7560.9 #11 (DL Qual #4

Aug 20, 2012 3:04 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
So yesterday, I was working in the Indiana Jones Outpost store in Adventureland and had noticed something on the ground. If you know the store, there is a thick black line on the floor right in the front of the store. Also, there are a few steps down that connect the store to South Seas Traders. So I went home and did some research and found out that the Indy Outpost store used to be a shooting gallery. It was Big Game Shooting Gallery (like in the pics below) from 1962-1982. It was even featured in the early 1960s "New Adventureland ad" and on an early "B" ticket. This shooting gallery had a huge water tank that would have jungle boats and plants floating in it. If you would hit a target, a jungle animal would pop out from the side of the target. And that dark line on the ground, it was probably where counter used to be where guests would step up, insert their coins and take a shot at the targets. Then also, I discovered that Main Street also had a shooting gallery in the Penny Arcade from park opening to around 1964 (couldn't find a pic). Now, the shooting gallery we are most familiar of is in Frontierland next to Westward Ho Trading Company and Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurant. That gallery has been through many refurbishments including adding a roof, to air compressed bullets to now infra-red guns. And so at one point in Disneyland history, there were three shooting galleries in the park.

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The Adventureland shooting gallery was superior to the one in Frontierland because the guns had sights. Always saved the B tickets for the shooting galleries. - sr_citizen_space_ranger  70.0 #4161 5:36PM
You're welcome young whipper snapper - sr_citizen_space_ranger  70.0 #4161 3:35PM
this is great! i like your sense of curiosity...looking til you find out. that is a gift. some would shrug it off :) - misschurro  6361.2 #17 3:37PM
You'll shoot your eye out! - aprilinjune4  483.5 #438 3:49PM
I so remember this. Everytime a talk about this attraction people think I'm nuts. But I'm older and remember alot of the early days of Disneyland. - splashphotoCM  885.6 #206 3:51PM
Wow, that's really neat. I am going to look for that line now! - Sheilamo  318.2 #811 3:06PM
Great detective work. 🌟 - WishIWereThere  298.3 #929 3:16PM
Nice investigating work! Side note: We love the Indiana Jones Outpost, you just can't find any Indy related items outside of there unless on Ebay and the pin ball machine is a must do every trip. - Linzee  1188.1 #146 3:18PM
well that really stinks. Thanks for the headsup. - Linzee  1188.1 #146 3:36PM
Thats so awesome! - PrinceTeaJack  934.6 #198 3:20PM
Good research man, thanks for sharing! - madsdad  1868.2 #92 3:25PM
the suspense is killing me!! I click "more" and nothing happens! :( - tuesday737  1283.4 #134 3:27PM
Close out your app and when it comes back up it will work. - Gia  802.0 #231 3:57PM
Neato - Dizkid  457.8 #474 3:28PM
Great little piece of history right there. Thanks! - PrincessLeia  312.6 #836 3:28PM
I vaguely remember it! Oddly, I remember the one in the Penny Arcade more than the one in Adventureland! - Gia  802.0 #231 3:58PM
There was also one in the Mercantile shop in Frontierland that still has reminisce of it and another was where teh Winne the Pooh store is in Critter Country - Dave   13493.0 #2 5:10PM
Really? Where was that one? - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 6:07PM
which one? I will show you next time you are working, they were more of arcade shooting gallery's but never the less games - Dave   13493.0 #2 9:59PM
@dave the one in the Merchantile shop. I know we also used to have a rifle museum in there too - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 11:21PM
I remember those too! And the rifle museum...my dad would always have to stop and look! Thanks for the memories - Gia  802.0 #231 7:46AM
bump for the night MWers - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 9:53PM
yeah, and when you gave the CM your ticket, they would empty a "tube" of bb's that were like the size of maybe a small pea, into the guns and thats what we used to be able to shoot at the targets....thanks for the memories...*and I did not sing that to myself in Bob Hope's voice*.... - CVDisneyland  411.2 #540 10:03PM
Wow that's really cool to know thank you - Hendizl  2821.9 #46 10:12PM
Didn't one of the shooting galleries have live ammo the first year? I thought I read that somewhere. - secretagentangel  4658.3 #28 10:23PM
That was the one in Frontierland - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 10:43PM
You continue to drop some of the coolest Disney Knowledge! Love it!! Hope ur doing well btw ;-) - Jayjay  417.5 #531 10:38PM
Hi Jay jay! - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 10:43PM
Love your stories BBM! - KissDclown  1089.1 #167 6:11AM
That is a cool bit of history you just discovered! Thanks for sharing it! - MoonWillow  381.3 #589 8:20AM
I love love love this post!!! Thank you for the info my friend! Fascinating! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:23AM
BBM - do you have dates on when the other shooting galleries closed? I'm thinking the one in Adventureland lasted into the late '70's, early '80's. - ThatStarWarsKimberly  408.0 #550 8:31AM
yes, 1982 like said above - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 9:58AM
Wow, this is so cool! Thanks for sharing! - Oinker34  1448.8 #116 8:32AM
Coold history lesson BBMCM - MikeyMouse  145.1 #2793 4:08PM
Makes sense! Thanks - MarshaMouse  5036.0 #25 6:35AM
I love to hear about Disney history! Thanks for posting this. - CAscreaminfan  3.2 #36506 9:57AM

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