Mickey’s Toontown is going back to the drawing board, so to speak. Disneyland’s cartoony land will be closed for a lengthy redesign, when it will reopen with a reimagined look alongside Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro announced the Toontown overhaul at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo.

Mickey’s Toontown 2023 Reimagining - Disneyland Concept Art

The new layout of the land will feature all new experiences and green spaces designed to give families and young children more opportunities to play.  According to Disney Parks Blog, the new Toontown at Disneyland will include active play, tactile play, “new experiences will let children play, slide, spin, splash, touch and listen!”

A new area that Disney detailed is CenTOONial Park, which keeps in line with the naming of the El CapiTOON theater that will house Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. CenTOONial Park will greet guests as they enter Mickey’s Toontown from Fantasyland. This green space will feature two interactive play opportunities. Per Disney Parks Blog:

At the center of CenTOONial Park will be a fountain, designed for play, which will also become a center icon for Mickey’s Toontown. As its base, water tables will invite guests to play with the water and have a sensory experience. At night, the fountain will be brought to life in a unique spectacle.

A nearby dreaming tree will be inspired by the tree a young Walt Disney would daydream under in his hometown. Sculpted tree roots will provide an opportunity for children to play, crawl and explore, and undulating topography will offer rolling hills and a place to sit and dream.

CenTOONial Park - Disneyland’s Toontown Reimagining

In addition to the new play experiences, Toontown will continue to be the central location to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and more characters.

Mickey’s Toontown will close in March 2022, and it will reopen in early 2023. With Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway anchoring the land, the revamp is a welcome addition. The colorful, bubbly, and plasticky look of Mickey’s Toontown had not changed since it opened in 1988. Much of the look of the land was influenced by Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. From the look of the concept art, it looks like Toontown’s modern refresh will take some cues from the new Mickey Mouse cartoons. The open grassy spaces will be a great place for parents to bring kids to run around and get a break from being in a stroller.

We can’t wait to see how Toontown shapes up in 2023. Are you excited for this redesign? Let us know in the comments below!