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Question of the Week: Long ago we debated on whether a Star Wars Land should replace Toontown in Disneyland. Since that’s come and gone, a new rumor I’ve seen is Toontown being on the way out in favor of an expanded Fantasyland. Would you be more in favor of this change?
Leslie – ToonTown holds a special place in my heart. That is where Mickey and Minnie live. That being said as someone who does not like Storybook Circus it really depends on what they would do with the space. Last time they phased out a ToonTown it resulted in a circus coming to town which is all well and cute but leaves much to be desired. They would need to do something spectacular with the space and most importantly need to relocate Mickey and Minnie’s houses.
Melissa L. – I’d be all for that! Fantasyland had always been my favorite and I’m always more in favor of princess themed attractions or classic stories! My only thing would be that I wouldn’t want them to repeat the fantasyland expansion they did in Disney World. I would want them to do something new and exciting!
Andrew – I too would be all for this. Even with thinking New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park is a moderate success, I believe it’d be a huge upgrade over Toontown. Frankly, Disneyland needs more room. The park is packed everyday and nearly intolerable during busy times. Toontown has no attraction that significantly helps to spread the people out. Sure, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is a good attraction but it hardly adds any capacity unless the park is full. If a Fantasyland expansion received half of what Magic Kingdom did (a D ticket, C ticket, Dumbo expansion, a b-ticket coaster in the Barnstormer, and a hugely successful restaurant that is constantly packed) it would greatly help spread people out while being a huge upgrade over what Toontown currently is. Plus, these attractions would be kid friendly, which is about the only reason I can see for keeping Toontown around.
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I was talking to some friends about this a while back when the rumor was that Star Wars would replace ToonTown and one friend had a good argument that ToonTown at least keeps a lot of little kids in one area. But I do completely agree that it doesn’t really draw in enough people to make it worth the amount of space it takes up. Whether it would become an expanded Fantasy Land or something else completely, it would be great if it could attract both adults and kids (ToonTown doesn’t really have much for adults to do there if they don’t have kids – I don’t even think they let adults go into the character houses, do they?).
I believe they let adults in Mickey and Minnie’s houses and I’m not sure about the others. I don’t think it’s encouraged haha. I think a Fantasyland expansion fills the need of something for kids while definitely upgrading the land and adding capacity. Of course, I have next to no emotional attachment to Toontown, as my parents never liked it. I also think it’s overly glorified, as it wasn’t added until 1993.