Disneyland Toontown, officially known as Mickey’s Toontown, reopened on March 19th after a full makeover that has made the land more grounded in nature, accessible, and up to date. Disney is striving to keep the childhood nostalgia intact in this beloved area while also updating key features of the land to be a more natural play space.
This new development of Disneyland’s Toontown also includes the opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – a brand new attraction for Disneyland and the first to feature Mickey Mouse.
Over the past year of the closure, we have reported closely on the renovations to the new land. This is a full report on the new details of Disneyland Toontown including info on the new attraction, play spaces, merchandise offerings, and food.
I was among a small group that had the chance to go behind the construction walls (hard had required!) for Mickey’s Toontown to gather the below details for you. This article has also now been updated with photos from the opening days of the new land.
Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland officially reopened on March 19th. This date was pushed back from an initially planned March 8th opening. The uncommon California winter storms impacted construction. The new land opening is part of the continuation of the Disney100 celebration at Disneyland.
What’s New at Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland?
The main addition to Mickey’s Toontown is the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction. You’ll find the ride inside the El CapiTOON Theater directly up the hill from the entrance to the land. This new family-friendly dark ride has no height restriction and is fun for guests of all ages. You can read all about this new ride in our guide to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The rest of this article will focus on the other non-Runaway Railway additions and changes at Mickey’s Toontown.
Take a look at a full video tour of Mickey’s Toontown below.
The other additions to Mickey’s Toontown all fill needs that the resort has been lacking due to other expansions and changes. With the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Avengers Campus, areas that provided essential escape from crowds (Big Thunder Ranch) and were perfect for the entire family to play (Bug’s Land) were lost at the resort. This refreshed area leans into the needs of children to get energy out in an open space while also providing comfortable areas for the entire family to enjoy. The changes to Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland are great additions.
If you look closely, you can see the land has definitely received a touchup, especially with the facade behind the new Mickey and Minnie attraction which has been increased in height and repainted.
During a tour of the new land with the lead Imagineer on the project, we learned about the dedication the team had to develop the new land to be something for children of all development types, abilities, and learning levels. I was impressed to hear about their research visits to the best children’s museums and conversations with experts in play to develop an area for children to escape and release their energy. In addition, they recognized the need for more comforting space at the resort and leaned in to create decompressing green space for families to connect.
When you first turn left coming into Disneyland Toontown you will see an area now dubbed CenTOONial Park which features two new interactive play experiences. A new fountain features water tables designed for sensory experiences while nearby sculpted tree roots provide a place for children to crawl and explore.
You’ll find a tree inspired by Walt Disney’s dreaming tree in Marceline, Missouri where a young Walt Disney dreamt about his future. The tree has enlarged roots perfect for little ones to play around with. The Imagineers leaned into the play concepts of over, under, and through. Kids can climb in and on the sculpted tree roots to let out their energy.
The CenTOONial Park fountain will light up nightly with a goodnight show at dusk (should be the same timing at the Cars Land Sha-Boom moment). Disney expressed this will be a smaller show for families to end their days with that have young children that can’t make it to the fireworks. This can be their kiss goodnight moment. During the day the fountain has a 30-minute loop of original music.
Disney specifically wanted to create a space that was welcoming for kids to play in. Rather than having to hold back little ones from splashing in fountains, here kids are encouraged to splash and play. This is a general theme of the newly renovated Toontown.
Cast Members in the park have the opportunity to mix and match different clothing elements to create a toon-themed costume. These are more like outfits than uniforms.
Kids are going to love the design of this sculpted tree and it will be a great place to let your kids run loose while you lounge in the shade. Plus dedicated additions to the fountain for kids to play in! We all know how tempting reaching into those big fountains are for kids and now they’re welcome to do it!
Hidden in the painted green hills backdrop behind Toontown are a number of easter eggs referencing Disney history. There is a red barn that is meant to evoke Walt Disney’s backyard barn where he worked on model trains, a hidden “WDI” initials reference to Walt Disney Imagineering, the creatives behind the Disney Parks, the Old Mill from one of the early Disney Silly Symphony Shorts, and the protruding beanstalk that is meant to appear to be coming from inside the queue of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Next up is the transformation of Goofy’s house into Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard. The area has only one entrance/exit so parents can comfortably allow their children to play throughout. There are a ton of kid-friendly structures to encourage all types of play.
