Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom recently were surprised to see a previously charged Disney attraction is now available to experience for free! The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, which previously charged a fee for Guests to play is now free of charge.
The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade had previously been closed since all of the Walt Disney World theme parks closed in March of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon reopening last summer, the arcade remained closed likely due to concerns over it being a high-touch surface. With new developments on how the virus is spread, attractions similar to the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade began to reopen, however this attraction only opened back up to Guests last week.
Upon reopening, Guests quickly learned that the game is now available free of charge! No official announcement has been made by Disney regarding this change. In fact, if you head over to Disney’s official website or check the My Disney Experience app, you’ll see the old note that there is an additional fee to play and the headline stating that the attraction is still temporarily closed. As such, we aren’t sure how long this will last, though we think it is safe to assume this is an added bonus for the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort.
If you have not tried your hand at the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, we highly recommend this classic Frontierland attraction (especially while it is free to play!) The arcade features replica .54 caliber Hawkins buffalo rifles that Guests can use to shoot targets using projectile-free infrared technology. It’s all housed in a rustic cabin themed after Boot Hill, in the frontier town of Tombstone, Arizona, so the arcade is truly a great way to immerse yourself into the story of the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland.
Be sure to test your skills next time you’re in the park and see how you’d hold up in the Frontier!