13 Oct Re-Imagineering Disneyland’s Toontown
In 1993, Mickey’s Toontown opened at Disneyland. Tucked behind It’s a Small World, the toon themed land showcases not only wacky buildings with off the wall features, but rides based on an 80’s movie and 90’s tv show: Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers! Visiting Toontown almost always results in silly pictures of kids breaking out of a jail with rubber bars or driving a cartoon fire engine. Even though the land is well themed, in my opinion, it is severely lacking in restaurants and quality attractions and is in desperate need of re-imagineering.
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are discussing how we would improve a few Disney attractions.
photo credit: Becca of Love Our Crazy Life
In this whole area, there are two real rides: Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin and Gadget’s Go Coaster. These two attractions are themed for shows that have not been popular in decades. Don’t believe me? Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released into theaters in 1988: 28 years ago. I am going to go out on a limb and say that I’m not the only one who sees that this movie has not withstood the test of time. While I’m dating myself here, I grew up watching (and loving) Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers! However there are only two seasons of this show…a show that ended in 1990. While reruns were showed for a number of years after that, it has long been a show of Disney’s past.
photo credit: Becca from Love Our Crazy Life
I know this statement is going to get me in trouble, especially with a few small members of my own family. Toontown is currently a great place for those with small kids, but that is about it. I have long recommended Goofy’s Playhouse as a good spot to let toddlers run free and give the family a break from the hustle and bustle of a day at the park. However, I think there is a case to be made that some of that hustle and bustle could be alleviated by adding new attractions to this dated corner of the park. Attractions that would, in fact, attract people to visit them and pull some of the park’s visitors away from those long lines for rides like Space Mountain.
The question here is how? You may have heard of a thing called New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World. What I propose is bringing that concept out west. While space might not allow for New Fantasyland to move in in its entirety, I think adding a few of the rides and restaurants would be enough to bring a much needed facelift to this area.
What exactly am I suggesting? I say we bring over Be Our Guest Restaurant, Gaston’s Tavern, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Enchanted Tales with Belle. Two attractions and two restaurants. In addition, I’d like to propose that we keep Gadget’s Go Coaster, or some version of it. While I don’t mind the idea of a kid sized roller coaster, I think the theming needs an update. I’d like to see something Tangled themed here. I envision flower themed ride vehicles coasting down Rapunzel’s golden hair.
As if all of that wasn’t enough of a change, I have one more thought. What do we do with Mickey’s meet and greet? I have never been a big fan of his house, mostly because you are never quite sure how long the line to meet Mickey is until you get in there. Also because, like so much of Toontown, it is very dated. Maybe I wouldn’t mind it so much if the ride queue technology was updated. Maybe something with touch screens? However, I propose I demolish Mickey and Minnie’s homes all together and move them somewhere more central. And this is where some of you really might lose it on me. I say we move one or both of them to a nice indoor location on Main Street USA, where a Fastpass system can be implemented. Where you say? I think the current home of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln would be a perfect spot. I know many moms with sleeping babies love this part of the park, but I think it is “time to say goodbye” to our country’s 16th president and usher in a new era for this prime Main Street USA location.
Uncle Walt said it best when he said “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” This is one area of Disneyland that I would love Disney to breathe some new life into. What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? Is there something you think needs some improvement? Let me know and comment below!
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Green | Imagineer for a Day Loop:
- 1st Stop – Disney Nouns | Updating Rock n Roller Coaster
- 2nd Stop – Disney in Your Day | Re-imagineering the Great Movie Ride
- 3rd Stop – Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze | The Future of Future World
- 4th Stop – Mousekatools Mom | Re-Imagineering Disneyland’s Toontown
- 5th Stop – Superheroes and Teacups | 4 Great Reasons Why Epcot Should Add a Greece Pavilion