In the back of the play area Fort Max, a reference to Goofy’s son Max, gives a lookout of the entire area and leads to a couple of rolling slides. You might find a reference to Max trying to track and capture bigfoot.
The fort and slides are built with guests in wheelchairs in mind to ensure that the experience is accommodating for all guests. The slides were specifically built with a specific bump and landing pads to make it easy for guests that may need a little more time to gather themselves to get up without holding up a line for the slide.
The “sound bridge” leading into the play area comes to life with music as guests run over it.
On the backside of the house there is also a tent for kids to play in and around. There are stepping “tones” all around it that play music. Here you’ll also find spinners that are like little teacups weighted so that kids begin to spin when they sit down in them.
There is going to be plenty of grassy areas to explore which is going to be a welcome change to Toontown.
Inside the house, there is a Goofy candy-making machine with colored balls flying everywhere. The balls are “drips of honey” that fly down colorful slides around the house. The room will be filled with the sounds of silly household appliances. Kids (junior candymakers) will be able to join in sorting the balls between sections of the room or just relax and watch in wonder.
New Water Play Area in Disneyland Toontown
Just outside of the How-To-Play Yard, you’ll find Donald’s Boat completely redone. The backstory is that the boat crashed in Goofy’s duck pond. Now, the boat is flooding from the inside out and is sitting in the middle of Donald’s Duck Pond. The lead Disney Imagineer on the project shared that with the closure of Bug’s Land the Dot’s Puddle Park area there, they are very excited to have another fun water play area for kids back at the resort. Donald’s Boat in Toontown is surrounded by balance beams, rocking toys, and larger-than-life spinning water lilies.
This is going to be a welcome addition to bring water into the play spaces in Toontown. Any parent that has heard the motto “Put them in water or take them outside” will appreciate this space. Nothing truly replaces the joy of kids in water and it’s great to see how Donald’s Boat will allow a splash pad (look to the right of the image above) for kids to enjoy. This is also a great addition since kids lost that water slash pad in the former Bugs Land (now Avengers Campus) when it was replaced. Parents might want to pack spare clothes if they want to let their kids get drenched in the splash pads during their Disneyland day!
The boat is leaking from all cracks and crevices. Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby all are inside the boat calling out to guests. With these changes, guests will no longer have access to the upper deck of the boat.
New Relaxing Area in Toontown at Disneyland
In the back corner of Toontown, a new off the beaten path space has been freed up (this was previously Chip and Dale’s Treehouse) to be a calming spot for families to escape the sensory overload of the parks. This is the quietest turf area and also has a covered shade structure. The music loop back here was specifically created to reflect spa-like serenity. The shaded spot back here will be popular with all guests to escape the overstimulation of the rest of the park.
There are now three turf areas within the land for guests to relax. In addition to turf more trees have been added to the land. The new trees and turf are meant to cool down the entire area and reduce the glare of the sun that was so constant previously in Mickey’s Toontown.
I have many vivid memories of taking my son in this area when he was small in the direct sunlight with the concrete reflecting the heat right back at us and I think many parents (and all guests!) are going to love this move towards shady, natural play areas. Looking closely at the concept art you can see how many trees they have planted and how much space is devoted to grass. It’s going to be a lovely place to relax.
Disneyland Toontown Roller Coaster Renamed – Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Gadget Coaster
What was previously Gadget’s Go Coaster has been renamed to Chip and 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”. New figures of Chip, Dale, and Gadget have been added to the attraction itself. Chip and Dale are now situated where among the frogs shooting water and Gadget is located the bottom of the lift hill of this Toontown rollercoaster.
The entire attraction itself has been freshened up with new paint. This is always a favorite attraction for young kids.
