Inspired by the “Toontown” featured in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland is getting a redo just in time for the Disney100 anniversary celebration. First opened 30 years ago, this “land” of Disney has been in need of remodel for a long time now as different features from the “old” version (like the Chip ‘n Dales Acorn Pit and the Jolly Trolley) have been closed and others have begun to show their age. The “new” Toontown is said to be a reimaging with more activities, attractions and even grassy spaces to just sit down and chill which is practically unheard of at a theme park. The main residents here (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy) have new or remodeled homes for everyone to explore to see how the other half lives.
The main attraction in this area of the park is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway which opened a few weeks early. Based on the same ride at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida, the railway isn’t a roller coaster nor is it really a train ride. Instead, this trackless ride give guests the rare chance to jump into a new Mickey Mouse cartoon!
Guests enter the ride through the “El CapiTOON Theater (a play off the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood) for the premiere of the cartoon short, Perfect Picnic. Unlike the Florida version, guests are treated to the special “Mickey Through the Ears” exhibit attraction queue which features iconic props, costumes and set pieces from Mickey’s long career.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is incredible creative with Goofy driving the “train” which of course goes out of control. It was made with what imagineers call a 2 and a ½ D technology which gives depth to 2D environments without the need for 3D glasses. (Already a hit, guests need to join a complimentary virtual queue for the ride or purchase of an individual Lightning Lane arrival window, subject to availability.)
Other attractions in Toontown include:
CenTOONial Park – The first space guests will see when they enter the land, this open area features a fountain with water tables designed for play, and a dreaming tree with sculpted roots for children to crawl around and explore.
Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster – Gadget Hackwrench’s roller coaster got a new name and branding with the chipmucks. It is a favorite ride of families.
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – This ride pretty much has stayed the same where guest board a zany taxicab and spin through the streets of Toontown as you follow the adventures of Roger Rabbit from the movie.
Goofy’s House and His How-To-Play Yard – Goofy now lives in a new, elevated clubhouse which features an interactive candy-making contraption. Outside is a new, whimsical sound garden where kids can discover new ways to make wacky noises.
Donald’s Duck and Duck Pond – Donald’s Boat is perched in a pond among larger-than-life spinning water lilies, balance beams and rocking toys. Kids will enjoy making a splash here! Guests can also look into the boat’s portholes to find bubbles of fun and interactive moments with Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby.
Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House – Guests will discover playful gags and special surprises in every room of their cartoon homes. When they’re home, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse may also be available for photos and autographs.
Café Daisy – Acclaimed culinary expert Daisy Duck serves up diner classics at her sidewalk table eatery.
Good Boy! Grocers – A variety of grab-and-go drinks and snacks are available at this friendly roadside stand.
Mickey’s Toontown will reopen at Disneyland Park on March 19, 2023.
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