Sunday, January 15, 2012

Disneyland Trip Recap Part 11: Toon Town

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It's a pretty well-established fact that Disneyland's Toon Town is far superior to Disney World's dear departed Toon Town (R.I.P.) so I was very excited to get to explore it for the first time.  We had foolishly skipped it on my first half-day (half-assed) DL trip so this was the time to do it right.

Armed with our Hidden Mickeys of Disneyland tome, we checked out every secret and not so secret trick.  We rang the bell at the firehouse (the hidden mickey was obscured by a Christmas wreath, but we figured out what it was supposed to be), we pushed the buttons at the post office, we pulled the lids off boxes and my sister even got stuck in jail! 

We walked through some of the houses but we skipped Mickey's and most of Minnie's house since those guys were getting crowded.  I did have my heart set on riding Roger Rabbit's Car-Toon Spin though.

Now, this queue is TRICKY.  From the outside, it looked like a 5 minute wait, and Disneyland did not see fit to post a wait-time sign out front.  My sister and I almost NEVER wait in the regular line unless the wait is 10 minutes or less.  It seemed okay, so we hopped on line.  ROOKIE MISTAKE!

What we should have known from all of our Disney experience, was that the line was not as it appeared.  This queue is one of the most deceptive Disney queues I have seen.  It wraps around and around and around but you can never see where you are going so you have NO clue how much farther you have to shuffle. 

Audio Trick in the Queue

It doesn't help that the lights are really dim.  I was ever so slightly claustrophobic as a result, despite the pretty decent theming of the queue (you go through a theater complete with props, stage schedules and the back alleys of Toon Town with some audio tricks - I love me some audio tricks! - and a lab full of "dip"). 

After eons and eons, we reached the front of the line and hopped on the ride.  The ride is actually nothing special.  It's a dark ride/spinning teacups combo.  I am glad I went but it was NOT worth the wait.  If the wait was actually 5-10 minutes, maaaaybe even 15, it would have been worth it.  And I'm glad I checked out the queue but even that merits a 15 minute wait at most.  Ah well, live and learn!

1 comment:

  1. I'll try to remember this...just in case I DO get to actually go out west some day. ;)