Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade Closes Permanently: Last Look at a Magic Kingdom Opening Day Attraction

Shannen Ace

A detailed miniature diorama depicts an old Western desert scene with cacti, tombstones, a cross, and a wooden sign. The backdrop shows a twilight sky and rocky formations.

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade Closes Permanently: Last Look at a Magic Kingdom Opening Day Attraction

Take a last look at the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom that has closed permanently to make way for a new Disney Vacation Club Member lounge. The final day of operation was June 23, 2024.

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

Visitors walk near a rustic wooden entrance gate with a sign reading "Frontierland" in an amusement park, surrounded by log buildings, trees, and a clear blue sky.

The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is near the start of Frontierland, past The Diamond Horseshoe. A wooden archway frames a bridge-like walkway into the DVC kiosk next door. The kiosk and the arcade look like they’re made of logs.

Entrance to a themed log cabin structure with a "Getaway" sign, wooden archway, and rope details. Guests are walking and exploring the area on a sunny day.

With the new lounge, the DVC kiosk might also change. The DVC lounge will be “inspired by the bygone era of exploration and adventure.”

A wooden log cabin structure with Frontierland Shootin' Arcade sign, a trash can, and a paved walkway in a theme park under a clear blue sky.

A boardwalk with stairs and ramps leads to the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade. It’s set back from the main walkway. The pavement nearby has horseshoe marks.

A wooden building with a sign that reads "Frontierland Shootin' Arcade." There are two trash cans in front and a fence bordering the sidewalk.

A facade on the left is made out of green-gray stone. An animal skull with large antlers is mounted above a window behind the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade sign. More antlers are on the roof.

Photo of Frontierland Shootin' Arcade. The building has a rustic, log cabin design with a stone chimney, surrounded by rail fencing and trees. Two trash cans are visible in the foreground.

The ramps and flowerbeds are lined with railings made out of wooden posts. The flowerbeds are full of simple grasses and shrubs. There are crates and barrels on a balcony of the stone facade.

An empty outdoor area with a western-themed building named "Frontierland Shootin' Arcade." Trees and a few wooden structures are visible. The sky is clear with some sunlight.

A tree in front of the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade sits in a large brown box that doubles as a bench.

A wooden building with a large sign that reads "Frontierland Shootin Arcade" in front of a bright blue sky.

Old-fashioned lamps line the edge of the roof. The columns of the overhang resemble tree trunks that haven’t been sanded down. The attraction’s sign features two crossed rifles.

A miniature Western-themed shooting gallery, featuring various targets and props, including cacti and a wooden structure labeled "BOOT HILL." Control panels with buttons are visible in the foreground.

Under the overhang is a concrete wall resembling brown clay or rock where the game rifles sit. Built into the front of the wall are panels for payment. The arcade has been free-to-play for guests since September 2021, but it was $1 before that. When Walt Disney World still used ticket tiers, the arcade was a B-ticket attraction.

A weathered, metal control panel embedded in a rough, textured surface displays numbers 11 and 12. There are two buttons and a circular knob labeled "FREE".

There are slots for coins labeled with the respective rifle’s number. After the game was made free, stickers reading “free” were added to the panels and “free to play” signs were hung on the nearby columns.

A faux antique rifle is displayed on a patterned mat in front of a themed backdrop featuring rock formations, gravestones, and a spooky tree under moody lighting.

The rifles are made of brown wood with golden hardware and black barrels. They each sit on a red mat featuring a Western pattern. They have black elastic coils keeping them attached to the wall through the mats.

A theme park ride scene depicting an eerie graveyard with tombstones, a menacing tree with crows, and a rifle pointing towards the tree.

The guns originally shot lead pellets. In 1982, the system was updated to use infrared lights instead. This saved Disney a lot of time and money, as crews used to have to repaint the targets every night.

An indoor amusement park scene featuring a spooky, Wild West-style cemetery with tombstones, an eerie tree with a face, and multiple targets. Guns and colorful blankets are in the foreground.

