Mickey’s Toontown Fair closed forever last night with no celebrations, but that didn’t stop some fans from wanting to be the last to leave.
It was announced in 2009 that Toontown at the Magic Kingdom would be closing to make way for a new area of Fantasyland. It was first said it would probably close about this time last year. But Feb. 11, 2011 was its last day of operation.
After the fireworks ended, fans stayed in Toontown as long as they could, waiting for something to happen or to be told to leave. When asked if Mickey could come out and say goodbye, fans were told he was busy inside making cheesecake. A youngster in the group of fans said Mickey was probably busy packing.
Although the fans of Toontown didn’t get any send-off, cast members did on Thursday night. At the VIP party, cast members were able to get photos with the characters in different spots around Toontown, and Imagineer spoke about Toontown and the new Fantasyland, then the characters boarded the train.
Cast member and WDWNT reporter Josh Siegel was there and captured part of the event in this video:
Josh also too photos of the below unseen artwork promoting the upcoming Storybook Circus area of Fantasyland that replaces Toontown. The old Barnstormer ride will be rethemed as The Great Goofini. The new Fantasyland is supposed to open in stages during 2012 and 2013.