Mickey’s Toontown: A Complete Character Community
March 18, 2018
The story of Mickey’s Toontown does not begin with it’s construction and opening in the 90s but instead can be traced back to 1931. Mickey Mouse was overwhelmed by his rise to stardom so decided to buy a house in one of the “Toon Only” cities, outside of Hollywood. He invited his “Disney Pals” to move with him, building a studio in his barn, so they all didn’t have to make the trek to Hollywood as often.
In the early 1950s Mickey received a visit from Walt about building a theme park. Mickey loved the idea and suggested that it be built in the orange groves next to Toontown. For the first 40 years of Disneyland Mickey’s Toontown remained closed (and invisible) to the public. However, in 1993 Mickey and the gang decided to open up their exclusive village to non-toon guests. (Genneway, The Disneyland Story, 2014, pg. 323)
Outlay of Toontown. Sourced from Creative Capers
This Roger Rabbit inspired story was actually the pitch for Mickey’s Toontown. The imagineers were given a directive to create a “complete character community…that features Disney characters at home, work and play.” And this is exactly what Toontown provides; an interactive playground for children 3-9, with a focus on characters rather than full scale attractions.
Note: Mickey’s Toontown closes at 8:30pm due to the fireworks display.
Character Meet and Greets
If you are struggling to meet your favourite characters out and about in the park, you can be guaranteed to get a family snap with Mickey, Minnie and the gang at Toontown. Because Mickey and Minnie are so popular they are virtually in their respective houses most of the day, while the others tend just to roam.
Mickey’s Deceptively Large House. Image from Disneyland.
Mickey’s House is a walk through attraction that ends in a photo opp with Mickey. The house is filled with lots of exaggerated furniture and is fun to explore with the kids. If you wish to meet Mickey the queue is at the back of the house and is themed as Mickey’s Studio Barn, where you will see some old cartoons and memorabilia as you wait for your photo.
If you haven’t seen Mickey walking Main Street or anywhere else in the Park then you are guaranteed to catch him at his place. However, being the most popular character photo option, lines can be up to 45 Minutes long. I suggest exploring Mickey’s House, checking out the line (to see if the app is accurate) and make a judgement based on that. We lined up for 40 minutes one day, only to get a photo with him in Main Street the next day. I’ll leave it up to you!
Minnie’s House. Image from Disneyland.
Minnie’s House is basically a feminine version of Mickey’s, with plenty to see, do and interact with. The only key difference here is that it’s designed for a smaller capacity crowd. Consequently you will often see the queue spill over, beyond the boundaries of the attraction. On a hot day this is not such a great thing so play your cards right here. Maybe go early in the morning if life without a photo with Minnie would just be unbearable.
Note: Mickey and Minnie are not available during Parade Times and usually leave their digs by 5pm.
If you want to meet and take photos of your other favourites from the classic Disney Shorts, it’s not as formal as Mickey and Minnie. You can find them wandering the streets of Toontown or, most commonly, outside the Toontown Hall of Fame. Interestingly you will generally not find them near the attractions that are named after them. The only ones I missed out on during my last visit were the two Ducks, Donald and Daisy.
Gadget’s Go Coaster
Gadget’s Go Coaster in Action. Image from Disney Parks Blog.
– Ride Type: Kiddy Coaster
– Height Requirements: 89 cm
– Attraction Duration: 45 Seconds
– Area: Mickey’s Toontown
– Fastpass: No
-Rider Switch: Yes
– Year Opened: 1993
– Recommendation: Do for Kids.
– Hours: Open-Close
– Average Queue Time: 20 Minutes
Hearing the name and seeing the theming of this kiddy coaster, you would think it was named after Inspector Gadget. However, it is actually named after Gadget, the clever and resourceful mouse from the very popular, 90s TV animation “Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers”. It is the only actual ride, currently in operation that is themed to a Saturday morning/afternoon Cartoon.
