We all knew it was coming sooner or later. Mickey’s Toontown is closing. Why? Well in case you don’t know there is a major construction project underway for the Fantasyland Expansion. Search through my site, and you will find more information.
Here is the text from the Examiner…
As part of the planned Fantasyland expansion for Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World has announced the closing of Mickey’s Toontown Fair, home to many of Disney’s characters and several attractions for younger guests. Mickey’s Towntown Fair will close Feb. 11, 2011.
Mickey’s Toontown Fair, which originally opened in 1988 as Mickey’s Birthdayland, is the seventh Magic Kingdom themed area. The area features cartoonish architecture themed for specific Disney characters – Mickey and Minnie are neighbors – and toddler-friendly attractions such as Goofy’s Barnstormer (a kiddie coaster) and Donald’s Boat (a water play area).
Combined with the Judge’s Tent, a meet-and-greet location for the Big Cheese himself, and frequent appearances by other characters, Mickey’s Toontown Fair has proved particularly popular with families with young children.
The Disney Parks Blog noted the Disney characters will still be present in Magic Kingdom and throughout Walt Disney World. When Mickey’s Toontown Fair close, character appearances be relocated to the following areas in spring 2011:
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and princesses: Town Square (the areas currently known as Town Square Exposition Hall)
- Tinker Bell: Disney’s Hollywood Studios (perhaps as acknowledgement of her recent Hollywood Hall of Fame star or the successful Pixie Hollows DVD series)
- Pixie Hollow Fairies: Epcot (possibly in conjunction with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, March 2 – May 15, which will feature a Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden area).
Guests should be sure to pick up a theme park’s Guidemap and Times Guide when seeking character meet-and-greet locations.
Even after Mickey’s Toontown Fair closes, the Walt Disney World Railroad will continue to operate. The stations, however, will be closed.
The Fantasyland expansion, which Disney promotes as being the largest in the history of the Magic Kingdom, will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. Original plans for the Fantasyland expansion included a re-worked Dumbo attraction, expanded to a three-ring circus and offering more interactive queue, The Little Mermaid dark ride, and more space devoted to Disney princesses and the Tinker Bell / Pixie Hollow characters.
Since the original announcement, however, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, gave the Orlando Sentinel and interview stating the Fantasyland expansion plans are still in development, perhaps responding to concerns the expansion plans too heavily focused on attracting a “young girl” demographic.
The Fantasyland expansion will be rolled out in phases, with most attractions and new experiences scheduled to open by 2013.