight year old children that is themed around the legendary princess and will provide hours of fun sliding and climbing. There is also plenty of opportunity throughout the day to 'meet and greet' their favourite characters and watch shows in the Chaparral theatre.
The theme doesn't stop with the attractions in Frontierland either, it extends to the many gift shops and eating establishments as well. In the gift shops, you'll find all the usual gifts, but with a twist. For example, the character soft toys are all there, but this time many of them are wearing cowboy costumes. You'll also be able to get many other themed souvenirs, including fancy dress costumes, accessories and gifts.
As with all of the 'lands' there are a number of places to eat offering everything from fast food to buffet and a la carte restaurants along a the tex-mex theme. The Lucky Nugget Saloon is an all you can eat restaurant that is a fairly reasonably priced £20 per person for adults and £10 for children. Compared to paying £10 a head for a very mediocre burger and chips in the fast food restaurants, this does offer pretty good value for money. If you book in advance, you can also enjoy your meal here with the Disney characters.
Overall, I would say that this is my favourite of the Disneyland Paris lands; the rides are the most fun; the theme is the most imaginative; and the attractions are the most varied. No trip to the park would be the same without spending some time in Frontierland.
Frontierland is one of the many themed lands in the Disneyland park in Paris. The theming of this land is based on the American Wild West in the 1800's, Frontierlands are historically home to Cowboys, Saloons and of course the infamous Gold Rushes.
If you have visted other Disney Parks around the globe you'll notice that in Disneyland Paris Frontierland is located in the area where you would usually find adventureland. This is the largest Frontierland out of all the Disney Parks, the background story is that the town of Thunder Mesa was founded to support the mining of Big Thunder Mountain.
Every Halloween this land is converted to Halloween land! Where they have lots of scary characters hiding around every corner and lots of pumpkins and other decorations spread over the land.
There are several main attractions in this land -
Big Thunder Mountain - this is your typical runaway mine train type ride. Excellently themed and a very enjoyable ride although the queue can get very long! There is a separate review for this ride.
Thunder Mesa Riverboats - This is a relaxing riverboat ride around the rivers in Frontierland. There are 2 riverboats - the molly brown and the mark twain. From memory I think this takes about 20 minutes and there are no seats on the boat! I would enjoy this a lot more if I could sit down!
Phantom Manor - This is a typical haunted house ride. There is quite a good preshow to the ride where you are waiting in a room that stretches! You then board the rides "doom buggies" to travel through the house that has 999 happy haunts - and your "ghost host" tells you that there is room for one more. This is a good ride but may frighten some children as there is a lot of dark parts and loud noises.
There is also a train stop for the steam train that travels all the way around the park so you can get on/off the train in this land.
There are several different places to eat in the land - a cowboy BBQ restaurant, a Saloon and a steakhouse. There is also a wide variety of shops selling wild west themed disney merchandise! Although I found these shops can be pretty expensive!
Frontierland is one of my favourite lands in Disneyland. It is so well themed and has a great vibe to it. The rides are quite good and any young kids will love the wild west theme!
Frontierland is one of the original five themed areas set up in Disneyland Paris, and the idea itself was thought of by Walt Disney.
In the centre of Frontierland is a large river, around which steam boats go taking visitors on a very slow journey to see the sights. I have never experienced this as both times I have been to disneyland it has been very cold and the thought of being out on the river might have been too much! It does look like a lovely journey though.
In Frontierland is Big thunder moutain rollercoaster, in the style of a runaway train. As far as I know they have these at most disneyland sites. The ride is probably the main attraction of Frontierland and has the busiest queues in the area. It is worth getting there early or going whilst the parade is on to avoid having to queue for so long.
Frontierland is wild west themed. All the eating venues are set up like OK coral, and there are lots of cowboy style houses that you can look in the window of and they have living areas set up inside which are really good to see. There is a shooting range and the Steak house comes highly recommended from lots of my friends.
Overall Frontierland is a fantastic place to visit. They way they have done the wild west theme is so realistic it really makes you feel like you have been transported back in time. The rides and restaurants in the area are great too.
