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Disneyland unveils scale models of Mickey’s Toontown makeover at D23 Expo

Riverside Press-Enterprise logo Riverside Press-Enterprise 9/9/2022 Brady MacDonald, The Press-Enterprise
A scale model of the remodeled Toontown at the Disney Parks and Experiences booth during the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. © Jeff Gritchen/The Press-Enterprise/TNS A scale model of the remodeled Toontown at the Disney Parks and Experiences booth during the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.

The reimagined Mickey’s Toontown returning to Disneyland next year will feature the first Mickey Mouse-themed ride, wet and dry play areas for kids and an extensive facelift for the cartoon-styled land built in 1993 that has been in need of some TLC.

Disneyland unveiled a pair of scale models detailing the renovation plans for Mickey’s Toontown during the D23 Expo that kicked off Friday, Sept. 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The updated version of Mickey’s Toontown is scheduled to reopen in early 2023 at the Anaheim theme park as a play area for families with young children.

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Mickey’s Toontown remains closed while Disneyland crews renovate the cartoon-style buildings inspired by the 1988 live-action/animated comedy mystery film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

The centerpiece of the reimagined land will be El Capitoon Theatre that serves as the entrance to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway dark ride imported from Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

The Runaway Railway attraction will take riders into the animated world of Mickey Mouse’s newest cartoon short, “Perfect Picnic.”

The theater lobby exhibit will feature props and costumes from the Toon world — including golf clubs, yardage markers and a movie poster from the 1941 “Canine Caddy” starring Mickey and Pluto.

Rolling green hills covering the massive Runaway Railway show building will replace the cartoon hills in faded colors that dominated the skyline of Toontown for the past few decades.

The Centoonial Park fountain interactive water play area near the Toontown entrance will spring to life for regular show moments throughout the day and night. Water will spurt from clamshells, flower blossoms and the mouths of cartoon fish in the fountain basin. Mickey will hold Minnie aloft in a ballerina pose at the top of the fountain.

Cafe Daisy will take over space once dedicated to the land’s quick service food stands — Pluto’s Dog House, Daisy’s Diner and Clarabelle’s ice cream. The Daisy Duck-themed sidewalk eatery will serve “dinner classics.” Shade trees and umbrellas will dot the City Hall courtyard filled with outdoor dining tables.

Next door, the Good Boy Grocers Market themed to Mickey’s dog Pluto will sell grab-and-go drinks and snacks.

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Toontown City Hall will be flanked by the 1st National Bank and the town courthouse. Down the block, the Toontown Street Repair department building is in need of repair.

The City Hall roof will be festooned with playful white-gloved cartoon hands that bang bells with mallets, pull air whistles and fire cannonballs from cannons. A golden piggy bank hops over the bank’s roof.

On the other side of Toontown, Goofy’s House and Donald Duck’s Boat will be rethemed as children’s play areas.

Goofy’s House will be reimagined as a candy-making shop with a chaotic Rube Goldberg-like contraption inside that fuels the confection operation. Goofy’s trademark green hat will rest at the peak of the roof that will be surrounded by honey-dripping beehives and colorful birdhouses.

Nearby, Donald’s Boat has crashed into a duck pond next to Goofy’s House. The boat is now filled with water and leaking from the inside. The resulting water play area will feature spinning water lilies and dancing fountains. Visitors will no longer be able to go inside the boat or up on the deck.

A grassy play area covered in artificial turf will surround a Dreaming Tree — inspired by the tree Walt Disney used to dream under in his hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Kids can climb on the tree’s undulating roots.

An elevated clubhouse will feature a rope climbing cargo net, hillside slides and a sound garden with quirky noise makers. Small play areas with balance beams, rocking horses and hopscotch squares will fill Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard.

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The Toontown scale models at the D23 Expo did not show Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin or the Gadget Go Coaster — which will remain after the extensive remodel. The dark ride has already been updated with a new backstory starring private detective Jessica Rabbit. The coaster is getting a new look and potentially a new name and backstory. Mickey and Minnie’s House will also return as meet-and-greet photo op locations.

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