Category Archives: Frontierland

Another Place to get Corndogs

I love corndogs–don’t you? Is it Corn Dog or Corndog? Or just called delicious? One of my favorite foods at Disneyland is the hand-dipped corndogs, usually obtained at the corndog cart at the end of Main Street on the hub.

There is one other place to get the same hand-dipped corndogs though. And I always forget about it.

The Stage Door Cafe?

Yep, right there in Frontierland next to the Golden Horseshoe is a little quick service window tucked away in the corner.

Identifiable by its distinctive sign

The menu is right there on the door, and as you can see, no wait.

Featuring corndogs and some other things that aren't corndogs

The best part is this:


Yep, unlike the Main Street corndog stand, the Stage Door Cafe actually has seating! Why do I always forget about this place when I cannot resist the siren call of the corndog? I have no idea.


Big Thunder BBQ: Santa’s Reindeer Round-Up

I have eaten a large portion of the gingerbread man my son decorated at preschool. Does that make me a bad person? Please say no. In my defense, he didn’t even finish the first piece of it he got and clearly did not like it. So that makes it okay. Right?

Way at the back of the park in Frontierland is the Big Thunder BBQ. It’s a rather expensive eating spot with all-you-care-to-eat ribs and BBQ chicken. I’ve never eaten there, but I’ve heard it’s good.

But during the various holiday season it transforms.

Cool sign

Back in the day when I worked at Downtown Disney and was considered a cast member, we got to attend the cast member Christmas party, and at said party, this area hosted a cookie decorating station.

See, it all comes back around. I bet you were wondering what my eating Theo’s cookie had to do with Disneyland, so there ya go.

There are extensive decorations.

It's a wagon and stuff

My mother-in-law makes quilts. Hers are kickass.

Apropos of nothing, I just looked up a recipe for figgy pudding. No thanks.

Anyway, Big Thunder Ranch BBQ also has a small stage which hosts a lot of fun little acts.

Country Christmas Round-Up

Closer shot of the stage and performers

Like most Disney performances, the Reindeer Round-Up is participatory to children brave enough to climb on stage. This time they were learning how to sing “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

Up on the rooftop, reindeer paws

There’s a pianist accompanying the whole thing

He also sings. He's multi-talented!

The kids are then left to perform by themselves, and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Some of these brave kids were younger than Theo!

Disney doesn’t forget any detail

I love this

The dude with the guitar also performs

Dude with the guitar

And the seating area is also decorated

It actually looks better than in this picture

And then your crucial piece of information–the bathroom

It's even Frontierland themed!

I mention this because this bathroom received The Happiest Potties On Earth’s highest rating. The only other potties to achieve this rating are the ones in Club 33!

You will definitely want to pee here

Along with the general entertainment, awesome bathroom, and atmosphere, there’s animals!

Reindeer paraphernalia

Reindeer! Presumably flightless.

Santa also hides back here, but I’m going to bring Theo to see him, so you’ll just have to wait for the pictures ;).



I Have No Idea What These Guys Are Called

No, seriously. Some blogger, eh?

My friend Lyn and I were walking around the park and I noticed that the Golden Horseshoe was no longer under construction, so we stopped in. There was already a comedy show in progress:

Who am I?

It was actually quite funny, particularly the guy in drag

Hey, back in Shakespeare's time all the female roles were played by men!

It actually reminded me of a very scaled-down version of the Hoop Dee Doo Revue at the mouse-in-law, which we loved.

Pure comedy gold

But I don’t know what these guys are called. And I lost the entertainment schedule that said who they were. The best thing the interwebz can come up with is Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, but I don’t think it’s them because I think they are all musicians and this was definitely a (short) show.

So I’m sure one of my sharp-eyed readers can help me out here.

The Golden Horseshoe features a quick-service counter

Step right up!

And lots of tables to sit at

Let's sit and have a bite

It’s also got a second story

Which affords a rather surprisingly fabulous view

And in addition to the tables, there’s also a general seating area upstairs

Yep, here it is.

The Golden Horseshoe was yet another one of those things I always walked right past at Disneyland. I’m glad I took the time to see it.


South Side Frontierland

South Side Frontierland kinda sounds like some sort of badass street gang from a bad part of LA colloquially known as “Frontierland.”

But it’s not.

In fact, it’s not even actually called that. But it’s my blog so I can name things whatever I want.

A while back I did a post on Frontierland North, so it’s only fitting to do a post on Frontierland South. That and the last 3 entries had us stuck in Adventureland, and there’s only so much time you can spend in that crowded walkway that makes Adventureland so difficult to get through.

Just like Frontierland North, Frontierland South has an oldey-timey sign on the fort:

I know last time I actually typed out what the sign said, but I didn't write it down this time so you can either squint closely or deal with it.

Once you walk into the fort, on your immediate left is an opportunity to buy a Mickey Mouse shaped pretzel. Which is completely authentic to the Old West.

