Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mickey's Toontown-- Disneyland

One thing that now noticeably differentiates Disneyland from the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is the existence of Mickey’s Toontown.  This section of Disneyland that sits behind “It’s a Small World” is a wonderful area for children to explore.  There are often characters waiting to be created by children.  

The houses of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Chip and Dale sit tucked into the back corner of the park.  The houses of Donald, Goofy and Chip and Dale are play areas for children.  It can be a great area to allow children free after being strapped into a carriage.  Minnie’s house is more of a traditional house tour giving a glimpse of how Minnie may live.  After roaming through Mickey’s house, families have the opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse as he prepares for one of his famous cartoon roles.

In addition to the houses of the Fab Five, there are two rides in this section of the park.  They include Gadget’s Go Coaster and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.  Gadget’s Go Coaster is a small scale roller coaster that has a minimum height requirement of 35”.  Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin features Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, the Weasels and “Dip”.  This ride has a deceptively long line that winds through dark ares.      

There are a few spots to grab a snack or small meal as well.  Three connected stands sell items such as pizza, salads, hot dogs, ice cream and sandwiches.  Tables are available near the center of Mickey’s Toontown to enjoy a quick bite to eat or watch kids play in the toon play area which features a toon jail, sound machines and toon cars.  

If this an area you want to explore, it is in the very back of the park.  The train does have a stop for Mickey’s Toontown.  This area does open later and close earlier than any other section of the park.  Even without kids it is a fun area to walk through and you are guaranteed to see Mickey Mouse.

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