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What’s it Like Inside the New Disneyland Toontown?

What’s it Like Inside the New Disneyland Toontown?

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This Disneyland Toontown review was written by family travel expert Marcie Cheung and may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

When we first started visiting Disneyland with babies and toddlers, Mickey’s Toontown was our go-to spot to get out some wiggles.

When it closed down last year, I was a little worried whether or not it would still have the same special feel when it reopened in 2023.

Luckily, we were able to visit right after the grand opening on our most recent Disneyland vacation and got to explore the reimagined Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland.

Let me tell you, it’s even BETTER than before!

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What’s New at Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland?

As soon as you enter Mickey’s Toontown, you’ll realize that the entire land has gotten a much-needed facelift. Everything is shiny and new and feels like it got a good scrubbing.

New Attraction: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

I have to start out by talking about the new attraction: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. My husband and kids did it at Walt Disney World last year and raved about it. So, I was super excited to ride it myself.

Image of the side of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway in Disneyland Toontown.
This is the side view of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

It uses the same technology as Rise of the Resistance, where you’re in a train car that is detached and does its own route. It is NOT a scary ride and it’s perfect for kids of all ages (and grown ups who don’t like thrill rides).

Image of Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto in Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway ride at Disneyland Toontown
This is one of the final scenes in Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

This is easily one of my new favorite rides at Disneyland! The whole experience is fun, engaging, and visually stunning!

While you wait in line, you’ll also get to see a lot of cool Disney stuff like movie posters, props, and fun exhibits.

Grassy Area by Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin

Right in front of the entrance to Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin is a small park. This is a big grassy area with lots of benches and places to put your perfect picnic blanket.

Image of a grassy area in Disneyland Toontown
This area got much busier at lunchtime. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

We spent a lot of time here enjoying snacks/lunch and letting the kids rest.

Toontown’s New CenTOONial Park

Just outside of Mickey and Minnie’s runaway railway is the new Toontown CenTOONial park.

It features a wondrous dreaming tree inspired by the tree that Walt Disney himself would daydream under in his hometown of Marceline, Missouri.

Image of two boys playing on a log at Centoonial Park at Disneyland Toontown.
There are tons of things to climb on and hills to roll down at CenTOONial Park in Toontown. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

It has sculpted tree roots that provide an opportunity for children to play, crawl and explore. But my kids will tell you that the coolest part about CenTOONial Park are the hills you can roll down.

Stunning Fountain

Another gorgeous feature at the new Toontown is the fountain that’s right in front of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

Image of a Mickey and Minnie fountain at Disneyland Toontown
The new Toontown fountain has little water tables for kids. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

While there was the Roger Rabbit fountain in the old Toontown, the Mickey and Minnie Fountain is a lot cuter and much more whimsical. Plus it has water tables where kids can splash around on warm days.

How to Play Yard

Right by Goofy’s House is play area with a whimsical sound garden where kids can dream up new ways to make wacky noises.

Image of a rainbow colored chute slide at Disneyland Toontown.
Your kids will definitely want to slide down this rainbow colored chute! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

There’s a rainbow-colored chute slide that was a huge hit with kids PLUS it’s wheelchair-accessible. I don’t suggest grown-ups go down it unless you like a sore bum!

My kids also liked running across the wooden bridge that would sporadically make wacky noises.

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New Relaxing Area in Toontown at Disneyland

Besides Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, my favorite new addition to Mickey’s Toontown is the quiet space tucked away near the Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Gadget Coaster.

Image of a grassy area at Disneyland Toontown
This is a great place for toddler naps or to rest. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

It’s another grassy area with benches, but there’s also space inside a cave. It really is much quieter (and calmer) in this spot. It’s meant to be an inclusive space for people who need a break from the sounds and visuals.

As an introverted mom, it’s the perfect place to recharge a bit while my kids do the roller coaster.

New Buildings in Disneyland Toontown

If you love cute Disneyland photo backdrops, you’ll definitely want to spend some time snapping pics in front of the Disneyland Toontown buildings

Image of Disneyland Toontown buildings
These are just a few of the Toontown building facades. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

They are located between Cafe Daisy and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The Bank, Post Office, and City Hall are especially cute!

