Disney has revealed a model for the ambitious reimagining of Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland that will debut in early 2023, along with Mickey & Minnie’s new Runaway Railway. This post shares photos and brief details of the changes.
For those unfamiliar with this project, Mickey’s Toontown closed several months ago to begin reimagining the entire land. Prior to this, the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad was under construction, and demolition of other areas of land was visible from the guest’s viewpoint.
The expanded grounds will reopen in early 2023, along with a new attraction, the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad. When Toontown reopens in 2023, it will still be home to favorite attractions like Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Mickey’s House, and Minnie’s House. Other attractions will be reimagined in new ways, including Gadget’s Go Coaster, Goofy’s House, and Donald’s Boat.
One such addition includes Goofy’s How-to-Play Yard, which released a modern art concept:
Toontown is closed entirely so Imagineers can create entirely new experiences for families that build on Mickey’s Toontown legacy. Beloved Earth will turn into a vibrant symphony of sights, sounds and sensations. With a focus on families with young children, Mickey’s Toontown will offer new play experiences, as well as open, grassy play spaces. The land will contain landscapes for play and parental relaxation.
With Mickey’s Toontown greener and more expansive, the land will offer more play activities and attractions than it does now. From active play to tactile play, new experiences will allow children to slide, spin, spray, touch and listen.
CenTOONial Park will be one of the new areas coming to Mickey’s Toontown, and it’s the first space guests see as they enter. This natural space will be anchored with two interactive play areas.
In the center of CenTOONial Park will be a fountain, which will also become a central symbol of Mickey’s Toontown. As its base, water tables will invite guests to play with the water and enjoy a sensory experience. At night, the fountain will be revived in a unique scene.
It will be a nearby dream tree inspired by the tree that little Walt Disney used to dream about in his hometown. (This sounds like a stretch, but whatever.) Sculpted tree roots will provide an opportunity for children to play, crawl, and explore, and the undulating terrain will provide rolling hills and a place to sit and dream.
When it reopens, Mickey’s Toontown will still be home to many beloved characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and more.
With these background details out of the way, let’s take a look at photos of Mickey’s Toontown’s new model on the show floor at the 2022 D23 Expo:
As with the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad coming to Toontown at Disneyland, we’re mostly on board with these changes. About the only downside in my view is the removal of the previous Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit Musical Fountains, and their replacement with one central playing fountain.
Other than that, this should breathe new life into a land reasonably popular to meet and greet, but this has kind of faded in terms of his energy level. While Disney claims this will provide “more activities and attractions than ever before”, that’s not entirely true, as Toontown used to have a lot of things cut out for safety reasons for decades. With that said, these plans will definitely provide more interactivity than could be found in Mickey’s Toontown previous incarnation..
I can’t speak directly about tactile and active play experiences, but one of the conversations we’ve had with friends who have young children is that play experiences for this age group are limited in parks.
I strongly support children’s access to opportunities for physical activity, discovery, and interactive experiences. There’s definitely a shortage of spaces for kids to burn off energy and explore, and I’m optimistic that this new Mickey Tontown design will help add a much-needed option to that.
Ultimately, all of these interactive play spaces as well as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be solid additions without missing out on anything important. Another big attraction in Toontown should also definitively dampen rumors about land that will be replaced by a future expansion.
Moreover, we feel incredibly strong in Roger Rabbit’s Toon Spin criminally Underrated, anything that introduces more guests to Toontown and perhaps this iconic attraction is good news in our view. Plus more green spaces in Gardens It is always a good thing. We are cautiously optimistic that all of these changes and additions will be entirely positive for Disneyland and the guests!
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