Beyond the wall is a tableau of props and set pieces inspired by Tombstone, Arizona, and a Boothill cemetery circa 1850. There are buttes on the sides and in the painted background. A vulture is on a small wooden bridge crossing a dried stream.

A detailed diorama depicts a spooky, old western graveyard with tombstones, a gnarled tree, and crows, with toy guns in the foreground aimed at various targets.

“Boothill” is painted in red on a wooden plank sign. Red, glowing infrared targets are visible on various props. One is on a shovel that moves in and out of an open grave. Shooting a target triggers an effect. For example, shooting the shovel causes a skull to pop out of the grave.

A Halloween-themed display features a spooky tree with a face, surrounded by vultures and tombstones. The background includes a western-style town with buildings labeled "Saloon" and "Jail.

The foreground of the scene features the cemetery’s many graves. Near the center of the scene is a leafless tree. Two vultures are perched on the tree branches, and another is on the Boothill sign. An owl with large yellow eyes is in a hollow of the tree. Shooting the targets below these birds triggers movement and sound effects.

A miniature Old West scene featuring cacti, gravestones, an eerie tree, and small buildings. The detailed setup includes various props and decorations, with a backdrop depicting a sunset sky.

In the background are miniature buildings with lights glowing behind their windows. A train with targets on each car drives past the town in the distance. There are various types of cacti and other desert plants.

A themed diorama with a western ghost town features a skeletal figure in a tree, tombstones with humorous epitaphs, and a cactus with yellow flowers in the foreground.

Shooting the gravestones will cause them to jiggle or move up and down. Though the guns no longer use real pellets, they still have shooting sound effects.

A spooky display labeled “Boot Hill” featuring tombstones, gnarled trees, and owls. The scene suggests a haunted graveyard setting.

Shooting the Boothill sign causes it to light up. Behind the sign is a hill with openings into a mine. Shooting a target above one of the mine openings causes a mine car to roll between them.

A small door labeled "Lucky #13" with a metal knob, set in a textured, rocky surface with a red and black vertical stripe in the center.

The mine is Lucky #13.

Desert-like diorama featuring a weathered wooden gate and tombstone labeled 'Here Lies TRIGG Baxter,' surrounded by rocky terrain and plastic spiders. A gun barrel and a signpost are visible in the foreground.

Groundhogs pop out of holes in the ground. There’s a snake under the bridge.

Indoor scene featuring an artificial rocky landscape with cacti and three large spiders positioned on the rocks. A wooden structure is partially visible on the right.

There are large skittering spiders on the buttes that will run away if shot at.

A desert-themed display features two large cacti, a wooden fence, a cattle skull on the ground, and a bird's nest on one cactus. The backdrop depicts a rugged desert landscape.

Bats above a cactus will descend upon it. The horns on a large animal skeleton spin.

A detailed diorama depicting a Wild West scene with a large cactus, skull, gravestones, and old buildings including a hotel and livery stable set against a mountainous backdrop.

The detailed miniature town of Tombstone features buildings labeled “Hotel,” “Livery Stable,” and “Bank.” When the stable doors open, the shadow of a horse is visible inside. Other buildings feature the shadows of people in the windows.

A detailed diorama depicting an Old West town with a sunset backdrop. Visible are gravestones in the foreground, a hotel, and various other buildings against a mountainous landscape.

There’s a coffin creaking open among the gravestones.

A cracked tombstone with the inscription: "He loved to dance, he drank his fill, he drinks no more, he dances still." In the background is a wooden structure in a dimly lit setting.

This cracked gravestone is dated 1855 and reads:

He loved to dance
He drank his fill
He drinks no more
He dances still

A weathered tombstone with the inscription "An arrow shot straight n' true made its mark on _____'s love," surrounded by rocks. Another tombstone is visible in the background with barely readable text.

