New Tomorrowland, Toontown Refurbishment, New Parade and More Coming to Disneyland Resort

With D23 Expo well underway, it’s been a big weekend for news so far, and there’s much more on the horizon, especially at Disneyland Resort, the place where it all began.

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We’ll start out in Disneyland Park, where Toontown will be getting a total refresh in preparations for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opening in 2022.

Disneyland Toontown


As for where in Disneyland Park the ride will sit, you can stop worrying if you were expecting a large amount of Toontown to be demolished. Luckily, Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin and Gadget’s Go Coaster aren’t going anywhere. Disneyland cast members will probably be less enthused about this news as the ride is being built mostly backstage, behind Mickey’s Toontown. Guests will enter the attraction through what is now the Gag Factory shop, which will close to accommodate the new attraction.


If you want to learn more about the upcoming Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, please check out our breakdown of every scene in the ride.

Disneyland Park Photo Report August 17 2019 Tomorrowland Refurbishment Halloween Decor and more

Also in Disneyland, you might have noticed recent work on the fan-dubbed “french fry” rock formations that flanked the entrance to Tomorrowland. The marquee sign that says “Tomorrowland” has already been removed, and the remainder of the rocks will be taken out in a slow process over the coming months.

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According to internal sources, that is merely the beginning of a multi-year, $600 million dollar re-imagining of the entire land set to be completed in 2025-6. What does this project include? Well, that remains unknown as the project is still in its very early stages.


Across the Esplanade in Disney California Adventure, 2021 will bring a new daytime parade for the park’s 20th anniversary. Further plans for the park include a massive overhaul of Hollywood Land at the end of the next decade, budgeted at $800 million. Oh, and don’t forget about the Black Box Ride


  • Tom Corless

    Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World. Contact Tom at [email protected]

2 thoughts on “New Tomorrowland, Toontown Refurbishment, New Parade and More Coming to Disneyland Resort”

  1. Will Toontown close completely during the construction? I was hoping of taking my girlfriend there so she can see the Roger Rabbit ride.

  2. At Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, when Tomorrowland is refurbished by 2025-2026, all the old / unused PeopleMover and Rocket Rod Tracks as well as the old / unused observatron will be all removed to pave the way for the all-new PeopleMover with windows and without motorized tracks.

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