Shanghai Disneyland is easily the most detailed of any Disney Magic Kingdom on the planet. If you’re a person who loves going to theme parks searching for Hidden Mickeys, little known trivia or even subtle stories scattered around the environment, then look no further than Mickey Avenue.
Today, we technically aren’t going to go down Mickey Avenue and walk towards Storybook Castle (though that is the official name of the land). Instead, we will spend all of our time on a side street known as Minnie Lane.
As you round the corner, you’ll pass Chip N’ Dale’s Treehouse Treats. A stand that sells fruits, nuts and snacks.
Inside you’ll find references to dozens of Disney cartoons and characters.
Going further down the road we start to see signs of WOOF radio.
From various locations on Mickey Avenue, you can find radios playing Disney classic tunes from these fancy Hyperion radios.
Take a listen in the video below!
Rounding the corner you’ll find the Three Little Pigs construction company. No doubt, they specialize in straw, wood and bricks. However, you’ve got to wonder what keeps them in business.
Right next door it seems that the Big Bad Wolf has started his own demolition business! While none of these shops, including Practical Pig Hardware, are places you can walk into, the detailing is great.
Right next door is Benny the Cab’s Taxi Service.
If you look closely, you can see Benny at the top of the building.
Right around the corner is an advertisement for Rust-eze, which, as we all know, is what Lightning McQueen uses to keep that shine on his bumper. Ka-chow!
Probably my favorite building along Minnie Avenue is the Clip Joint Barber Shop, located in the Elias building (a tip of the hat to Walt’s middle name).
Inside there are some great tributes to characters from “Ducktales,” “The Wind and the Willows” and much more.
Who knew that Lambert the Sheepish Lion had his own line of shampoos?
There are even magazines with Humphrey the Bear for customers waiting to get a haircut!
Moving on, you can find a door to the Woodchuck Lodge, where they are welcoming Junior Woodchucks.
A nod to Huey, Duey and Louie when they joined a version of the Boy Scouts in comic books and later in “Ducktales” cartoons.
However, to learn the true history of Mickey Avenue, step into the Carefree Corner where park guests can view and print photos taken in the park.
Inside you can find documentation on how Mickey Avenue was founded that shows how the characters all came together to create this community within Shanghai Disneyland.
You can see photographs of the ribbon-cutting of various businesses and they even framed the golden scissors as a souvenir!
While Shanghai Disneyland doesn’t have a train, they do have a train station at the front of the park. Here is a photo above showing the driving of the gold spike connecting the two sides of railroad tracks. Maybe this explains why there is no railroad around the parks?
Another nifty callback to the gold spike? This was a real event in Missouri when two railroad lines merged. The driving of the gold spike is highlighted not only in Spaceship Earth’s telegraph scene, but in the Hall of Presidents as well!
There are all kinds of portraits showing off how the characters live and work together on Mickey Avenue. Each can tell their own unique story.
They even have the golden shovel that was used for the toon groundbreaking of Mickey Avenue!
As it turns out, everyone on the Mickey Avenue board of directors is a Mouse, presumably related to Mickey. Perhaps a small nod to how some political entities are largely run by the older and more powerful members of town?
Speaking of mice, there is a tribute to Mortimer just around the corner outside of Remy’s Bakery. This was Mickey’s original name before Lillian stepped in and changed it.
Moving around the corner, check out the Mickey Avenue Post Office!
You’ll recognize names from all kinds of famous residents. Fans of Disneyland’s Toontown (which is not in Shanghai Disneyland) know that they also have a post office.
While these are not interactive, they feel more like a real town with cartoon characters than a toon version.
Just like a real post office, there are ads for air mail (a tribute to the short “Plane Crazy”) and even wanted posters! Which are, of course, the Beagle Boys from “Ducktales!”
I’ve got dozens more photos to show you, including the inside of Minnie’s Confectionary. Next time we will take a walk through there as well as other landmarks from Mickey Avenue. Meanwhile, check out this nighttime video of Mickey Avenue!
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