by Len Testa
We’ve updated all of the Magic Kingdom’s touring plans to reflect Toontown’s anticipated closure on February 11, 2011. Adults, ‘tweens and seniors should see few changes. Parents with small children will see the most changes, primarily in when character meet-and-greet opportunities are put in the plans.
With Toontown’s closure, most characters in the Magic Kingdom will no longer be available in a central location. Mickey and Minnie, for example, will eventually relocate to the Main Street Exposition Hall. Donald already has a new spot in Frontierland. Princesses will be spread throughout the park: Ariel and Jasmine in Adventureland; Tiana in Frontierland and Rapunzel in Fantasyland. Check the daily entertainment schedule for the locations and times for all character greetings when you enter the park.
Most two-day touring plans have character meet-and-greets scheduled in the late morning of one day. This is a very efficient way to balance both the character greetings and standing in line for attractions, since the headliner attractions are seen in the early morning of days one and two.
Most one-day plans have character autographs in the late afternoon, before dinner. With only one day in the park, it’s difficult to trade valuable riding time in the morning for walking around the park looking for characters. By moving the character greetings to late afternoon, we’re taking advantage of the fact that many families have either left the park after the afternoon parade, or are getting ready to go to dinner.
Each of these plans was tested several times in the Magic Kingdom prior to Toontown’s closure. Drop us a line and let us know how they work. Our thanks to Bernie, Theresa, Lauren S., Lauren K., Chelsea, Kara, Kay, Deborah, Kim, Erin, Leslie, Jenna and Mindy for their day-after-day-after day dedication to this cause.