Disney has officially announced the last day for Mickey’s ToonTown Fair to be February 11, 2011. After that time, construction on the Fantasyland expansion (which is already underway) will overtake the ToonTown section.
The demolition of ToonTown in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World was previously announced as part of the revitalization of Fantasyland announced in September of 2009. What was unknown, up until now, was the last date in which guests would be able to enjoy the area themed for the little ones.
Mickey’s ToonTown Fair originally opened on June 18, 1988 and was called Mickey’s Birthdayland. It was re-designated on May 26, 1990 to Mickey’s Starland. Finally, it was changed to its current name on October 1, 1996. Throughout all of these incarnations, the area was directed towards the toddler in the family, but offered up enough fun for the entire family.
With the remodel, most of the old attractions at ToonTown will be lost. Some of them, however, like Goofy’s Barnstormer (a kids roller coaster) will be re-themed to better fit in with the updated Fantasyland.
Play-houses themed for Mickey, Minnie and even Donald Duck will be demolished, as will the Meet-and-Greet areas used by those characters and several others. Those meet-and-greets will be offered at other locations in the Magic Kingdom until they are moved permanently to Main Street, U.S.A. in the location currently known as the Town Square Exposition Hall.
Original plans for the new Fantasyland called for a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant, a Little Mermaid attraction and new areas for Disney’s Fairies. Those plans may have been changed, however, as Disney has indicated some modifications have occurred.
Sections of the expansion will be opened as allowed by the construction. The completed project is expected by 2013.
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