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Tokyo Disneyland Guide
|Konnichiwa! A look at Disney in Japan|
According to old Disney legend, it was Mickey Mouse who suggested that Walt build his first park next to Toontown, home of the Disney characters. This would allow them to visit with guests on their day's off. For many years, Toontown remained hidden behind the park berm. But then the secret was revealed during a Mickey Mouse interview on the Disney Channel, so it was decided to break down the wall and allow guests to visit the gang at home (or, in the case of Donald, at boat). The same tradition has been followed here at Tokyo Disneyland.
In the distance behind ToonTown, you'll see the towering hills, with the ToonTown logo (a la Hollywood sign). Most buildings in Toontown tilt, sway, sweep, and generally ignore the laws and rules that most structure must obey. Also, in the best cartoon spirit, most things that are static in other lands are not here: mailboxes and 'mouse'-hole covers talk. Packages produce unusual noises, and many of the store fronts are interactive.
Here you can find Mickey's house, as well as Minnie's residence, Donald's boat (the Miss Daisy), Goofy's Bounce house, Chip and Dale's tree house, Gadget's Go Coaster, and perhaps one of the better "dark rides" in the park, Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin. Be sure and check the special details in the homes, such as book titles, tv listings and shopping lists.
Of course, this is the best place in the park to see the fab five, who appear for pictures, handshakes and fun.
Toontown is also home of Donalds Parade, a daily parade featuring Donald and company with park guests (kids) joining in the fun.