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Preschoolers Guide to Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland is a preschooler’s dream come true! From the bright colors, whimsical buildings and playful attractions this fun area is great for everyone, but especially for kids aged 2-5.

My tweens can take it or leave it and they don’t ever really ask to go to Toontown. My preschooler on the other hand loves this quirky area and would enjoy spending a good chunk of the day exploring Toontown. So here’s my preschoolers guide to Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland, including where to visit, what to ride, where to play and what to eat!

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Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers

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, Toontown sign (a la Hollywood!) and off-kilter buildings.

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

Roger Rabbit’s Car-Toon Spin

Walk straight forward and you’ll find Roger Rabbit’s Car-Toon Spin. Though this ride does offer a FastPass, this ride has a very cool interactive queue that is not to be missed. It’s worth the walk-through if you get a chance because 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”!)

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is silly fun for everyone as there is no height requirement. This is combination dark ride (kind of like Monsters Inc Mike & Sully to the Rescue over at Disney California Adventure Park) and Mad Tea Party because 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!

I was able to ride this with my 10-month old sitting between my preschooler and I (she didn’t like the darkness or the spinning though).

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

All these years of trying and still can’t get the barbell off the ground!

Gag Factory

Just as you exit the ride, you’ll be deposited in an alley with a few interactive scenes that preschoolers will enjoy. “Lock ’em up” in the jail, see if they can lift the barbell out of the concrete, press and pull the handles on the boxes at the Fireworks Factory and check out the door at the Power House. It’s all good fun!


At the end of the alley, you’ll find the Gag Factory Toontown Five & Dime for shopping. In the courtyard just outside are quick service dining locations where you can grab a bite. Daisy’s Diner offers basic personal-sized pizzas and Pluto’s Dog House has hot dogs and turkey sandwiches. After a meal you can hit Clarabelle’s for soft serve. I’ve found that these locations aren’t always open during the off-season, however.

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Vroom-Vroom!

There is one set of restrooms in Toontown, located in the center of “town”. Be sure to have your preschoolers check out the gas station “fish” inside the tanks! There’s also a car to sit in for a photo op. There are several cartoonish vehicles around Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland including a firetruck that kids can climb on and sit in.

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, they stopped operating it long ago. It now sits on the tracks for photos.

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Meet Minnie & Mickey

Minnie’s House is a preschooler’s delight! Sit at her kitchen table, see the cake baking in the oven and open her fridge to see what’s inside. Be sure to stop at the wishing well out back. Minnie often greets guests in front of her house.

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Cooking up fun inside Minnie’s kitchen

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. Keep walking back into the barn and you’ll encounter movie props through the queue and you’ll 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.

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Snuggling in Pluto’s bed at Mickey’s hosue

Playtime in Toontown

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.

Mickey's Toontown for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

The next two playhouses are great for preschoolers to just run around and burn off extra energy. Donald’s Boat is called the “Miss Daisy” and is a double-decker playhouse where kids can spin the Captain’s wheel and pull the ship’s whistle.

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Next door at Goofy’s Playhouse there’s a playground in the garden that includes a slide. Inside the house, kids love to play the “goofy” piano! There are waiting areas in both play areas for parents to sit and relax.

Mickey's Toontown for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

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 (which parents may be more familiar with than 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.

Mickey's Toontown for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Gadget’s Go Coaster

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! The ride itself is only one-minute long so it’s really a great place to start if your preschooler is interested in faster rides.

Say Hello to a ‘Toon Friend!

Occasionally characters are out to meet n’ greet including Pluto and Goofy and we’ve found the lines are generally shorter than elsewhere in the park.

Mickey's Toontown for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

Read more about taking preschoolers to Disneyland on my TravelingMom post!

Mickey's Toontown for Preschoolers - A Guide on What to Do, See & Eat!

What’s your favorite thing in Mickey’s Toontown? Share with me in the comments!

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Christmas at Disneyland – Winter Decor and Extra Sparkle!

From the resort hotels, to Downtown Disney and in both California Adventure and Disneyland Park, Christmas decor abounds!

Beautiful Christmas decor at Disneyland {Saving Up for Disney}

Disney Resort Hotels

On the left, the Disneyland Hotel Fantasy Tower Christmas tree was silver with bright purple, pink and turquoise balls. The tree on the right, in the Frontier Tower, was more rustic and covered with nature-inspired ornaments.

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Downtown Disney

Passing through Downtown Disney we loved the snowy trees and giant packages scattered throughout.

Beautiful Christmas decor at Disneyland {Saving Up for Disney}

Disney’s California Adventure

The decorations in California Adventure’s entry way were simple and sweet and appropriate for the time they represent.

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Carsland 

The Carsland decor is absolutely inspired! Auto filter garlands, white-wall tire wreaths and a Christmas tree decked out in shiny hubcaps! And this cutie…a “snowcar” complete with top hat and pylon nose!

Beautiful Christmas decor at Disneyland {Saving Up for Disney}

Beautiful Christmas decor at Disneyland {Saving Up for Disney}

Disneyland Main Street 

Over at Disneyland, there was a huge tree in the Main Street square dressed up with enormous ornaments, perfect for posing by.

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New Orlean’s Square

New Orleans Square was decked out top to bottom with amazing Christmas decorations. Garlands and ornaments were literally dripping from every corner!

Of course, the Haunted Mansion got in the spirit with its Haunted Mansion Holiday, inspired by the Nightmare Before Christmas.

Beautiful Christmas decor at Disneyland {Saving Up for Disney}

Beautiful Christmas decor at Disneyland {Saving Up for Disney}

Toontown

Toontown is naturally bright and festive, with lots of large ornaments and oversized bows!

Beautiful Christmas decor at Disneyland {Saving Up for Disney}

It’s a Small World

Finally, my favorite It’s a Small World Holiday, when the facade is bejeweled with tiny colorful lights and our favorite clock dons a Santa hat!

Disneyland is magical every day, but there is something about going during the holidays that make the season even more special!

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