Hold onto your Mickey ears, Disney fans! A brand-new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) lounge is coming to Frontierland in Magic Kingdom, replacing the beloved Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade. This announcement follows months of whispers and rumors, now confirmed by Disney. Let’s dive into what this means for DVC members and park-goers alike.

For those unfamiliar with DVC perks, these exclusive lounges form a cornerstone of what’s warmly known as “Membership Magic.” Current favorite haunts include the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower and the vibrant Member Lounge at Epcot’s Imagination! pavilion. Over on the West Coast, Disneyland’s Tomorrowland boasts the sleek Star View Station, a go-to for relaxation, device-charging, and a caffeine fix amid your intergalactic adventures.

Now, the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade—a spot brimming with nostalgia for many—is set to transform into a “pioneer-inspired” haven reflecting the golden age of exploration. Covering an estimated 2,500 sq. ft., the new lounge will likely echo the cozy, themed spaces that DVC members have come to love. While no specific timeline has been provided, we anticipate that construction won’t wrap up until 2025.

Of course, this change isn’t without its controversies. On the one hand, the arcade has become a cherished quick diversion, now offering free play that delights young cowboys and cowgirls without the wait. Yet, Disney seems to be steering towards enhancing the exclusive experiences for those willing to invest in DVC memberships. This shift, although potentially unpopular with some, could cater to the increasing demand among DVC members for unique, member-only spaces.

As we bid farewell to the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, we can also look forward to the introduction of a new space that promises comfort, convenience, and a touch of pioneer charm. Whether you’re mourning the loss of an old favorite or excited about this fresh new addition, there’s no denying that Magic Kingdom is ever-evolving.

What are your thoughts on the new DVC lounge replacing the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade? Do you see this as a positive upgrade, or are you sentimental about losing an old-time favorite? Let’s discuss in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this story with your fellow Disney aficionados! It’s your park too; we want to hear what you think.