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Westernland Attractions

Attractions are described as they are encountered after entering Westernland.

Westernland Shootin' Gallery

A high tech shooting arcade, where light beams are used in place of bullets, there is a charge for use, although the fee is fairly low. You win various plush toys.

Country Bear Theater

For anyone other than your cynical teenager, it's just about impossible to go though this show without tapping your feet and smiling at your friends (and even a few teens quietly smile). More than 2 dozen audio-anamatronic animals provide an old style singing revue. From the singing moose heads on the wall to the bears on the stage, it's quite a show.

One of the best effects features 'Teddi Barra", who swings above the crowd on a rope swing suspended from the ceiling. If you can get past some of the cornball jokes, it's a lot of fun and a cool place to relax. Every seat offers a great view, so no need to fight for the ones up front.

Three shows rotate during the year: Vacation Hoedown, Country Bear Review and Jingle Bell Hoedown.

Diamond Horseshoe Revue

An old style dance hall show, just like one out of the old west, it features more corny jokes than you thought possible, but it's still a great deal of fun. Also worth trying here is the rich chocolate cake, which can feed a couple of hungry audience members.

The stage shows are presented here, one is the Diamond Horseshoe Review, an old west stage show complete with music and corny jokes. The other is the Hoop De Doo Revue, a cowboy themed show offered with dinner.

Mark Twain Riverboat

This riverboat navigated the Rivers of America around Tom Sawyer's Island. The cruise around the river (about 1/2 mile long), is a pleasant one, offering views of many Disney attractions as well as some special audio animatronics that can only be viewed from the decks of the Mark Twain. Be sure and walk around the ship on your trip, and take in all of the detail.

Big Thunder Mountain

Nearly 200 feet high over Frontierland,  Big Thunder mountain looks much like the landscape of the American west. A set of weatherbeaten stone and wood buildings mark the start of an adventure on Big Thunder mountain Railroad. The theming is comprehensive 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.

Tom Sawyer Island Rafts

These rafts carry you over to Tom Sawyer Island.

Tom Sawyer Island

Right smack in the center of the Rivers of America, this island is every young boy's dream. A real fort overlooks the whole island, with airguns for the kids to shoot to their heart's content. Also on the island is the old caves that Becky and Tom got lost in, an old suspension bridge, and a working old waterwheel run mill. Some of the other attractions are a bit more geared to the younger set. One of the best deals here are the many footpaths. While they are well trod, you can frequently find yourself all alone in a quiet little corner of the island. It's cool and peaceful even on the most crowded days.

 

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