Mickey's ToonTown Fair (EXTINCT!)
(October 1, 1996 - February 11, 2011)
History and photos of the Mickey's ToonTown Fair land in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
When the Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971, the park had six themed lands: Main Street, USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. The space between the Grand Prix Speedway and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was just open space.
As the years passed the park grew in popularity, and additional rides and shows were added to the theme park. The next major expansion though would be a dedication to Mickey Mouse himself.
1988 was the 60th birthday of Mickey Mouse. To help celebrate the occasion, the Magic Kingdom opened Mickey's Birthdayland on June 18, 1988, the seventh land in the theme park. Mickey's Birthdayland was actually themed to that of Duckburg, the fantasy land where Donald Duck and his companions from Disney's DuckTales lived. Oddly enough, despite being themed to Duckburg, there were only minor references to the ducks as almost all of the attention was focused on Mickey Mouse.
In Mickey's Birthdayland the park guests could visit Mickey's house and experience the Birthday Party Tent behind it. Inside the tent was a live stage show featuring the main cast of Disney characters as they helped celebrate Mickey's birthday. You could also visit with Mickey and get his picture and autograph, but that was located down the street at Mickey's Hollywood Theatre. Across the street from Mickey's Hollywood Theatre was Grandma Duck's Farm, a farm-themed petting zoo. The featured animal on the farm was a dairy cow named Minnie Moo. The black spots on one side of the cow had the shape of Mickey's head and ears, forming a classic "hidden Mickey."
One of the more important parts of Mickey's Birthdayland was the train station for the Walt Disney World Railroad. Originally there were only two train stations in the Magic Kingdom: one in Main Street, USA and a second station in Frontierland. This third station was added to the rear corner of the park and helped divide the entire circuit into thirds. This helped with moving crowds around the perimeter of the park.
When Mickey's birthday celebration ended in 1989, it was time to convert the land into something more generic yet longer-lasting. The birthday decorations were removed and on May 29, 1990, the land became known as Mickey's Starland.
Mickey's Starland was basically the same land as Mickey's Birthdayland, but with slightly different theming. The land was still themed to that of Duckburg, and Mickey's house was still the focal point of the land. The biggest difference was the changing of the Birthday Party Tent to that of Mickey's Starland Show. Instead of the show being themed to Mickey's birthday party, the new show was more of a comedy routine featuring stars from The Disney Afternoon block of cartoons: Darkwing Duck, Disney's Tale Spin, Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers, and of course, Disney's DuckTales.
Mickey's Starland closed just under six years later in early 1996. When the land reopened six months later, the Magic Kingdom would finally have its own version of the popular Mickey's Toontown land at Disneyland.
Soft opening in June of 1996, Mickey's ToonTown Fair became the next version of the small land that was tucked into the northeast corner of the Magic Kingdom. The land would officially open on October 1, 1996, as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney World.
The history of ToonTown Fair dates back to the 1988 hit film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Part of the film took place in a land called Toontown, a cartoony area where cartoon characters lived. Some of them would work here in the "real" world, but they all supposedly lived in Toontown. It was their home. Shortly after Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was released in the theaters, Disney realized that it had a star in Roger Rabbit. An expansion called Hollywoodland was being planned for Roger Rabbit over in Disneyland.
Meanwhile, over in the still-under-construction Disney-MGM Studios theme park at Walt Disney World, attractions were also being planned based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? However, because of the financial problems at Euro Disney in Paris, France, that Roger Rabbit expansion for the Disney-MGM Studios was cancelled.
What actually happened was that the concept of Hollywoodland was combined with that of Mickey's Birthdayland in the Magic Kingdom. Add in a Roger Rabbit attraction that was being planned for the Disney-MGM Studios theme park, and all of a sudden you have Mickey's Toontown. Mickey's Toontown opened in Disneyland in 1993, and it has been a successful area of the theme park.
The concept of Mickey's Toontown was then taken to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and converted into Mickey's ToonTown Fair.
Basically a scaled down version of Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland, Mickey's Toontown Fair is a place in the Magic Kingdom where the Disney characters call home. Each of the main Disney characters --- Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy --- had their own unique attraction / experience. The land also had a large store, a place to meet Mickey Mouse, and also the Walt Disney World Railroad train station. Next to the train station was a quiet walkway that stretched from the train station to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland.
The attractions were Mickey's Country House, Minnie's Country House, Donald's Boat, and a junior roller coaster called The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm. Both Mickey's and Minnie's houses were walk-through attractions, Mickey's house had a place to meet with Mickey Mouse while Minnie's house had interactive exhibits in her home. Donald's Boat was a simplified water playground where kids could splash around and get wet. The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm was a junior roller coaster that attracted people of all ages.
Outside of the Toontown Hall of Fame Tent was a statue of the town's founder, Cornelius Coot.
That's how Mickey's Toontown Fair was presented to Magic Kingdom park guests from October 1, 1996 until February 11, 2011 when it was closed. The land was closed to make way for the large expansion of Fantasyland. The train station and The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm would remain and be re-themed, but Donald's Boat as well as Mickey's Country House and Minnie's Country House were removed from the land.
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