A skeletal figure shows up on this gravestone, which reads:

An arrow shot straight n’ true
Made its mark on Little Lou

A tombstone reading "One last drink was his demise, and died after reaching Red Eye Den. Dec 24" with a bottle and a plaid kerchief draped over it, in a dimly lit scene.

There’s a bottle on top of this gravestone and a broken bottle next to it.

One last drink was his demand
Died a reaching
Red Eye Dan
Dec 21

Weathered wooden sign in a rocky environment reads, "A. Carpenter trapped when in his coffin he napped." Nearby are other similar signs and a button with two red lights.

Some of the grave markers are planks of wood on posts instead of the more traditional stone slabs.

A. Carpenter

Trapped when in his coffin he napped

A saw moves through the ground in front of this marker.

A weathered wooden sign reads "Rest in Peace Henry Baker. He has gone to meet his maker" with a red pin on it, placed on rocky ground.

The letters look like they’ve been painted on the wood.

rest in Peace Henry Baker

he has gone to Meet his Maker

A glowing inscription on a rock reads, "As I am now you soon may be so be prepared to follow me." The surrounding area is rugged with rocks and tree roots.

The front of this gravestone reads:

As I am now
You soon may be
So be prepared
To follow me

It spins, revealing a second epitaph:

To follow you
I’m not content
Til I know
Which way
You went

A tombstone engraved with "Six Gun Tex lies in this grave. Used his gun for a close shave" with a skull wearing a hat in front of it. The area appears rocky and dimly lit.

Six Gun Tex
Lies in this grave
Used his gun
For a closer shave

A wooden sign with the text “Six Feet Down In Gabe Joe His Hole Was Fast His Draw Was Slow April 17” is placed against a rocky surface, illuminated by blue and red lighting.

This tombstone spins if shot.

Six feet down
Lies Gabby Joe
His talk was fast
His draw was slow
April 17

A carnival-style shooting gallery with rifle props and a Western-themed backdrop, including a ghost town, tombstones, and an eerie tree with perched birds.

As long as someone is playing, there is constant sound and movement at the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade.

Two wooden, coin-operated souvenir machines with digital displays and buttons, offering custom coin pressing services. Machines are placed against a rustic brick wall.

On the boardwalk next to the arcade are two pressed penny machines. These may be moved elsewhere once construction begins. Each machine offers three designs.

A sign for souvenir coins featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. One coin costs $1, and three coins cost $3, payable by credit card only if all three are purchased. "We provide the penny.

This machine has simple penny designs with the faces of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy.

Sign displaying souvenir coins: "1 souvenir coin for $1, $1 for 1 coin, 3 souvenir coins for $3, use credit card only if you want all 3 coins. We provide the penny." Features images of coins.

The other machine has themed pennies: Mickey as a cowboy, Woody from “Toy Story,” Donald as a cowboy.

A person sits on a bench outside a rustic building with wooden walls and stone accents. Various signs and barrels are visible next to an entrance. The area is dimly lit with overhead string lights.

There are two benches and a table in front of the stone facade. A checkerboard with no pieces is on the table.

A rustic porch with wooden furniture, including stools and a table, features stone walls decorated with old-fashioned posters and a lantern. A wooden crate and barrel are also present.

There’s a wooden barrier between the seating and a set of props at the edge of the boardwalk.

A rustic wooden corner with a wagon wheel, barrel, crates, and lanterns. Various vintage posters are displayed on the stone wall, along with a cow skull mounted above.

There is a large crate, barrel, wheel, and board. This used to be a Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom location. The game closed permanently in early 2021. Disney removed the portal screen and added new posters to the bulletin board.

A rustic bulletin board displays vintage posters, lanterns, and a cow skull. Posters include advertisements for rodeos, reviews, and cafés, evoking a Western-themed setting.

In the center is a purple and white poster for The Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

A vintage-style poster advertises "The Hoop Dee Doo Revue" featuring "The Pioneer Hall Players" with promises of fine singing, fancy dancing, and fun for all.

