Moving on from the small kid orientated lands of Fantasyland and Mickey’s Toontown, I next found myself wandering into Frontierland, another of Disneyland’s famous eight themed lands, this one styled to match the aesthetic of the 19th century American Wild West.
Conceived by Walt Disney as one of the five original themed lands in Disneyland, Frontierland did not initially contain many attractions – but rather centered on open expanses of wilderness which could be travelled across via stagecoach, pack mules, wagon, hiking and even a sedate train ride.
That has of course long since changed and these days every instance of Frontierland across all the Disney theme parks include a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride and a stretch of riverfront.
In this park’s case, the Rivers of America is home to the Mark Twain Riverboat as well as the Sailing Ship Columbia (a replica of American explorer Robert Gray’s 18th century ship that circumnavigated the globe), with the Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island sitting in its middle.
If you feel like food with a show, step into the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, or sharpen up your shooting skills at the Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition, situated just as you enter through the fort style gate.
(Neither of which I actually tackled mind you, primarily because I was far more interested in standing in a queue for what looked like it was going to be pretty decent roller coaster ride!)
As fun as a ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster was, I was actually a bit unfortunate on the day in that a large number of Frontierland’s attractions were currently either shuttered or closed to the public – all in an effort to make way for the new Star Wars themed land currently under construction (which you could peek at if you found a high enough vantage point like I did), slated for a 2019 grand opening.
Not that it mattered all that much though – there was still a lot of crowds left to work my way through and PLENTY of Disneyland still left to see!
Next up in my first ever (and realistically, only) exploration of Disneyland – New Orleans Square!