My Dreams of being at Disneyland for it’s 60th Birthday!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

Last night, at a special media event, Disneyland Resort announced the plans for the 60th anniversary of Walt’s wonderful park, Disneyland.  I’ve already been thinking about what a great trip that would be to be able to visit Disneyland this year and celebrate that wonderful anniversary.  As you may remember, we were fortunate enough to travel to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for the 40th anniversary of that park back in 2011 (here are posts about that trip here and here) — and this would be another bucket list item we could mark off of our list.

With my friend Sheila and her family, who are local to the area, I can imagine that the trip will be a great memory for Sheila, who has grown up visiting Disneyland all her life.  Already I’m dreaming of some of the things that I’d like to do on that day:

  1. In true Disney style, I want to ride the Disneyland Railroad all the way around the park.
  2. I want to visit each of the original, opening day attractions that are still open today.  Can you name them? :)
  3. I want to ride it’s a small world, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the Storybook Land Canal Boats, and Casey Jr. Circus Train.
  4. I want to see how Big Thunder Mountain compares to the Walt Disney World version.
  5. I want to ride Pirates of the Caribbean.
  6. I want to enjoy the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia.
  7. I want to take in the Enchanted Tiki Room show, as well as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln!
  8. I want to ride Jungle Cruise and Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
  9. I want to walk through Mickey and Minnie’s houses.
  10. Most of all, I want to imagine Disneyland as it was when Walt walked those paths. I want to imagine walking down Main Street, U.S.A., and having Walt Disney hold out his hand to shake mine.  I want to imagine how life could have been so very different if Walt had not smoked, and had not passed away as early as he did…

What do you want to do for the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland?  Do you have plans on attending?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!


The Lands of Disneyland: Mickey’s Toontown!

Mickey's Toontown is complete with it's own sign!

Mickey’s Toontown is complete with it’s own sign!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the concluding land in our Lands of Disneyland series!  We have been all over Disneyland Park, and to close us out, I’m taking a look at one of my favorite lands at Disneyland: Mickey’s Toontown!  While this is the last land we have to look at at Disneyland Park, it is by no means my least favorite.  In fact, based off of all that we saw and did at Disneyland, Mickey’s Toontown, in my opinion, rivals the best lands there, including Fantasyland and Tomorrowland!

Seeing Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland brought my mind back to the days of Mickey’s Toontown Fair are Walt Disney World, but I must admit that Toontown has so much more going for it than Toontown Fair ever did!  Here is all you can explore and do at Mickey’s Toontown:

In addition to the attractions and things to see and do, there are also some fun, creative quick service restaurants:

  • Daisy’s Diner
  • Pluto’s Dog House
  • Clarabelle’s

Now, let’s look at some of the attractions in more depth.  I’m basing my listing off of the things that I enjoyed the most, and also the ones that I believe are the busiest at Toontown.

Mickey’s House

Mickey's House is also the location where you can meet Mickey!

Mickey’s House is also the location where you can meet Mickey!

I believe that Mickey’s House at Toontown is much bigger than the house was at Toontown Fair.  That stands to reason because Toontown is where Mickey lived, but Toontown Fair is where he went on vacation.  Walking through it brought back all those times I had been in the house at the Magic Kingdom, but there was certainly a lot more to see at Disneyland.  Do you like Mickey’s House?  Let me know in the comments below!

Minnie’s House

This shot of Toontown shows Mickey's house and Minnie's House!

This shot of Toontown shows Mickey’s house and Minnie’s House!

Minnie’s House, as you can see, is located right next door to Mickey’s!  This perfect house is just right for her, and we went in and toured her house also!  Like Mickey’s house, it certainly brought back memories of Toontown Fair for me — and it was nice to see once again!

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin was a great attraction that I really enjoyed!

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin was a great attraction that I really enjoyed!

I loved taking a ride on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin!  This ride is something that was a lot of fun for me — more fun than I thought it would be at first.  I haven’t seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit in a long time, so riding this ride was great — it was like I was brought right back into the movie!  Plus, the queue line was great.  We did have a problem while in line with the ride malfunctioning, but we stuck it out and enjoyed the ride after everything was resolved!

My wife Cindy was very excited to see this quick service dining location — not necessarily because of the food choices (although I enjoyed my lunch that we had there, and so did everyone else too!) — but because of the great character represented!

My wife Cindy's favorite character is Daisy, so this was a hit for her!

My wife Cindy’s favorite character is Daisy, so this was a hit for her!

Part of the charm of Toontown is how they have so many things that you can interact with that make visiting Toontown that much more fun.  Take a look at these photos for more information!

Ring the doorbell and listen to the glass breaking!

Ring the doorbell and listen to the glass breaking!

There are other areas of Toontown that offer up similar things for the kids to play with, so explore and see what you can find!

Also, there are a lot of great photo spots available for you — just check out some of the things you can experience!

It's Toontown City Hall!

It’s Toontown City Hall!

Check out the 3rd Little Piggy Bank!

Check out the 3rd Little Piggy Bank!

Check out the Fire Truck!

Check out the Fire Truck!

Thank you for taking a look at Mickey’s Toontown with me!  Tell me, what is your favorite land at Disneyland?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!