Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro announced that Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland will be temporarily closing for a reimagining, including adding a new ride.
D’Amaro made the remarks at IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) in Orlando yesterday.
Focusing on today’s families with young children, the revamped Mickey’s Toontown will feature new play experiences, as well as open, grassy play spaces.
One of the new areas coming to Mickey’s Toontown will be CenTOONial Park, the first space guests will see when they enter.
This natural space will be anchored by two interactive play experiences:
One will be a fountain, designed for play, which will also become a center icon for Mickey’s Toontown. In the artist rendering above, it looks like water tables on the edges of the fountain’s base will invite guests to play with the water. The fountain will also be brought to life at night “in a unique spectacle,” according to Disney.
The other, a dreaming tree, will be inspired by the tree a young Walt Disney would daydream under in his hometown. Sculpted tree roots will provide an opportunity for children to play, crawl and explore, and undulating topography will offer rolling hills and a place to sit and dream.
Also new will be the addition of a new attraction: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, which opened at Walt Disney World in 2020.
Disney says Mickey’s Toontown will still be home to many beloved characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and more, too.
“We are so excited to leverage Disney’s powerful brand, develop new stories and share even more magical experiences with our guests,” said D’Amaro in the announcement. “The newly reimagined Mickey’s Toontown will be a welcoming place where families and younger guests can connect and play together in fun new ways.”
Mickey’s Toontown will close in March of 2022 to begin the reimagining, and is scheduled to reopen a year later in March 2023. As we hear of more precise dates, we’ll pass them on.
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