It’s just been announced that Disneyland will be receiving a kid-centric makeover in the Mickey’s Toontown area of the park. Josh D’Amaro released the BIG news today at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo.
The reimagining of the area will see open, grassy play spaces and interactive elements installed that will appeal to young children. The whole family will have room to stretch out, and if you’ve ever navigated the Disney parks with little ones, you’ll know how very important open play space (as well as a spot to relax) is. We’ve got our beloved Hub grass here in Walt Disney World; will Disneyland now have Toontown grass? Too cute.
“We are so excited to leverage Disney’s powerful brand, develop new stories and share even more magical experiences with our guests. The newly reimagined Mickey’s Toontown will be a welcoming place where families and younger guests can connect and play together in fun new ways.” ~Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
All of the details straight from Disney are below:
Even with a greener and more spacious Mickey’s Toontown, the land will offer more play activities and attractions than ever before. From active play to tactile play, new experiences will let children play, slide, spin, splash, touch and listen!
One of the new areas coming to Mickey’s Toontown will be CenTOONial Park, the first space guests will see when they enter. This natural space will be anchored by two interactive play experiences.
At the center of CenTOONial Park will be a fountain, designed for play, which will also become a center icon for Mickey’s Toontown. As its base, water tables will invite guests to play with the water and have a sensory experience. At night, the fountain will be brought to life in a unique spectacle.
A nearby dreaming tree will be inspired by the tree a young Walt Disney would daydream under in his hometown. Sculpted tree roots will provide an opportunity for children to play, crawl and explore, and undulating topography will offer rolling hills and a place to sit and dream.
In addition to reopening in 2023 with the new, family-friendly and adventurous Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Mickey’s Toontown will still be home to many beloved characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and more!
Mickey’s Toontown will close in March of 2022 to begin creating these all-new experiences.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as additional details are released.
Deni loves all things Disney, and, in 2013, moved to the Magic from Maryland. Walt Disney World is her happy place, and she loves getting to share it with others. Deni and her husband of almost 26 years have 2 grown children. Her favorite WDW snack? A Mickey Bar, of course. Is there any other?!