Walt Disney on Mickey Mouse, whose house is in Toontown:“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”
Overview: The long-time homes of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends are found in this cartoon world at Disneyland Park. In Mickey’s Toontown, guests are transported to the colorful and animated metropolis where the Disney animators’ sketchpad comes alive. Here, guests can meet the “big cheese” himself at Mickey’s House, test Gadget’s Go Coaster as it rolls along a giant acorn and hitch a ride on a zany taxi cab on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. Kids of all ages are encouraged to play in this whimsical interactive land.
What’s new: Guests are invited to meet with a Disney Vacation Club cast member in Mickey’s Toontown to learn more about what is known as “the best kept Disney secret:” a flexible timeshare program in which members can stay at deluxe accommodations in Disney destinations and have access to more than 500 other resorts around the globe.
Don’t miss: Mickey’s Toontown has eight attractions, including Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, a FastPass attraction. On this attraction, guests board Lenny the Cab and spin through the streets and alleys of Toontown. At Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey, guests walk through Mickey’s home (complete with Pluto’s doghouse and Mickey’s famous gloves in the laundry) before meeting the one and only mouse himself for a photo and an autograph. The land also offers two places to shop for treats and souvenirs, plus five food and beverage locations.
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Gadget’s Go Coaster
- Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
- Minnie’s House
- Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse
- Donald’s Boat
- Goofy’s Playhouse
- Disneyland Railroad
Entertainment: Since this is the neighborhood of the “Fab 5,” guests can expect to run into some familiar faces eager to play with guests of all ages. Not only can guests meet Mickey at his house, they may also look for Minnie Mouse and Goofy by their houses. Other playful characters found in Mickey’s Toontown are Pluto, Donald, Chip and Dale. Cameras and autograph books are highly recommended for Mickey’s Toontown tourists.
Dining: Mickey’s Toontown features dining experiences for kids of all ages. Guests may pick up their favorite snacks at Toon Up Treats located at Goofy’s Gas Station and at Clarabelle’s Frozen Yogurt. Next to Clarabelle’s, the “hot dog” himself serves only the best hot dogs at Pluto’s Dog House. Guests may enjoy pizza and beverages from Daisy’s Diner (not to be confused with Donald’s Boat around the corner). Goofy offers refreshing slushies from his classic 1940s camping trailer.
Imaginative landscaping: Like the cartoons themselves, the landscaping of Mickey’s Toontown is bright and colorful. The plants and trees throughout the area were all selected to mimic the colors in Technicolor cartoons. The landscapes surrounding the characters’ homes reflect their individual personalities, with colors remaining constant through the seasons. For example, Minnie’s House blushes hues of pink and purple all year long, matching the femininity of her character.
Did you know?
- In keeping with the tradition of the windows on Main Street, U.S.A., Walt Disney has his a window dedicated to his accomplishments at Mickey’s Toontown.
- Inside Minnie’s House, the refrigerator has a recipe for Minnie’s Famous Chewy Cheesy Chip Cookies, based on a real recipe for chocolate chip cookies. In this recipe, however, the cheese chips are substituted for chocolate chips.
- The Mickey’s Toontown Official Seal is, appropriately, the seal from the 1948 cartoon “Mickey and the Seal.”
- Guests may notice that the hills of Mickey’s Toontown form a “W,” “D” and “I,” all next to each other, paying tribute to the creativity of Walt Disney Imagineering.
- As the legend goes, Mickey’s Toontown existed long before it opened to the public in 1993. When Walt Disney was looking for a location to build Disneyland in the early 1950s, it was Mickey who suggested Walt build it adjacent to his town; only Toontown had to be kept a secret back then. In 1993, the Mickey and his friends decided they wanted to open their secret hideaway to non-toon guests.
Cast member tips:
- Head to Mickey’s Toontown early in the morning or in the evening. The land tends to be the most popular in the afternoon.
- Mickey’s Toontown opens an hour after the park opens, and it closes approximately one hour before the fireworks show.
- Goofy’s Playhouse may get especially warm on hot days. Cast members suggest enjoying this fun, interactive play area early in the day or in the evening.
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is a very popular attraction in the land. Be sure to grab a FastPass for this attraction.
- If it is a warm day, Mickey’s House offers an experience that is both immersive and air-conditioned. It’s highly recommended when guests need a few minutes to cool off and enjoy some time taking photographs.
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