Frontierland Shootin' Arcade
This attraction features
rifles that are chained down, and work on infrared signals. Aim at various
things - window, a door, a buzzard, a can, a gravestone, and
shoot....whistles go off, trains roll on, noise is made and sometimes a
voice says, "Good shooting, pardner." ....
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something for junior to do while everyone goes on Splash Mountain? Well,
the arcade is a fun way to spend some time. The rifles are chained down,
and work on infrared signals. As you aim at a window, a door, a buzzard, a
can, a gravestone, and shoot....whistles go off, trains roll on, noise is
made and sometimes a voice says, "Good shooting, pardner."
The arcade is shaded, and is right next to the Bears'
Jamboree. Anyone can do this, but you need to be strong enough to hold the
gun up. This is an unexpected little thing to do, that really is a good
break from the action.
With so many of the
rides at Disney having height requirements, the Frontierland Shooting
Arcade is one of the few attractions at the park that is fun for everyone
including the vertically challenged youngsters you may have with you.
I am pretty sure that when I was a kid the rifles that
you use at the arcade shot steel BBÍs but todayÍs guns use infrared beams
to gain the same effect. Basically what you do here is point, aim, shoot,
and enjoy the show that happens if you hit your target.
You can choose from a variety of things to shoot at.
Tin canÍs, gravestones, a dirty old crow sitting on a branch are a few
examples of what your targets are. One of my favorite targets has always
been a tree stump that when you shoot it, a possum comes up out of the
stump and makes a funny sound. In fact almost anything you hit at the
arcade will emit a sound effect that will generally make you laugh.
The only problem that I have found with the arcade at
times is the same one that you would find in any traveling carnival, often
the rifles sights are off by a pretty sizable margin. This can be quite
frustrating for the little marksman in your family and has bruised many
adult males egos through the years.
Overall I give the Frontierland Shooting Arcade high marks as a
juvenile way to pass the day away or keep your vertically challenged
children busy while the rest of the family is on another ride.
Frontierland Shootin' Arcade used real lead
pellets, and because of the pellets chipping off paint they had to repaint
the attraction every night, so they ended up using 2000 gallons of paint a
FrontierLand Shootin' Arcade is a
traditional Tombstone Arizona style shooting arcade. Gun positions
overlook Boothill, complete with cemetary, jail, hotel and bank. The very
real looking hunting rifles are actually genuine .54-calibur Hawkins
buffalo rifles, which have been refitted to shoot infra-red beams of light
rather than pellets.
The are 97 targets to shoot at, and each
reacts to being hit. Tombstones either rise, spin, sink, or change
epitaphs. A ghost rider gallops across the sky when the cloud is hit,
whilst a skull pops out of it's grave when a bullseye on a nearby
gravedigger's shovel is hit. The arcade has screaming ricochet's and
howling coyotes provided for good measure courtesy of the sound system.
There's a 25-cent charge per play for
the Shootin Arcade, to help stop people hogging it.
Frontierland Shooting Arcade is not really an attraction, but is
definetely worth seeing. It is a small store front row of rifles and
targets. The targets animate something when they are hit with the infared
buffalo rifles. This game costs 50 cents for about 15 shots (I think). It
is very fun and a nice cool place to rest and practice your aim. The
Frontierland Shooting Arcade is located on the left near the entrance to
Frontierland from Liberty
Square. It is sort-of
tucked into a small courtyard and is dark. There are no doors to get
inside. You just walk up, pop your quarters into the coin slots and fire