Disney sets the closing date for Mickey's Toontown Fair at Walt Disney World
We now have an official closing date for Mickey's Toontown Fair at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
. The land's last day will be February 11, 2011. So if you want to see Mickey's House on the east coast, or ride Goofy's Barnstormer, you'd better do it before then.
Mickey and the gang will remain in the park for meet and greets after Feb. 11, of course, eventually settling into a new location on Main Street. And the roller coaster will return as part of the new circus-themed Dumbo mini-land within the Magic Kingdom's new Fantasyland, which is scheduled to debut in 2013.
Scale model of the new Dumbo section of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion. Photo courtesy Disney.
(Of course, if you're in the Orlando area and simply must have a Vekoma Junior Coaster to ride before then, there's always the Flight of the Hippogriff over at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.)
On the west coast, Disney's making construction changes, too. The giant CALIFORNIA letters in front of Disney California Adventure go away on January 4, 2011, so get there before then if you want a photo.
And Brian is ticked that there's no 'B' in California
The next day, Disney begins construction on the front plaza of that park, which will ultimately result in a new front gate that will look very much like the front of Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.
Two Dumbo's? Great idea. That attraction draws inconceivable lines and needs the extra capacity.
Dumbo's target age is, what, two to five? The Barnstormer gets, maybe, four to eight or nine?
I am interested to see what Disney does with the Exposition Hall for the new Mickey/Minnie meet 'n' greet. Will they just slam in something cheap, or will they give the iconic mouse a beautiful new home. I hope for the latter, of course.
Well, that might be because the land *was* an afterthought. The young'uns might not know this, but what became Mickey's Toontown Fair was intended to be a one-year, temporary exhibit called Mickey's Birthdayland, to celebrate Mickey Mouse's 60th birthday... in 1988.
I wish they would have just redone Toontown because, lets face it, where does Mickey live now when he visits the east coast? We need his house, wherever that is! Personally, I would have liked to have seen a Roger Rabbit like attraction with the fab five vs. Pete and Mortimer Mouse.
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