Dazzling Disneyland – Exploring Critter Country & Frontierland

Ever wondered what to see and do in each of Disney’s lands? Look no further! In this blog, I’ll offer my opinions on the rides and where to find some cool eats, treats and souvenirs!

IMG_1332.JPGCritter Country

A land meant to resemble the “Great American Northwoods”, with lots of trees and waterfalls and critters! Fun Fact: when it first opened, it was known as Indian village. This land was pretty much deserted when we were there due to the closure of its main attractions, Splash Mountain and the Davy Crockett canoes.  It’s also quite small, so you can explore this area in a short amount of time.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – hop into the beehive looking thing and enter a story of Pooh. It’s the typical style of Disney’s dark story themed rides. There was no line up so we figured why not. It’s cute. And if you wish to meet Pooh or any of his buddies, this is the place to be.

Splash Mountain – closed for renovations. I have been on this ride at Tokyo Disneyland, and it is definitely a fun one!

There are a couple of places to eat and a few shops but we didn’t spend much time here. We did have a look in Pooh’s Corner shop, and of course, there are so many cute things to buy and I had to hold myself back.  I’m a grown woman with a love for stuffed animals and not enough room to have a house full of them! One cute item I wish I’d bought – a coffee cup in the shape of Chip from Beauty and The Beast – seriously, so damn cute!

This is where you can indulge in a Tigger Tail, a marshmallow on a stick dipped in caramel and chocolate. It looks like his tail! If you wish to have a sit down meal, The Hungry Bear is a cute place that overlooks the Rivers of America.



It’s like stepping back into the American Old West, full of pioneers, cowboys and saloons. Fun Fact: it’s modeled after an actual town called Frontier Town, in NY state.  This is a large area with lots to see and do.

Sailing Ship Columbia – a replica of the real ship, you can ride it along the Rivers of America. We thought it looked boring so we skipped it.


Mark Twain Riverboat – same idea as the Columbia; we didn’t ride this one

IMG_1330.JPGPirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island – we didn’t even know this was an attraction! You get there by boat, but I didn’t see anything indicating that. Unless it wasn’t running at the time? Either way, it looks like it would be fun!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – one of my favorite rides. A high speed coaster aboard a runaway train through the wilderness and the mines.  You can do single rider to beat the lineups. There are a few small drops and a lot of sharp turns. Super Weird Fact: a doctor did a study concluding that people were 70 % more likely to pass a kidney stone after riding this coaster. What? Lmfao.


Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade – just like it says…you shoot things! We didn’t do this one; maybe next time.

Stage Door Café – we had lunch here on our first day. The food was awesome – huge portions, great value. We had chicken fingers, and we were so full we had no room to try the funnel cake.

There are a few other restaurants here, and a few souvenir shops with Old West themes and merchandise.

Fantasmic! – the spectacular night-time show that features everything from fireworks, characters, pyrotechnics, animatronics, water effects, mist screen projections! It takes place on the Rivers of America. If you want a better view, you can get tickets for priority seating. Runtime is around half an hour and is definitely worth seeing. If you don’t want to sit for the show, keep in mind that this is the best time to ride…no lineups!



For more blogs, check out the original Dazzling Disneyland and reviews of the other ” lands” of Disney!

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