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Disney through the eyes of teens
|Adrienne Krock, editor|
If you aren't a young child, or you don't have a younger sibling, then you probably don't spend much time in Mickey's Toontown. Well, I was a littler kid once, and now I have a little brother. I spend time in Toontown. I have discovered that Toontown isn't just for little kids. Yes, it's aimed at them, but it is not just for them. The last time my friend and I went there, we had a blast. I'm going to tell you about some things to do by yourself, or while your little brother or sister plays!
First off my brother's favorite: Donald's Boat. Miss Daisy has ropes to climb and periscopes to look through. Everytime we go to Disneyland, my brother asks if we can go to Toontown to go on the boat. It's hard to keep up with him in there! I like climbing the ropes to get to the top deck, but there are narrow stairs if you prefer. Donald's Boat is docked in Toon Lake, and is really a lot of fun. This isn't the best part of Toontown as far as excitement goes, but it's cute.
Mickey's House, his Movie Barn, and Minnie's House are also in Toontown. Now, as you can tell by the way it's painted, Minnie's house is a place that girls enjoy. I like it, but my brother gets bored. Both Mickey and Minnie's houses are cozy and lots of fun, but Minnie's has big perfume bottles and make-up. What many people say is the funnest part of her house is a touch-screen computer. You pick a picture of Minnie (she is wearing something different in each) and then press a colored button. The color you press determines the color you use in this virtual coloring book. You touch a part of the picture you want to color. All the kids in Minnie's House want to try this, so you may need to wait to use her computer.
Now the kitchen, my favorite part! There are chocolate chip "diet cookies" that look delicious but are illusions (bummer). The cake in the oven rises and falls, and the dishwasher swishes away while you visit. Be sure to check out the refrigerator. Want any cheese?
Mickey's House is fun for both boys and girls. Walking through his house is an adventure in itself! I like Pluto's basket. We have this picture of me all curled up in it; it's pretty funny because it was taken recently and you wouldn't expect a 13-year-old to do that. Everyone passing by thought I was weird... I wonder why? Anyway, you walk by a piano, a magic mirror, a giant's socks, a bunch of musical instruments and movie- making equipment as you get to Mickey's Movie Barn. When you get even closer, you go through a greenhouse. Here, Pluto's doghouse sits on the lawn and gophers pop out of holes in Mickey's carrot patch.
Once you get to the barn, you watch a film put on by Donald and Goofy. This is very amusing, but sometimes there are a lot of people waiting, and it can get old if there are too many people. When it's finally your turn, you enter a room where Mickey is shooting a movie! The stage has been different nearly every time we've gone, and you can always use one more picture with Mickey. There is a photographer there, but if you have your own camera, they'll let you use it instead. Try to get there as early as possible or later in the evening when the crowds have died down. At the peak of the day, it gets pretty busy; everyone wants to see Mickey!
This next one may be my favorite part of Toontown. Jolly Trolley takes you from one side of the town to the other, and it's got spirit! It bounces happily along, and it is a great ride. But hang on! It can get a little rough, especially if you have stuff with you. One time, we were in Toontown at night and hardly anybody was riding Jolly Trolley, so we kept going on it over and over again. We had a really cool driver, too. His name was Michael and he made it a lot of fun.
Jolly Trolley takes you around two fountains, and when you see them , you have to think of me because I really like them. See, I like the whole music thing, and my favorite is the one by Donald's Boat where Mickey is on top conducting a symphony orchestra. Once, I wanted a picture of it, so I waited to be the last person in Toontown so that I could get a clear shot of the fountain. We even had to move trash cans out of the way! (You know, maybe I am a little weird.)
Then you have Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. I love this dark ride! My mom and I always have fun when we go on this. You can spin the cars and it's really a lot of fun. Right now, Roger Rabbit's is undergoing some changes, but when it's up and working again, it will be fully equipped with FASTPASS tickets, and you should definitely go on it!
Goofy's Bounce House is also fun, but you can't be taller than 52 inches but you have to be at least 3 years old, so you'll probably have to watch your kid brother or sister play. However, there is Goofy's garden to walk through on your way there, and that's a lot of fun to see because there's fun stuff there, like the watermelons are sprinklers. Chip 'n Dale Treehouse is a good place to go. It is simple, but fun. It is just a treehouse, but I suggest you walk through it at least once. It's especially good if you want to spend some time with a younger sibling.
Last but not least, Gadget's Go Coaster. I went on this for the first time recently with my friend. It was actually fun and very exciting!! I am not a huge rollercoaster fan, but this I could definitely handle. I like Big Thunder Mountain, and I thought this was really great! It may look short, but the fun is long!
There's lots more to do in Mickey's Toontown. Places to eat and shop, like the Toontown Five and Dime, things to do and see. Always be on the lookout for a hidden button, a talking mailbox, or any other surprises you might stumble upon! If you are asked to go exploring with your little brother or sister don't fight it. They will appreciate it and chances are, you'll have fun too!
I am 13 years old, and a typical junior high student. I live with my mom, dad, and little brother. My family and I have annual passes to Disneyland so we go quite often. I love school, and science has always been a favorite subject of mine. I am in band and hope to be involved in music for the rest of my life.
Right now, my career goal is to become a deejay. In my mind, that is the coolest job in the world! My hobbies include: listening to and playing music, reading, writing, messing around on the computer and hanging out at Disneyland. We have seven cats (four of them found us), a black Labrador, and I have a goldfish.
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