What is the Same in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland?

While there are a lot of cool new attractions at Mickey’s Toontown, a lot of our favorites are still there.

Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Gadget Coaster

This used to be called the Gadget Go Coaster, but it’s now called Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Gadget Coaster. That’s the only thing that’s different.

Image of the Chip N Dale's Gadget Coaster sign
The Gadget Go Coaster is now Chip N Dale’s Gadget Coaster. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

When we were there, the line was consistently 40 minutes long. I think that’s because so many people were in the area and it’s a ride that kids can do on their own.

Donald’s Boat is Now Donald’s Duck Pond

As far as interactive play experiences, Donald’s Boat has been a hit for years with my family. It’s still there but refreshed and renamed Donald’s Duck Pond.

Image of two boys on a rocking toy at Disneyland Toontown
My boys liked this rocking toy! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

There are spinning water lilies, balance beams, and rocking toys. Plus, you can go inside Donald’s boat and peep out the portholes.

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Goofy’s House

Goofy’s House is still there, but now it has an interactive candy-making contraption. Kids can go inside Goofy’s House to fully check it out.

Image of Goofy's How to Play Yard at Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland.
Goofy’s House and How to Play Yard at Disneyland Toontown. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

And it’s connected to the new How to Play Yard.

Toontown’s Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

This is a dark ride based on the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” It’s still the same ride.

Disneyland Toontown Fireworks Factory

While this building was already a Disneyland Toontown staple, it’s been revamped to include more interactive play experiences.

Image of the Disneyland Fireworks Factory in Toontown
The Fireworks Factory is still there. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

You can still walk inside and see some cute exhibits. There are tons of buttons that kids can press all around the building. And there’s still the TNT box and the jail photo ops.

Mickey Mouse’s Car and the Fire Truck

If your kids loved climbing inside the vehicles in the old Toontown, don’t fret! They are still there! Mickey’s car did move to a slightly different location, but it’s still a great photo op!

New Disneyland Toontown Dining Options

In the past, there weren’t a lot of food options inside Mickey’s Toontown. Now, there are a few choices.

Cafe Daisy

This is the main quick service restaurant in Toontown. I recommend doing mobile ordering, but if the pick-up window seems late, just order at the counter.

Image of Cafe Daisy at Toontown
The line to order is on the left and there are pick up windows at Cafe Daisy. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Of course, I stalked my favorite Disneyland bloggers so I’d know what foods were worth trying before we went. Here’s what we ordered:

Spring Garden Wrap

I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Spring Garden Wrap as an easy lunch option. In the world of theme park food, it’s hard to find something that tastes great and also checks the “healthy” box.

Image of the Spring Garden Wrap at Cafe Daisy in Toontown
I swear it tastes better than it looks! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

It was also really big, so I feel like I got my money’s worth.

The Daisy Dog

This is a basic foot-long hot dog. We actually ordered this two days in a row. The first time, we did it as a late morning breakfast to balance out all the sugar we ate in the morning.

It’s large enough that younger kids can share one.

It also comes with homemade chips, however none of us were very impressed. They were pretty soggy each time we ordered them. I’ve never seen my kids turn down chips…until now.

Specialty Cold Brrr Ew

Funny story, my husband called it by it’s name, including an emphasis on the “brrr ew” and he made a cast member genuinely laugh because apparently, no one had done that yet!

Image of cold brew coffee at Cafe Daisy at Disneyland Toontown
Yes, you can get coffee at Cafe Daisy! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

He really enjoyed it and said he’d order it again.

Picnic Time Watermelon Lemonade

I ordered this specifically because it seemed like the one thing all my Disney blogger friends raved about. It was so tasty that I ordered it two days in a row.

My kids especially liked picking out the watermelon gummies to eat once the drink was gone.

Daisy’s Goody-Goody Donuts

We actually ordered these twice. The first time was so we could try them ourselves. Spoiler: they are delicious! And then we ordered them later in the day to share with friends.

