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Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland with Preschoolers
Before you head into Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland, these are the things to be aware of. Disneyland with preschoolers and toddlers can be awesome, especially if you do a bit of research ahead of time! Little kids can alternate between excitement and nervousness in unfamiliar locations. Even a place that’s as fun-filled as Disneyland can still be worrisome for kids.
Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland is a great place for preschoolers to ride, place and explore. Unlike at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with Preschoolers, there’s not much inside Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland to frighten or scare. The Land is mostly bright and whimsical. However there are a few attractions to be aware of if you have a skittish kiddo.
What’s Inside Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland?
There are currently 2 rides and 7 attractions inside Toontown that are appropriate for preschoolers (a third ride, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is set to open in 2022 at Disneyland). I’ve included height requirements for Disneyland with preschoolers so you’ll know ahead of time if your child is tall enough to ride.
- Roger Rabbit’s Car-Toon Spin (no height requirement)
- Gadget’s Go Coaster (35″ height requirement)
- Mickey’s House
- Minnie’s House
- Goofy’s Playhouse
- Donald’s Boat
- Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse
- Gag Factory
- Jolly Trolley and other vehicles
Where is Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland?
Toontown can be easy to miss unless you’re looking for it. It’s located all the way to the very back of Disneyland Park, past Fantasyland. The entrance to Toontown is located just under the train tracks to the left side of it’s a small world. Be sure to check out the Toontown population sign!
You’ll dip below the tracks and then rise up into an entirely new Land, complete with rolling hills in the distance, the Toontown sign (a la Hollywood!) and quirky off-kilter buildings. If you’re planning to visit Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland be aware that this Land opens an hour after official park opening. Toontown also closes early on nights when fireworks are shown. You’ll want to check the Disneyland app on the day of your visit to verify closing time.
Roger Rabbit’s Car-Toon Spin
Walk straight forward into Toontown and you’ll find Roger Rabbit’s Car-Toon Spin. Though this ride does offer FASTPASS and MaxPass bookings, this attraction features a very cool interactive queue that’s kind of fun. If wait time isn’t crazy, it’s worth the walk-through if you get a chance. The queue sets the stage for the ride and can help explain the movie to preschoolers who probably aren’t familiar with the plot (ie: “The Dip”!) Who Framed Roger Rabbit isn’t one of the Must-See Movies to Watch Before a Disneyland Trip, but it does help to understand the story line a bit.
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is silly fun for everyone as there is no height requirement. Take note that all kids must be sitting on the bench seat so this does eliminate infants. I was able to ride this with my 10-month old sitting between my preschooler and me.
Roger Rabbit’s Car-Toon Spin is combination dark ride (kind of like Monsters Inc Mike & Sully to the Rescue over at Disney California Adventure Park) and spinning ride (like Mad Tea Party). You’ll be able to spin your vehicle freely as you move through the action. If you suffer from motion sickness, you probably want to avoid spinning your car!
This isn’t my favorite ride at Disneyland. It’s dark inside and the spinning car can be nauseating (and who wants to be Sick at Disneyland?) My preschooler however thinks it’s GREAT so we usually do ride it! If you’re hesitant to take your baby, toddler or preschooler on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, consider using Rider Switch.
Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland is one of those great locations to let preschoolers run around and explore in their own time. Just as you exit the Roger Rabbit Car-Toon Spin ride, you’ll be deposited into the Gag Factory with a few interactive scenes that preschoolers will enjoy.
Step inside the Toontown post office. “Lock ’em up” in the jail or see if kids can lift the barbell out of the concrete. Press and pull the handles on the boxes at the Fireworks Factory. Then check out the door at the Power House. It’s all good fun and an excellent place to let preschoolers and toddlers run around!
There is only one set of restrooms in Toontown, located in the center of “town”. These bathrooms are set in what looks like a gas station. Be sure to have your preschoolers check out the “fish” inside the tanks outside the gas station!
There are several cartoon-like vehicles around Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland. This includes convertibles and a firetruck. Kids are welcome to climb on and sit in to spin the steering wheel! Take all the photo ops in the various cars located along the streets of Toontown.
When Toontown first opened the Jolly Trolley actually transported guests from one end of the area to the other on the cute, bobbing trolley car. But Toontown isn’t particular big and there were always so many guests wandering in front of the trolley, Disneyland stopped operating the Jolly Trolley long ago. It now sits on the tracks for photos.
Tour Minnie Mouse’s House
Minnie’s House is a preschooler’s delight! Start outside of her pink and purple house with a photo at Minnie’s “mailbox”. If Minnie Mouse is greeting guests, there will be a queue and estimated waited time.
Once inside her house, preschoolers can sit at Minnie’s kitchen table, see the cake baking in the oven and open her fridge to see what’s inside. Touching and interactive play is welcome here. If Minnie is greeting guests, she’ll be in back, at the wishing well.
