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