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Tribute: Explore Mickey’s Toontown Fair as it closes permanently at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

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Mickey’s Toontown Fair debuted at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 1988 as the temporary “Mickey’s Birthdayland” and more than 22 years and a few name changes later, it closes permanently today to make way for the circus.

In 2012, as part of the New Fantasyland expansion, Mickey’s Toontown Fair will become Storybook Circus, featuring the highly-anticipated double Dumbo and a revamped roller coaster. Little is known about what else will be featured in Storybook Circus, though new preview posters hint at what we can expect. But today is not about looking to the future, but rather about reminiscing about the time we have spent with Toontown.

So join me on a tribute tour of the land through video and photos…


Mickey’s Toontown Fair overview

Mickey's Toontown Fair sign

I visited Mickey’s Toontown Fair for the final time on Wednesday, armed with my usual still camera as well as a GoPro HD Hero to get some fun wide-angle photos and video.

Take a video walk with me on an overview of all that Toontown has had to offer, including Mickey and Minnie’s houses, Goofy’s Barnstormer roller coaster, Donald’s boat, the Disney Fairies meet and greet, and even the Walt Disney World Railroad:

We’ll explore the houses and roller coaster below, but first I wanted to share a few favorite photos from Donald’s Boat and the rest of Toontown:

Mickey's Toontown Fair sign

Pete's Garage

Donald's Boat

Donald's Boat

A closer look at the fun map hidden within Donald’s Boat, featuring my favorite Disney character, Scrooge McDuck:

Donald's Boat -  Map

The Pixie Hollow meet and greet is a relatively new addition to Toontown, within the last few years. The Fairies will be moving to Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Festival in the coming weeks:

Disney Fairies meet and greet - Tinker Bell

Toontown has also been home to the Disney Princess meet-and-greets, but they will move to the new Princess Fairytale Hall when it opens in Fantasyland in 2012. In the meantime, Princesses will be found in Adventureland.

I was never a regular visitor to Mickey’s Toontown Fair, but the occasional stroll through was always enjoyable if for nothing else than to observe the architecture featuring no right angles.


Mickey Mouse’s House

Mickey's House

The two locations that will be most-missed when Mickey’s Toontown Fair becomes Storybook Circus are the houses of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The pair will be relocated to Exposition Hall in Town Square, at the front of the park, where their new home will be an elaborate meet-and-greet.

11 Comments

  1. Nick Lepa

    My child hood just flashed before my eyes on a website. Thanks Ricky.

  2. Wow – that’s a wonderful collection of photos and videos Ricky. We stopped by on our last trip to say farewell – and I got to ride the Barnstormer for the first time – not the most comfortable of coasters but it was fun 🙂

  3. micsaund

    Great video – I never spent any time in Toon Town since it’s really focused at kids, so it was neat to see all of it virtually.

    The fairy in the black outfit seemed kinda… hmm… freaked-out or something when she was finger-waving at the camera. Wonder if she thought you were a stalker or something 😀

    Mike

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Vidia (the fairy dressed in black) just acts like that. She’s the fairy with “attitude.”

      1. micsaund

        Ahh… I see. My knowledge of fairies is obviously lacking :p

  4. Martin Webb

    Nice job on this. It was great going through this one last time with the Family.

  5. little leota

    It’s really sad. I remember as a little kid this was one of my favorite things to do.

  6. Mark Pinder

    Over a 15 year period we visited Disneyworld 8 times with our 2 girls and always looked in at Micky’s toon town, we always enjoyed it, and your website is a great reminder.

  7. Meg T.

    Whose idea was this to tear Mickey’s Toontown Fair down?!?!?!?!?!?! >:(

  8. lily mendez

    My opinion is the house of minni and toonns wonderful .expirence innolvidable .i believe never off the house’s toon….. deberian volver las casas h el mundo de mickey son lejos lo mejor y algo maravilloso .yo acabo de ir el año pasado y para mi fue triste no encontrarme con el mundo de mickey ya que no iba hace 6 años y para mi son algo que nunca olvidare de world disney …porfavor que vuelvan ese parte de disney…lo suplico …asi obvio que los niños olvidaran a mickey y sus amigosss que pena que pudiera ser asi

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