It advertises the Pioneer Hall Players, fine singing, fancy dancing, and fun for all.

Vintage-style poster for "Wind Wagon Co." advertising "Sail Westward Ho" powered by wind and horse, with an illustration of a covered wagon. A coiled rope and lantern are nearby.

This poster reads:

Wind Wagon Co.

Sail Westward Ho

Wind and Horse Power

This is in reference to two films: “Westward Ho, the Wagons!” (1956) and “The Saga of Windwagon Smith” (1961). Westward Ho is also the name of a food kiosk in Frontierland.

Vintage-style sign advertising land for sale in Silver Hill, Colorado, offering hundreds of acres on 17 years credit at 6% interest and low prices. Rope and partial signs are visible in the background.

This flyer advertises hundreds of acres of land for sale in Silver Hill, Colorado. That’s the setting of the 1972 film “Snowball Express.”

A vintage-style sign for "The Great South Seas Cattle Drive" showing a drawing of a cow with contact information for Lincoln Costain. The sign is mounted on wood with another partly visible sign beside it.

Contact Lincoln Costain for information about The Great South Sees Cattle Drive. Lincoln Castain is the main character of “The Castaway Cowboy” (1974). South Seas as a name has been used by Disney several times including for a club in “The Rocketeer” and a former shop at Disneyland.

A vintage-looking "Help Wanted" sign on aged paper reads "Help Wanted on the Rio Grande. Bring Your Own Firearm." It lies among various items, including a piece of rope and a partially visible document.

Partially hidden under the Hoop Dee Doo Revue poster is a help wanted ad for the Rio Grande.

A sign reads "NOTICE GOLD MINERS WANTED Board and Room - Daily Meals - Weekly Baths" with additional smaller text and decorative elements.

Another notice asks for gold miners. This features the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Big Thunder Mining Company logos.

A vintage-style poster advertising "Doctor Terminus" with remedies for instant relief and miracle cures, surrounded by other old-time notices, including one for miners and another for packs and horses.

The world-renowned Doctor Terminus is in town with “remedies for instant relief and miracle cures from across the seven seas.” Doctor Terminus is straight out of “Pete’s Dragon” (1977).

A collection of vintage-style signs and posters featuring ornate designs and text, with one prominent sign in the center displaying "Pack Mules and Horses" and an illustration of a horse.

Next to Terminus’ poster is one for pack mules and horses: “We tack ’em, you pack ’em.”

Vintage-style poster advertising "Catfish Riding Cowgirl" event on August 10-11 at Pecos River, New Mexico. Features text and an illustration of a cowgirl riding a catfish.

The Amazing Slue-Foot Sue is “the one and only catfish riding cowgirl” according to this ad. Slue-Foot Sue is a character from the Pecos Bill section of “Melody Time” and previously hosted dinner shows at The Diamond Horsehoe next door.

A weathered yellow sign for "Hard Times Cafe" offering "Staple & Fancy Victuals" since 1849, with additional text promoting apple dumplings, next to horse tack and a "Cowgirl" labeled hat.

When in Quake City, shake things up at the Hard Times Cafe. This is in reference to “The Apple Dumpling Gang” (1975), with apple dumplings noted as a “specialty of the house” on the poster.

A detailed miniature diorama depicts an old Western desert scene with cacti, tombstones, a cross, and a wooden sign. The backdrop shows a twilight sky and rocky formations.

Sunday, June 23, 2024 was the final day to experience the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade before it closed. Disney also filed a construction permit for the neighboring Frontier Trading Post.

Watch our video of the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade at Magic Kingdom below.

Other versions of the attraction include Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition at Disneyland, Westernland Shootin’ Gallery at Tokyo Disneyland, and Rustler Roundup Shootin’ Gallery at Disneyland Paris.

The closure of the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is part of many changes coming to Frontierland. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which replaces Splash Mountain, opens on June 28. Later this summer, the Country Bear Musical Jamboree will open.

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