Image of 5 mini donuts at Cafe Daisy
There are 5 mini donuts in each order. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

One thing to know is that there are 5 mini donuts in each order. So, you might want to do 2 orders if your kids are hungry monkeys, like mine.

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    Good Boy! Grocers

    If you’re looking for healthy food at Disneyland, this is a good place to find some. They have green apples, fruit bars, pickles, bananas, mandarin oranges, Babybel cheese, and allergy-friendly cookies.

    Image of the Good Boy! Grocers at Disneyland Toontown
    You can get all kinds of healthy snacks at Good Boy! Grocers. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    You can also get frozen slushies and other grab-and-go drinks.

    Perfect Picnic Basket

    This is the main item that is featured at Good Boy! Grocers. You choose 3 food items and 1 beverage for your picnic basket.

    Image of the Perfect Picnic Basket at Disneyland Toontown
    The Perfect Picnic Basket includes a plastic basket carrier. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    Your choices include:

    • Cuties Mandarin Orange
    • Mini Babybel Snack Cheese
    • Seedless Grapes
    • Applesauce
    • Yogurt Smoothie
    • Goldfish Whole Grain Crackers
    • Dried Fruit Mix
    • Gluten Allergy-Friendly Fig Bar
    • Granola Bars
    • Minute Maid® Juice Box
    • Small DASANI® Bottled Water

    Popcorn Cart

    There’s also an adorable Popcorn Cart near the Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Gadget Coaster. When we were there, they had the adorable El Capitoon Theater popcorn buckets, like from Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway!

    Disneyland Toontown Shopping

    EnginEAR Souvenirs

    This is a gift shop that is located at the exit of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. It has tons of attraction-themed items like Minnie Ears, clothing, and toys.

    Image of the EnginEAR Souvenirs shop in Mickey's Toontown
    This is the gift shop in Disneyland Toontown. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    It’s also a great place to find Disneyland souvenirs featuring the Fab Five!

    New Character Meet and Greets at Toontown in Disneyland

    Several years ago, if you wanted to meet a character in Toontown, you’d need to stand in line at a certain time.

    Then, the pandemic happened and when Disneyland re-opened, they only offered selfies with Disney characters who were tucked away from the guests.

    Today, it’s sort of a mixture of the two styles. The characters walk around Toontown and people can run up to take photos with them. This saves a lot of time and it feels a lot more organic.

    You usually can see Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Goofy in this area throughout the day.

    Meet Pete

    The newest Disney character meet and greet is with Pete, who is sort of a villain in the classic Disney cartoons.

    I was pretty stoked to see Pete at the new Toontown. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    He recently debuted as a roaming character and it’s a must-do photo op for anyone who loves character photos.

    While he has a peg leg in the cartoons, the Pete you’ll meet has two working legs. My guess is that it’s to make it easier to get around, but I really don’t know.

    Meet Clarabelle

    Another newish character to meet is Clarabelle. I’ve only seen her a few times in the Parks and it’s usually during the Food and Wine Festival in Disney California Adventure.

    Image of a woman taking a selfie with Clarabelle in Disneyland Toontown
    Had to get a selfie with Clarabelle! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    However, she spends a lot of time roaming around Mickey’s Toontown!

    Visiting Mickey’s House in Toontown

    We also visited Mickey Mouse, you know, for “research” and it’s all the same as it was before. You’ll see the same exhibit stuff and they are still showing the same Disney cartoons in the waiting area.

    Image of a mom, dad, and son posing with Mickey Mouse in Toontown at Disneyland
    Mickey’s House is still a great experience, per usual! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    Visiting Minnie’s House in Toontown

    Visiting Minnie Mouse is also the same. Everything looks the same inside Minnie’s House and she still does the meet and greet in her gazebo.

    My Personal Tips for Visiting the Reimagined Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland

    Arrive Early

    Toontown is one of the most popular lands at Disneyland, so it’s important to arrive early to avoid the crowds.

    Image of a family taking a selfie in front of the Mickey's Toontown sign
    We went right as they opened on our first day at Disneyland. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    We visited as soon as it opened on our first day at Disneyland and there were moderate crowds. When we went back in the early afternoon, it was PACKED and the stroller parking was overflowing.

