Disneyland Update: What’s Happening in ToonTown?

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In April 2019, Disney announced that Mickey’s ToonTown would have some major construction coming its way in order to build the new attraction Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The same ride had been under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Hollywood Studios version finally opened on March 4, 2020.

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The new Disneyland Resort attraction will be located in Mickey’s ToonTown, a very fitting location, and was originally scheduled to open sometime in 2022. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the theme park to shut down and construction was put on pause. The attraction opening is now delayed until 2023.

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Luckily, construction has once again resumed and things are moving full steam ahead on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. In fact, construction progress is moving so quickly, as crews try to make up time, that Guests actually witnessed the demolition of the ToonTown 5 and Dime merchandise location during theme park hours.

ToonTown Demolition
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Now, the Gag Factory and ToonTown 5 and Dime are almost completely gone. There is also a large building that is being constructed ToonTown for the ride. The building will house the attraction itself, and the space once occupied by the Gag Factory will be the entrance to the ride. Of course, this will eventually be turned into the El CapiTOON theater, and, per the concept art that Disney released, the show building will be concealed by the classic rolling hills of ToonTown.

Inside the Magic was at Disneyland recently and saw the sad remains of what was once a fun merchandise location. Take a look below!

ToonTown Construction
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ToownTown Construction Disneyland
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What’s really exciting about the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction is that it is the first ride to feature the one who started it all, Mickey Mouse! For those who have not been able to ride the Disney World attraction, here is some more information on the ride from the Walt Disney World website:

The darling duo are taking a leisurely drive to a picnic in their sporty roadster—with Engineer Goofy’s train following merrily along. Plot twist—you get to go, too! Climb aboard a runaway railway and embark on a whirlwind ride through a world where the rules of physics don’t apply. Prepare for unexpected twists, slapstick gags and mind-boggling transformations at every turn, as Mickey and Minnie try to save the day.

There’s no telling where this train is heading! This is an adventure for Mickey and Minnie fans of all ages.

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Again, at this time, there is no exact opening date announced for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Mickey’s ToonTown; all that is known at this time is that it will open sometime in 2023.

Are you excited to see this new attraction come to Disneyland? Let us know in the comments!

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