Disneyland Paris is divided into 5 different parks, Main Street USA, Adventure Land, Discovery Land, Fantasy Land and also Frontier Land. They are all themed differently and have their own themed rides and shops and other attractions.
Frontier Land is a wild western themed land in the Magic Kingdom Park, it holds some great attractions including amoung the most famous in the park Big Thunder Mountain rollar coaster which takes you through a old mineing rail road and The Phantom Manor ghost train which takes you through a story about a wife and groom who dont quite make it to the alter and haunt the house for eternity and also a lovely old style steam boat called Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing.
There is also great restaurants and shops in Frontier Land, the shops mostly sell cowboy and indian Disney gear, and stay generally in the theme of the wild west. The restaurants have a bbq ranch kind of feel to them and also there is a large steak house in this land that does a great steak and char grilled meats for approx 11 euros a person, then drinks which can cost up to 3 euros, there is a real american feel to the restaurants in this land.
There is also a Pocahontas Indian Village in Frontier Land which is a great play ground for younger children, though there is no rides in this playground, it still is pretty impressive for a playground and meets Disney standards, apart from not being well sheltered when it is very sunny and not being fit for use in the rain.
Frontier Land is a great land in the Disneyland Paris Magic Kingdom, and is also common in other Disney Parks, including the Orlando Magic Kingdom and the California Magic Kingdom. It is worth a visit if you go to the park.
Frontierland is supposed to feel like you are in the old west during the time of the gold rush. There is a river running through frontierland on which are two 'Old Orleans' type paddle steamers that you can go for little trips on. In the Middle of the river/lake is a section of the areas main attraction - Big Thunder Mountain - this island is reached by hurtling through underground tunnels which eventually come up on this island surrounded by water. The ghostly phantom manor attraction is in this area, it is basically a very sophisticated and upmarket ghost train, it tends to scare the heebie-jeebies out of little ones though so be careful! If you happen to visit in October you will find Frontierland has been converted into Halloweenland and you will see many pumpkins. ghosts and creepy creatures in this area. There is a good shooting gallery and a excellent steakhouse called the Silver Spur - you will get the best steak in Disney here no doubt! For those of you who love barbecues there is a great restaurant in this area called the cowboy cookout, their ribs and chicken are excellent and reasonably priced. There are a lot of shops selling authentic American goods - my two both came home with original pink Stetsons! One of the best land in my experience - we nearly spent the whole day here!
The rides I would say not to miss here are Big Thunder Mountain which you can get a fast pass for and if it is really busy you will probally have at least one hour before you need to go back, which is what happened with us. In that time we stayed in Frontierland and went firstly to the Phantom Manor and we also had time to do the riverboat, aboard the Molly Brown.
The riverboat cruise around the river which fills the centre of Frontierland was very relaxing, we were lucky enough to get a seat on the back of the boat! They have wonderful detail around the lake to keep an eye out for; a little house with a dog, rats swinging on a tree... wont spoil it all for you! It takes around 15 mins to do the trip and every few mins you hear the screams of those on the Big Thunder Mountain ride - might be better to do BTM first then the boat trip if you are taking a child who is a bit nervous as it put the 10 year old off going on the ride afterwards!
BTM was very fast and was a really good stepping ride to a rollercoaster for kids who arent to sure they would like a rollercoaster or those who dont want to go upside down, this is an ideal alternative.
The critter coral wasn't really anything when we went to it, we were left wondering if we had missed out on something. They have a stinky pete, the horse and other toy story characters to have your photo taken with and the dressed up characters do visits during the day which we did miss.
It does have a nice western feel and sells a lot of western toys obviously aimed more at boys than girls, but the girls really enjoyed spending a few hours in this section of the park.
There was also a Tarzan show which they did not want to watch and other parts they were not too interested in visiting with their maps in hands they had already decided on other parts they wanted to visit more!
Disneyland Paris is made up of 5 lands and Frontier land can be found next to Main Street USA which is where you first enter the park.
Frontier land is set in the American West with a huge river that circles Big Thunder Mountain where dreams of gold become a reality.
