Friday, February 25, 2011

Goofy's Playhouse

Today we are visiting Goofy's Playhouse. 
Last summer we spent a great deal of our time over in Disney California Adventure keeping cool in the splash area that was once Bountiful Valley Farms. When that area closed, I will admit I was a little sad because it brought so much joy to my little guy. He loved running around in the open with other kids, and he loved getting wet. Am I still sad? Nope, not at all. I'm pretty excited for Carsland, so the closure of Bountiful Valley Farms is for a good reason. Once Bountiful Valley Farms closed though, I was on a lookout for something at the park that brought as much joy to him as the water area did. Sure they have Princess Dots Puddle Park in A Bug's Land, but the water over there is more like a drip compared to the water feature that was once in Bountiful Valley Farm. 

When Mickey's Toontown opened I was in High School. Goofy's Playhouse was a bounce house, and I was too old to go inside. I never really got to experience that part of the park, and I remember wanting to go inside and jump up and down really bad. 
Fast forward to today, I never really paid attention to Goofy's Playhouse because I figured my son wasn't old enough for it. Wrong. 
In September of last year right after Bountiful Valley Farm closed, I took a closer look and was surprised  at what I found. It's basically a themed playground for kids! I parked our stroller, and together the little guy and I explored. The excitement of running around with a bunch of kids was back in his eyes. We found our new spot to play. 
Crates are set up all over to create steps to a slide and to act as crawl tunnels.

There is a giant watermelon and pumpkin to crawl inside. 

More crates to sit on.
Let's go inside.
For those of you who love taking photos of your kids around the park like I do, this is a great place to do it. There is a couch, a chair, and a piano that make for great photo spots. 
Goofy's armoire has doors that slide back and forth to reveal different items, and there are spinners on the left to create a look with Goofy's clothes. Older kids may find this kind of boring, but for a two year old it's something fun to play with.... endless fun let me reassure you. 
Some of the details inside.
Silly Scales in G Goofy.
The keys on this piano work, and when you have two toddlers playing at once it's actually pretty "goofy" sounding. 
Two different angles of the same clothesline.
Back outside there are lots of details all around. 
The pumpkin in the middle is a tribute to Jack Lindquist.
Outside around the backside has some great detailing too. 
Closeup details of the front side. 
The front door is a little misleading, and actually does not function as a way to enter. You must enter through the garden/ play area to go inside Goofy's house. 
Recently we have been spotting Goofy pretty regularly standing out front of his house for meet and greets. 

Goofy's Playhouse is geared toward 2-5 year olds. My little one has been happily playing here since he was 18 months old. There are benches all around for parents to use if they want. 
The outdoor area has covers and trees for shade. 
This area can get a little crowded just like any place at the park,  but it is a great place to take a break and let your little one run around freely in an enclosed area. 

1 comments:

Beth said...

how fun! I loved Toontown when we were there last May. I wish WDW had developed their Toontown as well as DLR did!!