We recently reported the exciting news that the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade reopened following its closure during COVID-19 free of charge for Guests hoping to test their skills in the Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately, it seems as though the decision to make this attraction available for free may have been too good to be true.
The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, which has been at the Magic Kingdom since the park’s opening day on October 1, 1971, is listed as closed on Walt Disney World’s official website beginning November 27, 2021. Typically when an attraction has a closing date listed like this, it would indicate a refurbishment and not a permanent closure, however Walt Disney World does keep a list of upcoming refurbishments on their website and the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is not included.
Disney has been proactive in making official announcements for when attractions and entertainment will close so that Guests who want to be sure to experience them a final time can plan accordingly, but no announcement or confirmation of a closure has been made by Disney up until this point regarding the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade.
For now, it seems the arcade will be closing permanently on November 27. If the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is on your Magic Kingdom must-do list, we recommend getting to Frontierland before November 27 to be safe if you want to ensure you are able to experience it before it’s gone (at least it’s free now?) While the arcade is not one of the most popular attractions, it does provide a fun dose of nostalgia for some Guests and it would be sad to lose an opening day offering, even something as “small” as an arcade.
If Disney does end up making an official announcement on the status of the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, and whether it will reopen or not, we will be sure to keep you updated!