As you arrive into Frontier land you will see signs for Thunder Mesa and that is the name of this fictional town and we enter it at the height of the gold rush.
As you enter the park you walk through an exhibit of Western life and it really is like going back in time and the smell, I don't think that it could be any more western as the distinct smell of horses is in the air!
You can circle the river on an old-fashioned riverboat trip onboard one of the elegant riverboats Molly Brown or Mark Twain, at the time of our visit the park was fairly quiet and only one of the boats was in operation and this happened to be the Molly Brown we took the ride around the rivers of the Far West and passed Wilderness Island where a moose could be seen grazing on some grass on the river bank, passing pass the Theatre and Pocahontas Indian Village.
If you decide to visit Frontier land when you first arrive at the park you will see a big queue to enter this land and as the rope is lifted everyone will launch forward to Big Thunder Mountain a long rollercoaster ride taking you inside Big Thunder Mountain itself with grazing donkeys, cheeky goats tugging on the washing and toppling rocks. A real ride its no wonder this is the most popular attraction in Thunder Mesa.
This ride is classed as a fast paced rollercoaster but after you experience the many other rides that Walt Disney Parks have to offer its easy to see why I class this one as a "tame" rollercoaster!
I personally always go in the opposite direction to the crowd and head straight for Phantom Manor and as it was so cold we wanted to get back into the warm and as you approach you can hear the eerie music playing from the manor and as you arrive at the door to the Manor your host opens the door and ushers you into the manor with a bang of the door and the ride begins...will yet exit alive or will you be transformed into a ghost by the Phantom of the Manor??
Rustler Roundup Shootin' Gallery can be found just before Thunder Mountain giving you the chance to show off your shooting skills and prove that you are a real cowboy, with 74 animated targets to hit this is at an additional charge.
An outdoor children's adventure playground can be found at Frontier land called the Pocahontas Indian Village and this allows children to explore the village and learn about the village that Pocahontas lived in.
Woody's Roundup Village is located in the corner of Frontier land between the Disneyland Railroad line and is where you can find Woody and Jessie from Toy Story 2. At the time of our visit to Disneyland Paris this was also where you could find Santa and have your photograph taken with him. Outside the wooden hut you will find a cut out scene of Stinky Pete and this is a great place to get your photo taken and a little further around the corner is Bullseye Woody's horse and you can mount him for an action shot!
The Chaparral Theatre is where you will currently find the show Mickey's Winter Wonderland a Christmas show with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and friends on a gigantic stage inside an old farmyard barn with seating to over 1350 guests on wooden tiered benches, it's a great place to catch your characters at their full potential singing and dancing and joking with one another and the Winter Wonderland Show is spectacular with snow falling from the roof and donkeys pulling a sleigh across the stage it really feels magical and after all isn't that what Disney is about? The times for the shows can be found in the programme guide and you will find it in both French and English so there is no need to wait for a certain show but make sure you get there at least 30 minutes before the start time to get a good seat and be ready to participate in some fun!!
Finally to hop over to the next land at Disney I highly recommend the Railroad Frontier land Depot which is the old-fashioned railroad journey around the Magic Kingdom and this stop serves as the watering and refuelling of the engines which is quite interesting to watch if you can get a carriage towards the front but it allows you to take some time out from the adrenaline pumping rides located throughout the park and to rest those weary feet.
Frontier land is a real experience in itself with plenty of places to eat including The Silver Spur Steakhouse a table service restaurant, Lucky Nugget Saloon a buffet service style restaurant, Cowboy Cookout Barbeque which offers barbecued chicken, ribs and hamburgers and we actually ventured in here and the food looked great but it was just a little too busy for us to wait. Last Chance Café is American cuisine and is great to catch something to keep you going on the go.
As with all of the lands in the Disneyland Park you will find that they have plenty of shops for you to purchase Disney Merchandise and gifts to take home including clothing themed around Frontier land, pin badges, soft toys and much more.
There are definately better parts of the Disneyland Paris park but may will still find this entertaining with the shows that take place in the theatre and Phantom Manor and Big Thunder Mountain are attractions that cannot be missed.