Disney has confirmed on their official Disney Parks Blog what was already told to cast members this morning: Mickey’s Toontown Fair will be closing permanently at the Magic Kingdom in early February as part of the ongoing Fantasyland Expansion.
More specifically, the land that houses the homes of Mickey Mouse and friends will be shutting down on February 12, 2011 to make room for the circus, making February 11 the last day for guests to wander the area. But not just any circus is on the way. It’s a Dumbo circus, complete with an enhanced “double Dumbo,” featuring an all-new version of the classic Disney attraction, Dumbo the Flying Elephant that will allow guests to enjoy themselves in an interactive play area inside a nearby circus tent while waiting to board one of two Dumbo carousels.
But that and other circus elements around Toontown (new name unknown at this point) won’t be open until 2013. In the meantime, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the Disney princesses will move their meet-and-greets to Town Square Exposition Hall in spring 2011. Before then, the characters will appear in other spots within the Magic Kingdom.
Starting in February, guests will be able to meet Tinker Bell at Disney’s Hollywood Studios her fairy friends at Epcot beginning in the spring.
During Toontown’s construction, the Walt Disney World Railroad will continue to operate, but guests will no longer be able to use the Toontown station.
When 2013 rolls around, it’s likely that Mickey’s Toontown Fair, originally designed as the temporary Mickey’s Birthday Land, will feature a familiar layout with an all-new look. Many of the area’s buildings and structures are likely to remain, including Goofy’s Barnstormer, but renamed and re-themed to feature new decor inspired by Dumbo and his circus. All of the specifics of the Toontown makeover have not yet been revealed (and possibly not yet finalized within Walt Disney Imagineering) but the transformation will definitely begin in February.