Sunday, August 3, 2008
Welcome To Mickey's Toontown
2008 marks the 15th anniversary of Mickey's Toontown, which opened in Disneyland Park on January 24, 1993. To commemorate the occasion, here's an article I wrote for the beautifully-produced (and much-missed) Mickey Mouse Magazine. I well remember being at Disneyland with some other journalists in 1992 on the day before Thanksgiving to get a preview of Mickey's Toontown so I could write this article. Aside from having a wonderful time seeing the new Disneyland "realm" before it was even quite finished, I remember that day because driving home about 5:00 p.m. on the 5 Freeway was probably the worst freeway traffic I've ever seen here in Southern California. It was of course rush hour but because it was Thanksgiving "Eve" the crush of everyone heading home or wherever they were going was stupendous. This article actually ran in the "Guide For Grown-Ups" section of the magazine (a magazine-within-a-magazine, really), but I also wrote a more "kid-friendly" article for the Mickey Mouse Magazine proper. I'll post that article too sometime before 2008 is over. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this article covering the creation of Mickey's Toontown.