Mickey’s Toontown Fair is expected to close in February to make way for the Fantasyland expansion, according to a post on the Disney Parks blog.
Mickey and Minnie, whose houses are in Mickey’s Toontown Fair, will move to a space in Town Square Exposition Hall on Main Street U.S.A. Tinker Bell will be moving to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
When complete, the expanded Fantasyland will feature a Little Mermaid-themed attraction, similar to what Disney is building in California, and an expanded Dumbo attraction. The new land will also include a number of attractions themed on Disney princesses.
The new and expanded Fantasyland is expected to open by 2013.
Mickey’s Toontown Fair opened as Mickey’s Birthdayland in 1988 in time for Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday. The land was originally intended to be a temporary addition to the Magic Kingdom, but it was so popular, Disney officials decided to keep the land.
Even though the land was intended to be temporary, Disney officials put a lot of effort into building the Magic Kingdom’s seventh land – including building a third station for the Walt Disney World Railroad and realigning the Tomorrowland Speedway to accommodate the area.
In 1990, the land reopened as Mickey’s Starland. Mickey’s Toontown Fair debuted in 1996 as a revamped version of its predecessors.
Over the years, the land was home to Grandma Duck’s Farm and Minnie Moo – a cow famous for her Mickey Mouse ear-like spots on her side. The land’s “thrill” ride is The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farms, a pint-sized rollercoaster, which will be re-themed as part of the expansion.
The land will close for good on Feb. 11, according to Disney. Disney said the Walt Disney World Railroad will continue to operate even though the land will be closed.