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Minnie’s House

Thanks to everyone who participated in the wishing well contest! Last time I used random.org to select my winner but then my friends said they liked my original method better, which was putting everyone’s name on a piece of paper, folding them up, and having Theo draw one out of a hat. It’s not as scientifically fair as random.org, but it does make for a cuter picture, so you will have to wait on the winner until my name-drawer wakes up from his nap.

Also, thanks for hanging in there with MWTM last week–big assignment due for school and the Vegas trip and all, but I’ll be able to devote more time in the coming weeks.

As you may recall from my post about Mickey’s House, Toontown is a little area in the back of the park that houses, among other things, the classic Mickey and Friends characters and the lamest ride in the whole park (Car Toon Spin). Mickey’s House is quite large and culminates in a meet and greet with Mickey. Minnie’s house, on the other hand, is smaller and there’s no meet and greet.

The first thing you see at Minnie’s House, aside from Minnie’s House itself, is the rather terrifying mailbox.

In case there's any confusion about who lives here, Minnie's mailbox clearly identifies the resident

And here’s the house itself. It’s very…pink.

and purple

Have you noticed that pink is not my thing?

Anyway, like Mickey’s place, Minnie’s House has a lot of things to sit on.

Minnie's interior decorater joins Mickey's interior decorater in the Chair Upholstery Hall of Shame

Minnie is very, very, very into hearts.

Cousin Addison checks out the heart vanity mirror

Minnie also has some sort of…I actually don’t even know what this thing is. It’s got, like, buttons and stuff, or something. Theo was equally confused.

It's got, like, buttons or something?

Minnie is also very, very, very into the domestic arts, particularly kitchen-related domestic arts. She’s got a plate of cookies for you, with a weird holographic set of chocolate chip cookies, which you can see at certain angles.

I'd like some real cookies, please

Minnie also has a dishwasher and if you push a button somewhere, the light comes on and water swirls all around and stuff. For some reason, this is like visual crack to small kids and they all sit there glued to it until their parents drag them away.

Duuuuuude, whhooooaaaaaaa

Minnie didn’t just stop with the cookies she was baking. Oh, no. She has a cake too. The cake is in the oven, and when you push a button on the oven, it lights up and the cake slowly inflates, like it’s supposed to be rising and all or something? But then it deflates when its little cycle is over, like a bad souffle.  I think it’s supposed to represent a cake rising and becoming a fully-frosted cake inside the oven but really it makes it look like cake is some sort of weird balloon you really wouldn’t want to eat.

A fully-frosted cake with candles inside the over. Minnie has got some mad baking skillz, I tell you.

Minnie’s house also has lots of things to pull and push and play with. In her kitchen, she’s got a refrigerator that opens, and then small children like to climb inside. No, not my small child. He was still mesmerized by the dishwasher.

It's time to defrost the freezer, Minnie. You'd think Disneyland could have sprung for a frost-free one.

And of course, outside, there’s the now-famous wishing well, where Minnie talks to you like she’s inside there or something.

Lassie, get help! Minnie's in the well!

Minnie’s House was cute, but was much more crowded than Mickey’s House and seriously, Minnie drowning in a well is not quite the climatic ending that Mickey’s Movie Barn was. All in all I found it a bit disappointing, though my pink and purple heart quota was more than met for the day.

Mickey’s House

Way in the back of the park past Small World is a little land called Toontown. Toontown is the home of the classic Disney characters (Mickey, et al.) as well as the lamest ride in the whole park, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.

But that’s not what this is about.

Mickey and Minnie also have their homes there. Did I know this? No I did not. But we met up with my cousin Tracy and her two kids, Addison and Luke, over in Toontown and they wanted to go see Mickey’s house, so there ya go.

Mickey’s house is a walkthrough which culminates in Mickey’s Movie Barn and photo opportunity. Mickey is supposed “filming” in said barn.

I find this rather dubious, given the last time a new Mickey cartoon showed up

Like the rest of Toontown, Mickey’s house is chock-full of massively oversized stuff that is pretty impervious to small children.

Upon entering, you see a staircase, which goes to a closed door and I can only assume Mickey’s bedroom. I let go of Theo’s hand as I took the picture, and then he decided to try to climb the stairs, and I realized…

OMG, I’m one of THOSE parents.

You know the ones. The ones who let their children run all over the place smearing their grubby little peanut-butter-and-jelly hands on Disney property or elsewhere.

(as an aside, we were in the Museum of Modern Art in New York one time and some little kid ran up to Picasso’s Three Musicians and slapped his hand on it. Right on the picture! The docent had stepped away from the picture briefly and there goes that kid. There was this huge collective gasp from everyone in the gallery including us, and what did the parents do? That’s right! Nothing!)

( So I hereby assure you that after the stairs incident, I did not let Theo go anywhere else he wasn’t supposed to. Really.)

(Hey Shelby, can we get back to Disneyland? Okay.)

Mere moments before Theo marched up the stairs and plopped himself down.

Fortunately, he didn’t make it past the Pluto gate. On the wall behind the stairs was a very charming picture of Walt and Mickey.

I wonder how much this would go for on the black market

In the next room, both Tracy and I were trying to take pictures. As anyone with children can tell you, it’s a statistical impossibility to take a picture of multiple children and have them all looking at the camera at the same time. Most of our pictures look like this.

"Theo, look at the camera! Smile Addie! Look over here, Luke! Over here, Theo! Over here! Say Cheeeeeeese!"

So it was pretty much a personal victory to get this shot, despite the fact that two out of the three look rather disgruntled.

Luke and Theo look like they're in time-out

Theo thought he was going to like the oversized chair, but the pattern displeased him.

This is so gauche. Mickey needs a new designer.

He was also mesmerized by the television showing real cartoons.

"They're heeerrreee." "Don't go into the light, Carol Anne!"

Mickey doesn’t do a lot of cooking.

That giant thing is a dishwasher, but where's the oven?

But he does have a garden.

Mickey only eats organic. How else do you think he lived this long?

While we all know that the proper place for a dog is inside the house cuddled up in the human’s bed while they sleep on the couch or floor, Pluto does have some pretty nice digs outside.

If this were my dog, that bone would be gone before it even hit the food bowl

Mickey also has some chickens. They were cooped up when we saw them, but I’m going to assume that they get access to the fresh air and sunlight and plenty of exercise, and are entirely grain-fed.

Mickey would never abuse his chickens, people!

It was somewhere around this point that I left Theo in the care of Tracy so I could take a few more pictures unencumbered. I returned to find her holding Theo’s hand and yelling, “Luke! Addison! Luke! Addison!” She turned to me and said, “Don’t worry–I didn’t lose your child, but I lost both of mine.”

We did find Addie in time to take a picture of some sort of painting accident scene.

I'm not really sure what happened here

Then you are funneled outside, except it isn’t actually outside because it’s all enclosed. It’s like some kind of secret bunker where you can move from room to room while the air raid sirens blare. Except that it’s above ground and it’s Mickey’s house at Disneyland.

You are supposed to go to his barn where he’s “filming a movie.”

Riiiiiiiiiiight.

I'm not sure I entirely believe this.

We peeked into the “barn” but there was no equipment like I saw when I was almost on Oprah. There was a big zig zagging line and a large screen showing Mickey cartoons after which you get to meet Mickey and get a picture. However, at that point the kids were antsy (and we were still missing one of them) so we decided to pass.

So, that’s Mickey’s house and the Mickey meet and greet in Toontown!

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