|By Keith Mahne|
In 1988, the year of Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday, Walt Disney World celebrated the opening of Mickey’s Birthdayland. The land was themed as Duckburg the town from the Ducktales show. Mickey’s Birthdayland attractions included: Grandma Duck’s Farm with live animals (chickens, ducks, goats, pigs, cows and miniature horses), Mickey’s house including a Birthday Party Tent in the back yard which featured Minnie’s Surprise Party, a Mickey Mouse meet and greet in the dressing room at Mickey’s Hollywood Theatre, a train station for the Walt Disney World railroad, and a live show featuring Disney characters. Join us as we take a look back to 1988 and the opening of Mickey's Birthdayland...
At the end of Mickey’s 60th Birthday celebration on April 22, 1990, Mickey’s Birthdayland closed and was reopened and renamed on May 26, 1990 to Mickey’s Starland. Mickey’s Starland was then later updated and became Mickey’s Toontown Fair on June 29, 1996. Mickey’s Toontown Fair was closed on February 11, 2011 in order to build the Fantasyland extension.
Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.