    Use Genie Plus for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

    Since this is one of the newest rides at Disneyland, there can be long lines. There used to be a virtual queue, but that has now been replaced by Genie Plus. Using Genie Plus can really minimize your wait time.

    Keep Your Eyes Out for Disney Characters

    I was really hoping to get photos with Pete, a classic Disney character that is rarely spotted in the Parks. He did a quick walk near me on my first day when I wasn’t expecting it and I sort of got a selfie.

    Image of a woman pointing at Pete in Disneyland Toontown.
    I geeked out when Pete walked by! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    But, I went back the next day and kept my eyes peeled for him and got an actual selfie!

    Check the Parade Times

    Because of the location of Mickey’s Toontown, the entrance/exit can easily be blocked when parades come through Fantasyland.

    I highly recommend finding out when the parades are so you can decide if you want to be “stuck” inside Mickey’s Toontown or want to exit beforehand.

    It’s Not Just for Little Kids

    I was pleasantly surprised that my 9-year-old enjoyed the reimagined Mickey’s Toontown as much as my 6-year-old did.

    Between the rides and the places to play, it’s really easy to spend longer than you might expect.

    Plan More Time Than You Think

    I figured we’d spend about an hour in Mickey’s Toontown plus the time in line for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

    Image of Goofy's House in Disneyland Toontown
    Kids will love exploring Goofy’s House. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    We ended up spending about 3 hours because the kids were having so much fun running around the open green spaces and playing in the interactive play areas. We also rested and refueled with lunch and donuts.

    Image of the Welcome to Toontown sign
    There are tons of cool things to do in Disneyland Toontown. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

    Disneyland Toontown FAQs

    Where is Mickey’s Toontown located?

    The reimagined Mickey’s Toontown is located just beyond “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.

    Why did Disney close Disneyland Toontown?

    Disney closed Toontown in 2022 to begin an ambitious reimagining of the land. The new Toontown that opened in 2023 is more interactive and engaging for families and young children, with a focus on play and exploration.

    What’s the new attraction at Mickey’s Toontown?

    The new attraction at Disneyland Toontown is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

    How much time should I spend in Disneyland Toontown?

    Toontown is a small land, so you can easily see it all in an hour or two. However, if you want to take your time and enjoy all of the attractions, dining, and shopping options, you could easily spend a few hours in Toontown.

    Is Disneyland Toontown appropriate for all ages?

    Yes! Disneyland Toontown is now much more engaging for people of all ages. Everyone from babies and toddlers to tweens will enjoy the interactive play experiences. Plus there are more open green spaces than before. And Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a hit for the whole family.

    What time is Disneyland Toontown open?

    Mickey’s Toontown is typically open from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

    Is there stroller parking in Disneyland Toontown?

    Yes, there’s an extensive stroller parking area to the left as you enter Mickey’s Toontown. There’s also overflow stroller parking directly across on the right side of the entrance.

    Is the Chip N Dale Treehouse still there?

    No. Chip N Dale’s Treehouse closed during the Toontown refurbishment and it’s now a quiet green space.

    Can I get breakfast in Mickey’s Toontown?

    You can get mini donuts at Cafe Daisy, but that’s about it. We ended up getting a hot dog as a late breakfast.

    Disneyland Toontown Wrap Up

    The new Disneyland Toontown is a must-visit destination for anyone planning a Disney vacation.

    As one of the most beloved areas of the park, Mickey’s Toontown has undergone a massive renovation thanks to the dedication and creativity of the Walt Disney Company.

    The revitalized area pays homage to the iconic Mickey Mouse while also embracing the unpredictable cartoon world that he inhabits.

    The Disneyland Resort has truly outdone itself with this renovation, creating a fully immersive experience that will transport visitors into the heart of Toontown.

    From the incredible attention to detail in the design to the new attractions and experiences, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant and playful world.

    Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Mickey Mouse or just looking for a fun and unique experience, the new Disneyland Toontown is a must-see destination that should be at the top of your list.

    So pack your bags and get ready to step into a world of whimsy and wonder, where anything can happen and the magic of Disney is alive and well.

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