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Big Thunder Mountain
Nearly 200 feet high over Frontierland, Big Thunder mountain looks much like the landscape of the American west. A set of weather-beaten stone and wood buildings mark the start of an adventure on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The theme is complete with authentic mining equipment, a coal furnace, mule pen and other details. You board a set of mining cars and the adventure begins.
Sharp drops and steep rises are on the menu as the train hurtles through a mining camp and a pine forest, narrowly avoiding a dynamite explosion and nasty gunfighters, then its on to a flooding river with waters washing away the tracks. Suddenly its all over and the train glides to a halt in the company station, safe and sound. This is one of the best rides in the park, and thus is often very crowded.
The ride is set on an island in the middle of a lake, and features a photo option just like Splash Mountain.
The Chaparral Theatre
Watch Disney country and western shows in this huge outdoor wooden barn-style theatre. The current show is called Tarzan Encounter and is a music/dance/acrobatic type show based on the movie.
This is a small Western ranch with a selection of farm animals roaming the corrals. Like the old Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland California, you can roam around and pet the various friendly farm animals.
Disneyland Railroad Frontierland Station
Grab a seat on this authentic steam train excursion around the theme park to Main Street, U.S.A., Discoveryland and Fantasyland.
Fort Comstock with it's log stockade-style towers stands guard over the entrance to Frontierland from the Central Plaza. Part of the Fort is a tribute to the old west with a series of displays highlighting the adventure of the era. Outside the fort is a Native American camp, the natives are dressed in appropriate garb.
Legends of the Wild West
Learn the legends of the Old West on this self-guided historical tour through Fort Comstock and the adjacent Cheyenne Indian village.
Like the Haunted Mansions at Disneyland California and Walt Disney World, this is an adventure of the afterlife. As you enter the imposing two story house, a voice from beyond the grave invites you to tour the premises. A door creaks shut and you find yourself in a windowless, door-less chamber.
The wall slides away and you are invited further into the house, into a black "Doom Buggy" which takes you from room to room. Creaking doors and mocking laughter echo round you as you start your tour. Throughout the trip you are haunted by ghost and ghost, special effects abound and it is an impressive ride all the way around.
It should be noted that all commentary on this ride is in French.
Pocahontas Indian Village
American pioneer adventure in an exciting playground inspired by the Walt Disney animated film of the same name.
River Rogue Keelboats
These two keel boats carry 40 passengers on trips round the islands in the Rivers of the Far West. The skippers provide an entertaining spiel as you travel along.
Rustler Roundup Shootin' Gallery
A high tech shooting arcade, where light beams are used in place of bullets, this is one of the few attractions that have an additional charge.
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing
Two river boats, the "Mark Twain" and the "Molly
Brown" travel the Rivers of the Far West, both boats are beautifully fitted with teak
decks, with brass and mahogany fittings. You get a wonderful view of tall the park
attractions, including many audio animatronic figures. It is a nice place to take a break
from the hassle of running from ride to ride.
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