Walt Disney loved the old American West and knew from the beginning
of Disneyland's early designs that he wanted to showcase the adventure
from that time period in his park. It's changed a lot over the years,
pack mule rides eventually making room for Big Thunder Mountain
Railroad and more. But did you know
Frontierland, the 'old west' themed land, actually sits on the WESTERN
side of the park.
On opening day, Frontierland occupied one third of the entire park
space, a whopping 20 acres.
The giant petrified tree stump sitting in the middle of Frontierland
was actually a wedding anniversary gift to Lily from Walt in 1956.
She decided to donate it to the park so that all of Disneyland's
park guests could enjoy it.
Originally, when the Mike Fink Keel Boats attraction was opened
to guests in Frontierland, only two boats were used and both were
the actual movie prop boats used in the Davy Crocket TV series.
Because the boats couldn't hold very many people, though, they were
soon replaced with larger replicas.