I'm not a fan. Give me back my popcorn and churros.

Also, if you need to hit up a historic-looking ATM, you’ll find one at the entrance to Frontierland.

Also a good place to stop by and check your map

Now technically there’s a secret passage to Adventureland here, but it dumps you right back into the very crowded Adventureland walkway, so if you’re looking to avoid the Adventureland bottleneck, you’ll want to keep moving straight through Frontierland and hang a left at the Rivers of America.

Not really a shortcut

There’s a flag standing sentinel as you walk into Frontierland.

Fifty nifty United States from thirteen original colonies...

Apparently Walt was a big friend to animals because the American Humane Society gave him this plaque:

I knew I liked this man!

Although in doing my research, I have learned that the American Humane Association works for protecting children AND animals. Who knew?

Anyway, the most prominent feature in Frontierland South is the line of stores. On the corner there you can see the Pioneer Mercantile

It's the Pioneer Mercantile!

It's a closeup of the Pioneer Mercantile!

I just love the word mercantile. It reminds me so much of Little House on the Prairie. I was addicted to those books and wanted to be Laura Ingalls. I loved the tv show too but they veered so far from the books it was hard to keep track.

For some reason, it’s become really popular to get a leather bracelet or luggage tag with your name on it.

"Shelby & Mickey 4evar!"

Which reminds me of Girl Scout camp, where also used to make leather bracelets. When I was in charge I always tried to steer kids away from that craft because it was basically an hour of 20 kids banging with hammers, and invariably someone would mess up and leather just isn’t that forgiving.

But I digress.

Inside the store is pretty typically Disney merchandise. There’s a glass case with collectibles:

Great picture, Shelb

I would love to buy this train for Kevin but unfortunately, I’m kind of cheap.

Maybe I'll buy it for him anyway. Shhhhh, don't tell!

There’s the requisite 2011 merchandise table.

Ever wonder what they do with these things when it's no longer 2011? Well, stick around this blog and I will tell you.

And of course a large tree inhabited by various stuffed animals.

Like Pooh Bear, Eeyore, and Duffy

I don’t know why they like to stick stuffed animals in trees, but there ya go.

Moving farther into the store, you get the Pioneer Mercantile’s big tribute to the Old West. It’s a video of Woody and Jessie.

I believe that's Andy running with Woody, but I'm not 100% sure

From there, you turn and see  a big concrete arch made to look like stone.

It's beckoning

Going through the arch, you basically see some standard Dland merchandise again–clothes this time.

Somewhat boring

And then this kind of turns into the Store That Never Ends, because once you walk through, you get to the Yee-Haw themed buffalo/horse store (not the official name).

It's like an Old West register if the Old West had registers

My favorite part about that is the sign that says “We Buy and Sell Hides Top Prices” when every time I look at it, my eyes read “Buy and Sell We Hides Top Prices.”

I can’t tell you what a relief it was to see that sign. I had like an entire half of a cow’s worth of hide that’s been sitting in the bottom of Theo’s stroller for quite a long time. Here’s my chance to unload it!

Or not.

There are a couple of token things to buy, but the major focus of this store is the theme.

Which appears to be buffalo and possibly co-opted "Native American" decorations

A capsized canoe (oh noes!) draws the eye visually to the beam proudly declaring this to be “The Greatest Roundup of Wares in the West,” which is pretty ironic since there really are very few things to actually buy there.

Good God, is that a stars and stripes longhorn skull???

And don’t miss the massive, cheesy mural!


For some reason, this totally reminds me of the Amazon reviews of the Three Wolf Moon shirt. (no, seriously, read the comments)

And just when you thought the stores were over–there’s more!

Seriously, it's the store that never ends

After twisting and turning my way through this faux-topiary maze, I stepped outside to see what the deal was with the store I thought I might die in before I found my way out.

Which was exactly how I felt getting lost in the Louvre the first time.

It is, of course, a series of stores, much like the Adventureland gang back there. On the far end next to the (currently under construction, admire our decorative tarp!) Golden Horseshoe, we had Crocket and Russel’s Hat Company:

Plus a friendly post to tie your horse to

Now you would think, or at least I’d think, that something called a Hat Co. would sell primarily hats, or even a few hats, and definitely a fake coonskin cap given that it’s Frontierland, but you would be wrong. Or I would be wrong. Or maybe both of us are wrong.

Either way, there’s no hats there.

Next is the Dry Goods Store

If you consider leather hides to be Dry Goods, then yes, this store carries Dry Goods

Bonanza Outfitters is next:

All of the clothes make sense here

And finally, the Silver Spur Supplies where you can supposedly get jewelry and decorative items, though I think they fudged that one a bit.

Out of all of them, this is probably my favorite facade

And you’re back to the Pioneer Mercantile. Hooray!


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