Advantages Atmosphere, Rides, Family friendly, YeeHA!
Disadvantages Can get busy.
|Is it worth visiting?|
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
Basically a snack bar offering American fastfood.
|| They have nowhere to sit down so have never eaten from here.
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).
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