Disney World Possibly Closing Opening Day Experience, Fans Speak Out

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Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade offers Guests the chance to feel like they are in the Old West and they can pay a fee to shoot a fake gun in an immersive setting, aiming for targets and scoring big. Though for years, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade did cost extra to play, we recently reported that Disney World was allowing Guests to play for free — and now many are suspecting why.

The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade calendar on the Walt Disney World website indicates that as of November 27, this experience will close, with no return date listed. Though Disney has not announced if the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is actually permanently closing, we did check the refurbishment calendar to see if it had a return date as well, and it was not listed — indicating it will not reopen to Guests at all.

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If you never checked out Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, Disney World describes the game as:

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

Attraction located in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park

Take aim at nearly 100 targets in an Old West-themed shooting gallery.

Ready! Aim! Fire!

Mosey on up to a rustic log cabin and fill yer hands with a replica .54-caliber Hawkins buffalo rifle.

Against the southwestern landscape, a familiar sight comes into view: legendary Boot Hill in the famous frontier town of Tombstone, Arizona.

Using projectile-free infrared technology, take your best shot at a bevy of moving and stationary targets.

The dusty setting provides a picture-perfect backdrop to test your marksmanship.

Additional Fee Required

Frontier Shootin’ Arcade requires a small fee to play.

Safe Shootin’

Rifles at the Frontier Shootin’ Arcade do not fire pellets or projectiles of any kind. Instead, each rifle fires an invisible beam of safe infrared light. When the infrared light from the rifle strikes a sensor on the target, a hit is signaled. So fire away!

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Related: Disney World Adapts to New Era and Retires an Old Experience

With all of this being said, it is clear that fans are quite shocked to see this opening day experience come to an end. Inside the Magic fan Daphne I. said this was also a must-do for her and her family:

So sad. This is always a must do every trip. My family has so much fun doing this.

And Robin P. expressed:

Maybe too many people touching the guns? Or if it breaks you can’t get parts. Just a thought. I hate for it to go.

Inside the Magic Facebook follower Bill N. said:

But it’s fun to step back in time and see what it was like. But the way things are going today it seems we are going back to the wild west days anyway so no big deal. More History eased out.

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On the other hand, some felt this experience was outdated and it won’t be missed. Inside the Magic reader Jose O. said:

It’s really outdated and old. No one will miss it

And Morgan D. expressed:

I hate for it to go… but i feel like it is kind of out of place. Back in the day when cowboys and the wild west was a hot ticket, sure…but now…it seems irrelevant.

Tonya N. felt like Disney should have replaced the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade years ago, saying:

Should have closed it decades ago, with the remote control mini boats and other dated attractions. After they destroyed the original Journey into imagination for the current monstrosity now at Epoct, surprised this survived this long.

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Again, Disney has not announced if the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is actually permanently closing, but from the looks of the calendar, it is very possible.

How do you feel about the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade possibly closing permanently? Let us know in the comments below.

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