Disney decided that today would be as good of a day as any to announce that Toontown will be permanently closing at the end of business on February 11th to make way for the Fantasyland Expansion. The Disney Parks Blog has an “official announcement” on the subject, available here.
What does this mean?
1. The Barnstormer roller coaster will close. The plan is to re-theme the attraction to better fit in with the new Fantasyland.
From the employee website:
The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farms has a 35” height requirement. Guests looking for other attractions with low height requirements can still experience the Tomorrowland Speedway, which has a 32” minimum for accompanied children. The next lowest height requirement is 40” at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and Stitch’s Great Escape!
The Laughin’ Place play area near Splash Mountain is a great alternative to Toon Park. It will continue to be available and is suitable for kids ages 2 through 5.
Instead of Donald’s Boat, guests may still enjoy a chance to cool off in Adventureland at the leaky tikis near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
Balzac (inflatable ball) products will continue to be available from the cart in Tomorrowland located near the Cool Ship
The face painting area will close with Mickey’s Toontown Fair. Guests looking for a fun makeover can stop by The Pirates League or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to inquire about availability. Face painting will continue to be available in the other Walt Disney World theme parks.
2. Mickey, Minnie, and the Disney Princesses will relocate to temporary housing at Exposition Hall along Main Street at some point in “Spring 2011.” This means that it won’t be an immediate move. Until the new area is ready, these characters will be available around the Magic Kingdom for meet and greets.
3. Tinker Bell is relocating to Hollywood Studios, presumably to replace Lotso the Bear.
4. The other Disney fairies will relocate to Epcot at some point in “Spring 2011.” No specific date was provided but it is not expected to be an immediate move, meaning they may be unavailable for a time after February 11th.
5. Walt Disney World Railroad will continue to operate, but the Toontown station will be closed come February 12th.