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Frontierland Restaurants

Frontierland has three notable eateries. The first is Rancho do Zocalo Restaurante, a decent, buffet-type restaurant whose name translates loosely as "Ranch of the Hot Zoo Restaurant."

Rancho do Zocalo is located on the spot once occupied by the Casa de Fritos. Guests lucky enough to visit the Casa (which was eventually renamed Casa Mexicana and finally closed in 2000 after the horrifying tortilla chip incident) will remember Kid Frito, a high-tech (for the time) animated character that would "quick draw" nickel bags of Fritos at guests at the drop of a hat.

Frontierland cuisineThe River Belle Terrace sits at the point where Frontierland, Adventureland, and New Orleans Square meet. A popular breakfast spot, the Terrace is a favorite of small children who often order the Mickey Mouse pancakes. These pancakes are each individually crafted in Mickey Mouse's likeness, cost upwards of $20, take nearly an hour to prepare, and can be eaten in minutes. The restaurant's paddlewheeler theme is subtle -- a picture of a paddlewheel boat on the menu is about the extent of it -- but the restaurant is aptly named. Some of the wood used to build the restaurant was recovered from the first Disneyland ship to sail the Rivers of America, the ill-fated River Belle.

The third notable restaurant is the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree, a western-themed dinner theater that only serves lunch. Billy Hill and the Hillbillies can be heard performing their retro-musical hijinks here several times a day, entertaining guests who can order from a menu of difficult-to-throw food. Reservations are suggested, but no longer accepted.

From 1955 to 1986, the Golden Horseshoe Review played on the Golden Horseshoe Stage, earning itself a place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the stage show that had the most performances without ever using a joke under fifty years of age. The Review was a comedy variety show, featuring music, sketches with no big words, and dancing girls (who, after 31 years, were starting to look a little bit like dancing grandmas). The show's main comic relief was played by Wally Boag, famous for spitting his teeth at the audience.


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