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Disney Days of Past: Mickey’s Birthdayland Becomes Mickey’s Starland at Magic Kingdom Park

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

Mickey’s Birthdayland became Mickey’s Starland at Magic Kingdom Park this week in 1990. A few of the local residents gathered by the town sign to commemorate the name change.


Mickey’s Starland eventually became Mickey’s Toontown Fair in 1996. Now, of course, it’s home to Storybook Circus, where you can fly on an elephant, feel the thrill of The Barnstormer or visit some familiar friends at Pete’s Silly Sideshow.



  • 2 of my favorite Disney shows from my childhood in the early ’90’s are represented in that picture. Duck Tales,and Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. I wish that those shows were still around. Only thing that would make that picture more awesome would be some Gummie Bears.

  • I agree, miss the houses! Hope they will bring them back at some point.

  • Ah, Launchpad McQuack. I miss that guy…

  • James’ wife here – Oh gosh, fun fun memories, our son LOVED Darkwing Duck so very much I created his costume of Darkwing Duck for Halloween when he was 3 years old.
    A couple years later we got to take him to the show there and I remember clicking away on my old 35mm camera, new roll in camera, thinking I was such a great mom….oops! Forgot to fill the camera, ah thank goodness for memory chips these days! LOL
    The memories may not have been captured on film, but still remain in our hearts!
    <3 WDW!

    • 🙂

  • I miss ToonTown. The houses were so special!

  • I KNEW there was a Gadget character! 🙂 She doesn’t even show up as much now at the Gadget Go-Coasters in Disneylands West and Paris.

    And when Starland became permanent, wasn’t that when the parks first hit on the idea of keeping the character meets in one place? In the 70’s and 80’s, the characters wandered around and you never know who you’d run into, but once there was a place to -go- and meet Mickey, it was easier to manage the lines.

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