WDW News Recap: So Long Toontown

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This is a guest post by Aaron Johnston of Disney Report – The latest Disney news from the World, Land, and Studios. Each week, we recap our best WDW headlines here in a tidy package for you to enjoy. Follow D-Report on Twitter.

The big news from this past week comes from the Northeast corner of the Magic Kingdom where Toontoon Fair has (finally) closed to make way for the presumable upgrade, Storybook Circusland. While I (like a lot of folks) are happy to see Toontown go, I can’t help but think the Circusland overlay is a missed opportunity to bring a highly themed environment and major attraction to this always underwhelming portion of the park.


Magic Kingdom: Circusland posters unveiled at Toontown Fair farewell party…

…final Mickey’s Toontown Fair pic blow-out

…a look back to Toontown precursor, Mickey’s Birthdayland

With the closing of Toontown, much of the Magic Kingdom has been forced to scatter the meet-n-greet leftovers to the far corners of the park. Throw in the standard off-season refurbs and you have a slightly hectic park at the moment.

Rest of Magic Kingdom in transition period…

It has been hard to get a handle on Haunted Mansion queue configuration based on current pics. It is still unknown if a trip through the upcoming interactive portion of the queue will be optional. With wait times typically manageable for this attraction, I am still have having a hard time understanding the need for this addition.

Haunted Mansion interactive queue still a mystery….

More news continues to leak from inside the construction walls of Star Tours 2. Some rumblings include WDW getting more screen-based overlays than the true queue revamping Disneyland is receiving. It is all conjecture at the moment, however, as we will all see how it all plays out soon enough.

Hollywood Studios: Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald confirms Vader in Stars Tours 2…

Animal Kingdom: On-the-cheap distraction turns into long-lasting guest favorite…

ImagineeringDis: Behind-the-scenes of Frontierland shooting gallery…

Early in the off season, it appeared very few of the minor construction projects that have popped up around Epcot in previous years would kick off again. There have been a few pleasant surprises, however, with the Spaceship Earth receiving repainted legs and the removal of Innoventions plaza whirly-gig structures.

Epcot: Latest look at minor Future World construction projects…

Since the initial announcement, we have been hard pressed to see movement on the upcoming Animation Inn resort. It is great to see construction finally starting to pick up on a site tagged by some as the slums of WDW.

MouseSteps checks in on Animation Inn progress…

Jack Spence explores the one-of-a-kind, famed Polynesian resort…

Disney Dream is still receiving a lot of press (some bad, mostly good) this week finally the ships’ s maiden voyages

DCL: LA Times wraps up Disney Dream review. Some misfires, strong finish…

…attention turning toward Disney Cruise Line Fantasy

D23 releases full details on WDW Destination D event…

And in news that never seems to go away…

Disney, Segway suit takes yet another convoluted twist…

Till next week…

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Posted on February 13, 2011

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