Gadget. Photo sourced from Zimbio.
Very Similar to, but slightly smaller than the Road Runnner Roller Coaster at Movie World (Gold Coast), Gadget’s Go Coaster is your run of the mill junior coaster. It goes up, down, turns a couple of times and your back to the beginning.
The theming of this ride is, as always quite good, with plenty to see while waiting in the queue. It is also the shortest ride in the whole resort but kids should find the coaster good fun (Especially if they are not tall enough for the more thrilling rides). I’ll give it a do if you have kids. Otherwise no need at all!
Spoiler Alert: Please find the POV of the ride here, thanks to Sharp Productions.
Roger Rabbits Cartoon Spin
Facade of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. Photo thanks to Disneyland
– Ride Type: Dark Ride
– Height Requirements: No
– Attraction Duration: 4 Minutes
– Area: Mickey’s Toontown
– Fastpass: Yes
-Rider Switch: Yes
– Year Opened: 1994
– Recommendation: Do.
– Hours: Open-Close
– Average Queue Time: 45 Minutes
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is the most exciting and technologically advanced cartoon-based dark ride in Disneyland. One punter described it as a cross between “Mr Toad’s Wild Ride and the Teacups, on LSD” and it doesn’t take long to see why.
Hop into “Benny” the Taxi, of Roger Rabbit fame, and take a tour of Mickey’s Toontown. This tour (as always with Disney attractions) goes awry very quickly, as the Roger Rabbit Weasels pour the cartoon killing “Dip” all across your path. For the rest of the time you are simply escaping the weasels as your taxi spins around (controlled by you) and make your way through cartoony gag after cartoony gag. I’m not going to lie…it gets a bit psychedelic and weird at one point. As you make your exit, though, there is a great “portable black hole” effect that is sure to boggle the mind.
This attraction is super popular and is enabled with Fastpass. The interactive queue is up there with some of the best at the resort, as are the special effects (compared to the Fantasyland Dark Rides anyway). I especially like how you can control how much you spin, however, I probably would not recommend this attraction if you suffer from motion sickness or vertigo. Definitely worth a go for the whole family.
Spoiler Alert: Below is the POV for Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin thanks to Theme Park HD.
As mentioned earlier, Mickey’s Toontown is essentially a big interactive playground, with entertainment and fun that you don’t need to line up for! There are three character themed play areas, with plenty of things to explore in and around Toontown as well. You can make up your own mind as to how many of these things you want to explore but they are all designed for kids to stretch their legs after being stuck in queues for half the day.
This is Donald Duck’s dwelling; a walk through attraction that is a slightly less detailed version of Mickey or Minnie’s House. You can climb a spiral staircase and spin the wheel of the boat or climb below decks to see where the most famous Disney Duck sleeps. Probably the worst of these walk-through attractions in Toontown and the rest of the park.
Goofy’s Playhouse is very detailed and an interesting place to explore. It used to have cool things like a bouncy room and ball pit but these got taken away due to safety and hygiene issues. That being said plenty of crazy things to see and do here. Very interactive. Image from Disneyland.
Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Treehouse
This is a great little place for kids who like to climb, with plenty of tunnels and rope bridges to explore. Like Goofy’s Playhouse, it used to have a ball pit with a slide but these were removed for the same reasons. Good for the old energy exertion. Image from Disneyland.
The Streets of Toontown
Plenty of fun things to do in the streets too, as this little photo story displays.
Low Security at Toontown.
Marking my territory.
Interactive TNT causes the building to explode…a little.
And there we have Toontown. The exaggerated, interactive, whimsical area for kids. It is a bit of fun to explore, especially if you have children in the correct age bracket. More importantly, if you need that final signature to fill up your autograph book, the best place to start would be here. Once again hope this was useful. See you next time for our final area: Tomorrowland!
Just for Fun: For those of you struggling to remember Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers here’s the intro, with it’s catchy theme song.