Last month, Disney announced the date for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opening at Disneyland. Now we’ve learned that the rest of Mickey’s Toontown will open on March 8th, about 6 weeks after the new attraction. In this post, we’ll cover the news and give a few thoughts of our own. First, the details!
Mickey’s Toontown will become a vibrant symphony of sights, sounds and sensations very soon. Here’s a look at some of what you can expect when the land reopens on March 8!
The reimagined Mickey’s Toontown will provide open, grassy play spaces for everyone to unwind, starting with CenTOONial Park, the first space guests will see when they enter the land. CenTOONial Park will be anchored by two new interactive play experiences; a beautiful fountain featuring water tables designed for play that invite guests to have a sensory experience, plus a nearby dreaming tree with sculpted tree roots providing an opportunity for children to crawl and explore.
Mickey’s Toontown will be home to the new attraction, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway! Inside the El CapiTOON Theater, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you in the wacky and unpredictable cartoon world of Mickey and Minnie, where you’ll board a train with Goofy as the engineer. One moment after the next leads you to a zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns!
Over in Goofy’s neck of the woods, you’ll find Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard, as shown in this new aerial rendering of the area.
Dedicated to all things play, Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard incorporates a whimsical sound garden where kids will discover new ways to make wacky noises, as well as enjoy an all-new, elevated clubhouse.
When you step inside Goofy’s House, you’ll find a fun, interactive candy-making contraption that only Goofy could imagine! The confectionery contraption begins high outside of Goofy’s home, as drips of honey fall from a beehive onto a chute that slides the colorful drops around and down into the home. From there, junior candymakers will help Goofy make the candy, and the silly sounds of household appliances will combine to make a truly Goofy symphony.
Donald’s Boat will be perched in the duck pond of the Goof homestead. Imagine larger-than-life spinning water lilies, balance beams and rocking toys at Donald’s Duck Pond that will help little ones get the wiggles out. You also can look into the boat through the portholes to witness bubbles of fun inside the flooded vessel and interact with some familiar ducklings including Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby.
For those wanting to get a little “nutty,” you can head over to Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster, where Mickey’s Toontown’s favorite tinkerer, Gadget Hackwrench, has created a one-of-a-kind, fun-sized coaster for the town’s tiniest citizens.
And at Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House, you’ll once again be able to step right into their homes and enjoy a self-guided tour as you discover special surprises in every room. You may even be able to visit with Mickey and Minnie while you’re there, should they be home!
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin will also return, where you can board Lenny the Cab and spin through the streets and alleys of Toontown as you follow the adventures of Roger Rabbit.
And when you feel a snack attack coming on, you’ll be able to turn to two new places to appease your appetites in the land: Café Daisy, where acclaimed culinary expert, Daisy Duck, serves up diner classics at her sidewalk table eatery; and the Toontown Farmers Market at Good Boy! Grocers, a friendly roadside stand, offering grab-and-go drinks and treats.
We’ve got a little bit of new information here, including names of everything Toontown will offer. I’ll keep the commentary brief because my main takeaway is that hardly anything has changed inside the land. Chip n’ Dale’s Treehouse seems to be gone but everything else remained with slight augments. I’m very surprised that the coaster made the cut but at the least it’s another attraction for the land.
My main complaint with Toontown before it closed was that it was supposed to be an interactive kids area but there was very little to interact with and it was not an enjoyable space aesthetically. Those problems both seemed to be addressed with more grassy areas and Goofy’s Garden. I’m hopeful that will be a fun place for kids and a nice place to relax. Disneyland is short on grassy areas at this point.
I’m also happy to see that there will be a new restaurant in the land, as that space before just didn’t have anything worth note. Along with the two marquee attractions (Runaway Railway and Roger Rabbit’s), a place to grab some food will make the land feel more complete.
A general impression at this point seems unnecessary, given that the land opens in just a few short months! I’m eager to see what it will bring to Disneyland as a whole. At the very least, I think it will be an improvement!
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