Meet Mickey and Visit His House
Next door to Minnie’s house is where Mickey lives! Step inside Mickey’s House and check out all the hands-on surprises. Preschoolers can hop in Pluto’s dog bed, watch a vintage cartoon on Mickey’s TV and giggle at the pest who’s invading his garden. Kids who like to touch all the things will be fine here; everything inside Mickey’s house is touchable with interactive features.
Keep walking back into the barn and you’ll encounter movie props through the queue. Families get to meet Mickey himself in a private meet n’ greet room. So much better than standing in the hot sun for a regular character meeting! You’ll be able to wait in the air conditioned screening room while watching cartoons on a big screen.
Places to Play at Disneyland with Preschoolers
Toontown is one of the best places to wander and explore at Disneyland with preschoolers. There are several free-play locations in this Land. These playhouses are especially helpful if you have active kids who need to run around and burn off extra energy.
- Chip n’ Dale Treehouse – I’ve actually never traveled up into Chip n’ Dale Treehouse because it’s never been open on any of my visits! According to the Disneyland website you can climb a staircase inside the tree for a great view of Toontown.
- Donald’s Boat – Donald’s Boat is called the “Miss Daisy”. It’s a double-decker playhouse where kids can spin the Captain’s wheel and pull the ship’s whistle. There’s even a cool waterfall feature.
Goofy’s Playhouse – Next door at Goofy’s Playhouse there’s a playground in the garden that includes a short slide. Inside the house, kids love to play the “goofy” piano! There are waiting areas in all play areas for parents to sit and relax.
Gadget’s Go Coaster
The other ride in Mickey’s Toontown is Gadget’s Go Coaster, a preschooler’s perfect first roller coaster. This ride is based on the animated show Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers (thanks to Disney+ for introducing this show back to kids!). I appreciate all the quirky details here to look at in the queue.
There are lots of fun “found objects” that create the coaster like beach blankets, “Tinkertoys” and office supplies. It’s a great way to pass the time, spotting these items while you’re waiting in line.
There is only one coaster so the line tends to move slowly. But kids will excite at having the coaster whizzing by overhead while they wait in line! Adults can sit next to young kids (be aware that the seats are narrow so it may be a tight fit). The ride itself is only one-minute long. So Gadget’s Go Coaster is a great first roller coaster is your preschool is interested in faster rides. Gadget’s Go Coaster is one of the Disneyland outdoor attractions that doesn’t operate in rainy weather. For more ride tips at Disneyland, see my friend Becca’s post about the Best Rides for Toddlers and Preschoolers.
Some outdoor rides close when it’s raining.
Places to Shop and Eat at Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland
For shopping and souvenirs, you’ll find the Gag Factory Toontown Five & Dime is well stocked and generally not too busy.
In the courtyard just outside are 3 quick service dining locations where you can grab a bite. This is usually a quiet area of the park with plenty of outdoor seating. Check the Disneyland app on the day of your visit to verify that these dining locations are open. I’ve found that these three dining spots aren’t always operational during the off-peak times.
Only walk-up ordering is available at Toontown dining locations. Mobile ordering food on busy days at Disneyland is a great way to optimize your time in line. Unfortunately none of Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland dining locations currently offer Mobile Order.
- Daisy’s Diner – offers basic personal-sized pizzas, chicken Cobb salad and a variety of desserts.
- Pluto’s Dog House – hot dogs (including a foot-long bacon mac & cheese version!) and turkey sandwiches, all served with apple slices or chip.
- Clarabelle’s – soft serve frozen yogurt, root beer floats and soft serve sundaes.
Snack Carts – Even the popcorn cart in Toontown has a whimsical look! There’s also a frozen lemonade cart that sells a slushy version called Goofy’s Freeze.
Which Characters are in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland?
In addition to meeting Mickey and Minnie at their respective houses, occasionally characters are out to meet n’ greet in the Toontown area. We’ve seen Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy on previous visits.
I recommend using the Disneyland app to see locations and times of character greetings. Traditionally we’ve found the wait lines are generally shorter in Toontown than elsewhere in the park. For more Disneyland with preschoolers tips, click the link!
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – NEW ATTRACTION
It’s Mickey and Minnie’s very first ride! Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is coming to Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland. This new attraction is set to open first at Disney World (March 4th 2020 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). It will not open at Disneyland until 2022.
Based on the popular new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, this ride will not have a height limit. That means you’ll be able to ride it with kids of all ages (babies included). State-of-the-art technology and visual effects will combine in this immersive experience. It’s also being touted as the attraction to feature the most Hidden Mickeys. This is going to be a good attraction to ride over and over!
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