Mickey’s Toontown Reopening Date & Details!

Disney has shared more concept art & info about the reopening Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland. This post shares dates & details, plus our commentary about the changes and upcoming additions debuting shortly after the start of Disney100, the company’s 100th Anniversary celebration that centers around the California parks.

Disneyland has already announced that the festivities kick off on January 27, 2023 with the debut of New Nighttime Spectaculars for Disney’s 100th & Entertainment Additions, and special limited-time offerings taking place throughout the resort all year long.

The new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction will also open early for the kick off the Disney100 anniversary celebration on January 27, 2023. This attraction is in Mickey’s Toontown, the rest of which will presumably be walled off until it’s ready to reopen.

That’ll occur on March 8, 2023 when Mickey’s Toontown reopens in Disneyland. Here’s the rest of the announcement from Disney with changes and details about the evolution of Toontown:

It was this time last year that Disney first announced Mickey’s Toontown would undergo an ambitious reimagining, and reopen with some all-new experiences for families and young children to have more opportunities to play together inside Disneyland. At D23 Expo in September, the company shared a bit more about the interactive play areas and how Disneyland is stepping into a new era of inclusive experiences in this land for families of all ages.

Mickey’s Toontown will become a vibrant symphony of sights, sounds and sensations very soon. Here’s a look at some of what you can expect when the land reopens on March 8, 2023!

The reimagined Mickey’s Toontown will provide open, grassy play spaces for everyone to unwind. This starts with CenTOONial Park, the first space guests will see when they enter the land.

CenTOONial Park will be anchored by two new interactive play experiences; a beautiful fountain featuring water tables designed for play that invite guests to have a sensory experience, plus a nearby dreaming tree with sculpted tree roots providing an opportunity for children to crawl and explore.

Over in Goofy’s neck of the woods, you’ll find Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard, as shown in this new aerial concept art.

This area in particular will see some of the most significant changes in Mickey’s Toontown, as it’ll offer more to do inside and outside.

Dedicated to all things play, Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard incorporates a whimsical soundgarden where kids will discover new ways to make wacky noises, as well as enjoy an all-new, elevated clubhouse.

When you step inside Goofy’s House, you’ll find a fun, interactive candy-making contraption that only Goofy could imagine!

The confectionery contraption begins high outside of Goofy’s home, as drips of honey fall from a beehive onto a chute that slides the colorful drops around and down into the home.

From there, junior candymakers will help Goofy make the candy, and the silly sounds of household appliances will combine to make a truly Goofy symphony.

Donald’s Boat will be perched in the duck pond of the Goof homestead.

This will feature larger-than-life spinning water lilies, balance beams, and rocking toys at Donald’s Duck Pond that will help little ones get the wiggles out. Kids will definitely love making a splash in this space! You also can look into the boat through the portholes to witness bubbles of fun inside the flooded vessel and interact with some familiar ducklings including Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby.

For those wanting to get a little “nutty,” you can head over to Chip ‘n’ 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.

And at Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House, you’ll once again be able to step right into their homes and enjoy a self-guided tour as you discover special surprises in every room. You may even be able to visit with Mickey and Minnie while you’re there, should they be home!

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin will also return, where you can board Lenny the Cab and spin through the streets and alleys of Toontown as you follow the adventures of Roger Rabbit.

And when you feel a snack attack coming on, you’ll be able to turn to two new places to appease your appetites in the land: Café Daisy, where acclaimed culinary expert, Daisy Duck, serves up diner classics at her sidewalk table eatery; and the Toontown Farmers Market at Good Boy! Grocers, a friendly roadside stand, offering grab-and-go drinks and treats.

As note above, Mickey’s Toontown will be home to the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride, which will debut ahead of Mickey’s Toontown on January 27, 2023.

Inside the El CapiTOON Theater, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you in the wacky and unpredictable cartoon world of Mickey and Minnie, where you’ll board a train with Goofy as the engineer. It shouldn’t be a spoiler to say that in short order, Goofy goofs up, the attraction switches gears and hits its “something has gone terribly wrong” bump in the scenic road. With that, Runaway Railway delivers upon both a common Imagineering and cartoon trope (and the attraction’s name).

From here, you glide through a series of loosely-connected vignettes in a variety of environments. There’s tremendous range in the settings, and the pacing of the attraction becomes fairly frenetic at this point. While I’m tempted to quibble with the tenuous narrative through-line that links the various scenes together, it feels very much in keeping with how a cartoon would bounce around from locale to locale.

As we’ve said before, we are mostly on board with the reimagining of Mickey’s Toontown. We are definitely in favor of the land being expanded and made more ‘equal’ to its counterparts around Disneyland, as it has always felt like less of a land than the rest. About the only downside from my perspective is that the previous musical Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit fountains are being removed, replaced by a single, centralized play fountain.

Other than that, all of this should breathe new life into Mickey’s Toontown. Previously, the land was reasonably popular for meet and greets, but that was otherwise forgotten for a lot of guests. That’s precisely why we’ve called Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin “criminally underrated” over the years–because it’s a top 3 dark ride, but never receives as much love as its Fantasyland counterparts.

I can’t really speak to the active and tactile play experiences directly, but one of the conversations we’ve had with friends who have small children is that the play experiences for that age demographic are limited in the parks.

I’m very much in favor of kids having 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 this reimagined Mickey’s Toontown will help add a much needed option for that.

Ultimately, all of these interactive play spaces plus Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be solid additions without anything significant being lost. Another big attraction in Toontown should also once and for all put to rest rumors about the land being replaced by future expansion.

While there haven’t been any rumors (so we’re guessing it won’t happen at this point), we’re still hopeful that eventually Mickey’s Toontown is connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. That would require relocating backstage facilities for Cast Members, but it wouldn’t be the first (or second…or third…) time Disneyland has done that in the last few years, and would greatly ease congestion and help with crowd flow. In the meantime, more green spaces in the parks is always a good thing. We’re cautiously optimistic that all of these changes and additions will be a net positive for Disneyland and guests!

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Your Thoughts

What do you think of the reimagined Mickey’s Toontown? Happy that it’ll debut on March 8, 2023 ahead of the busy spring break season at Disneyland? Excited for Disney to breathe some new life into this area, or think it’s already great? Thoughts on the addition of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway to Disneyland? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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