Revamped Mickey’s Toontown Is Open
On March 19, Mickey’s Toontown reopened as a land geared toward making little ones feel as though they’ve stepped into a real-life cartoon. Upon entering, you encounter CenTOONial Park, featuring a dreaming tree (based on Walt’s daydreaming tree at his boyhood home in Marceline, Missouri) and a fountain with water tables inviting kids in for sensory play. Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard includes a sound garden, a clubhouse, and an interactive candy-making contraption. Donald’s Duck Pond is a playground for Disneyland’s littlest guests, while Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster lets tots experience a thrill. Tour Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House, and board the returning Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin for dizzying fun. There are two new eateries in Toontown too: Café Daisy and the grab-and-go Good Boy! Grocers.
The main attraction in this new Toontown, however, is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, a highly animated ride that opened in January. Its queue is packed with hidden Mickeys, and winds through the El CapiTOON Theater until you end up standing in a theater to see a classic Disney ‘toon—the mouse couple prepares to go on a picnic with Pluto when a train-related explosion ensues. You walk right through the exploded screen to board an ill-fated train with Goofy at the helm. This technologized darkroom ride is kid-friendly, and should look familiar to those who’ve visited Disney World’s Hollywood Studios since 2020. Depending on the day, there may be a standby line, or you’ll need to join the free virtual queue on the Disneyland app—enrollment times are only at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., so set an alarm—or buy a Lightning Lane arrival window.