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: Mickey’s Toontown transports guests to the colorful and animated metropolis where the Disney animators’ sketchpad comes alive. The long-time homes of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends are found in this cartoon world at Disneyland Park. 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: Mickey’s Runaway Railway, the first major Mickey-themed ride-through attraction at Disneyland Park, will be joining as another attraction to Mickey’s Toontown in 2022. The action will take place at the El CapiTOON Theater, where Mickey and Minnie will premier their newest short, “Perfect Picnic.” Before guests enter the cinema, they will experience a special exhibit created by the Toontown Hysterical Society featuring costumes and props from the toon world. Once guests step into the cartoon world of Mickey and Minnie, they will board a train with Goofy as the engineer. Then, one magical moment after the next leads to a zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns. With an original story and lovable theme song, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will use state-of-the-art technologies and dazzling visual effects to transform the cartoon world into an incredible and immersive multidimensional experience.
Don’t miss: Mickey’s Toontown has eight attractions, including Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. 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.
- Mickey’s Runaway Railway (coming in 2022)
Guests can save time in line with Disney MaxPass. Disney MaxPass allows guests to maximize their visit by using the Disneyland app to make Disney Fastpass selections for attractions such as Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin from their mobile device. Disney MaxPass also includes unlimited Disney PhotoPass photo downloads for the day. A popular Disney PhotoPass location within Mickey’s Toontown is Mickey’s House where guests can meet the “Big Cheese” himself.
Entertainment: Since this is the neighborhood of Mickey and his friends, 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. 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 at Goofy’s Freeze.
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 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.”
- 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.
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is a very popular attraction in the land and a Disney FastPass is recommended.
- If it is a warm day, Mickey’s House offers an experience that is both immersive and air-conditioned. Guests can stay cool and enjoy time taking cool photographs.
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