Opening back in Disneyland on January 24, 1993 the Mickey’s Toontown area was inspired by the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The builders were stylized and colorful, and has several attractions involving classic cartoon characters such as the houses for Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and a children’s roller coaster.
In early 2019 Disney announced that the attraction Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (originally created for the Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida) would open at Mickey’s Toontown in 2023 inside the ElCapiTOON Theater.
Once the new attraction opened followed shortly after by the newly renovated Toontown opening fans flocked to check out all the changes. The queue for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is very different from the version in Florida that is housed inside the Chinese Theater firmly home to the Great Movie Ride. But once you get through the queue and climb aboard the train being controlled by Goofy the attractions are almost identical. If you are interested in reading a bit more about the Florida version you can check out this post here.
As I’m sure you are very familiar with, when you exit off the attraction you will eventually find yourself inside a nearby souvenir store. This new attraction is no different, but for those of you maybe not interested in the attraction no need to worry you can access the shop through a entrance just to the side of the El CapiTOON Theater. Just look for the sign with the name EnginEAR Souvenirs.
There is plenty of themed merchandise inside this shop and I’m not going to go over it here. But something of interested to myself and hopefully you as well fellow coin collectors is a new pressed penny machine. The design of the machine cabinet is fantastic and looks like it came from the classic California Zephyr passenger train line.
This set of pressed pennies are all themed around the new attraction with some cute designs of Mickey & Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Peg-leg Pete, Daisy and the newest character Chuuby the bird.
Each of the pennies in this set also have a special backstamp of the Mickey’s Toontown Disneyland logo. This is such a great little extra that Disneyland does with their penny machines. I hope someday we see this in the Florida parks as well.
This is a fun new family attraction that everyone can enjoy, with some truly amazing new ride technology that really makes you feel like you’ve been pulled into a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Keep on Pressing!