The attraction itself has stayed largely the same but with a fresh coat of paint. With the loss of the Chip ‘n’ Dale treehouse in Toontown, it is nice to have their presence here.
For many, this is the first rollercoaster that they have ever been on.
New Character Meet and Greets at Toontown in Disneyland
Disney has shared that with the return of the existing Disneyland Toontown meet-and-greet options, there will also be two new characters debuting in Toontown. Clarabelle Cow and Pete.
Mickey & Minnie’s houses were not changed during the renovation. Favorite previous characters (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck) will be back visiting guests plus two new debuts.
Clarabelle Cow and Pete (the friendly version of Pete from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and not the original villainous Pete first introduced in the Alice Comedies) will meet guests for the first time. Though the character of Pete has evolved, we can now consider him to be the longest recurring Disney character present in the theme parks. He debuted in the series of films before even Oswald. This is the first time that Pete has ever appeared in a Disney theme park.
Another new character change. When Mickey Mouse meets guests outside of his house he’ll sport a new more relaxed outfit.
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New Disneyland Toontown Dining Options
The previous three dining locations (Daisy’s Diner, Pluto’s Dog House, and Clarabelle’s) have been combined into one large dining space called Café Daisy.
This new dining location will offer a far larger variety of menu items when Mickey’s Toontown reopens. And honestly, there was a bit of a need for some improved dining in Mickey’s Toontown! I am glad they still stuck to traditional options for kids while also offering something a bit better for adults.
- Daisy’s Dressed-up Dog-all-beef foot-long hot dog, chili-cheese sauce, mac & cheese, and parmesan potato crispies with house-made chips.
- The Daisy Dog is an all-beef foot-long hot dog with house-made chips and gives you the option of adding on some chili-cheese sauce.
- Cheesy Pizza Flop-Over features mozzarella and provolone with tomato sauce
- Pepperoni Pizza Flop-Over has pepperoni, mozzarella, and provolone with tomato sauce.
- Spring Garden Wrap– this plant based offering combines romaine and quinoa into a wrap with a creamy lemon dressing and toasted pumpkin seeds accompanied with house-made chips
The kid’s menu sticks to the basics which I’m sure many parents are grateful!
- Cheese Please! Pizza
- Pepperoni Please! Pizza
- Minnie’s Mini Corn Dogs
- Mini Mac and Cheesy.
- Toontown ‘Tater Chips – house-made chips with chili-cheese sauce
- Daisy’s Goody-Goody Donuts
- Picnic Time Watermelon Lemonade- Minute Maid Zero Sugar Lemonade, watermelon premium syrup, and watermelon gummies.
- Specialty Cold Brrr-ew- Caramel Mudslide Cold Brew from Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. with sea salt and whipped topping.
Good Boy! Grocers
The other dining spot, Good Boy! Grocers, is themed as a roadside stand with grab-and-go drinks, food, and novelties like the picnic blanket pictured above! Some of the items you can find here include:
- Pickles, Mini Babybel snack cheese, Coca-Cola beverages, waters, Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water, gluten-allergy-friendly cookies, fruit bars, and whole fruit.
But the real show stopper here is the Perfect Picnic Basket! After you purchase the basket, you can pick three snack-sized items such as Cuties Mandarin Orange, yogurt smoothie, applesauce, granola bar, gluten-allergy-friendly fig bar and more. You’ll also be able to choose between a small DASANI water or Minute Maid Juice Box.
Basically, it’s everything for a picnic and you can also grab a Perfect Picnic Blanket to go with the basket. Since Toontown is now filled with all these grassy spaces to sit and enjoy- it’s perfect for a picnic.
The location will also offer a Souvenir Slushee Sipper that is perfect for smaller guests. It is perfect for guests who don’t want a huge slushee to get a great sampling.
New Merchandise Location in Disneyland Toontown
There is a new merchandise location located at the exit of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland. The new hobby shop-themed store offers a selection of merchandise featuring Mickey Mouse and pals. The store opened early ahead of the new land on March 10 with a limited selection of merchandise. Starting on opening day the offering of merchandise in the new store will be expanded to include the below and potentially some other items too.
Based on the concession stand within the queue for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, there are a number of new food items for sale. Power Limes, fun reference to the musician in “A Goofy Movie” Powerline look like a lot of fun. There is also a 60×60 blanket themed to Mickey Mouse in Perfect Picnic, the short featured at the beginning of the Mickey & Minnie Runaway Railway attraction.
- Mickey’s Toontown Nested Plush Set
- Mickey’s Toontown Donald Duck Water Game
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Remote Control Trackless Train
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Remote Control Roadster
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Figurine Set
- Mickey’s Toontown Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Playmat
- Mickey’s Toontown Golly Pops
- Mickey’s Toontown Power Limes Sour Candy Chews
- Mickey’s Toontown Scrooge McDuck’s Chocolate Coins
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Train Mug
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Cooler Tote
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Picnic Blanket
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Ear Hat Ornament
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Limited Edition Pin
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Limited Edition Goofy Pin
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Limited Release Pin
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Date Night Pin
- Mickey’s Toontown Chuuby Plush Crossbody Bag
- Mickey’s Toontown Chuuby Ear Headband
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Youth Hat
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Youth Adaptive Ear Headband
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Boys Short Sleeve Fashion Tee
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Girls Short Sleeve Fashion Tee
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Infant Bodysuit
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Womens Short Sleeve Fashion Tee
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Womens Fleece Pull Over Hoodie
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Adult Long Sleeve Tee
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Adult Pull Over Hoodie
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Adult Short Sleeve Tee
During our preview, we were most excited to see Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Remote Control Trackless Train. The train functions like the trackless ride vehicles on the new attraction in Disneyland Toontown. The cars are not attached and tracklessly follow the engine. If a car gets separated it makes noises and then will reconnect. Here’s a look below.
There will be even more merchandise options added to the store over time.
This location offers merchandise mobile checkout so you can scan and pay for items directly on your phone from the Disneyland app.
What is unchanged in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland?
While there were plenty of new elements added to Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland, the land structure in general remains largely the same with the main addition being the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The rest of the land structurally remains the same.
Many of the interactive Mickey’s Toontown buildings have remained in the land as has Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin. Though we haven’t seen inside Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin yet to see if it has been freshened up, the Walt Disney Imagineering lead said that it is completely the same ride.
Mickey and Minnie’s Houses in Toontown also remain unchanged. The houses still offer fun interactive elements for guests as they wait to meet the characters. As shared above, the classic characters will still meet guests in Toontown in addition to the new additions. Though Mickey Mouse will receive a new costume for Toontown when he is outside the house, he’ll sport his classic look when meeting inside his house as seen above.
Frequently Asked Questions
There have been a few common questions we’ve been receiving about the new Disneyland Toontown layout including some of the most common below:
Is Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin Closing?
No, Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin will remain open. This has been confirmed by Disney and you can see the attraction is still available for guests to access now that access to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is available.
When will Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin open?
There has been no official reopening date announced. Currently, you can access the attraction with the area that has been opened by Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Disney could be waiting to reopen it until the land official reopens to help congestion in the area.
Is Disney changing Mickey and Minnie’s houses?
No, the staples of Toontown will not receive any major changes although I would not be surprised if we see paint and other details freshened up.
When does Toontown reopen?
Toontown officially reopens on March 19th 2023.
How can I ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway?
The new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction is using a standard queue and individual Lightning Lane access.
And of course, the question of the day… is the Bugs Land bench going to remain? No one knows that answer for sure but I hope it does! It was a nice callback to Bugs Land in California Adventure (which closed in 2018) which was another place focused around smaller kids.. just like Toontown.
Disneyland Toontown Design Layout
You can see the concept art brought to life in this model from the original look at Toontown’s reveal at the most recent D23 Expo including the addition of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway! It’s fun to compare the model to the the final product as seen in the photos above.
The new Toontown design is going to be more interactive for children and adults alike while also bringing in a more natural focus with plenty of grassy areas to enjoy in the shade. It’s also designed to be more inclusive of children with special needs!
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