These lucky kids got to experience Disney Afternoon Avenue when it was less than two months old!
Disneyland in 1991 got really wacky really quickly. The area between Storybook Land and Videopolis (Fantasyland Theater today) was converted into “Disney Afternoon Avenue”. It was sort of a precursor to Mickey’s Toontown which opened less than two years later. It was filled with television characters from Disney’s after school and Saturday morning(?) shows like DuckTales, TaleSpin, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Gummi Bears, etc.
The Motor Boat Cruise became Motor Boat Cruise to Gummi Glen. The Fantasyland Autopia became the Rescue Rangers Raceway. Painted plywood flats were placed around these attractions. Further north Baloo had a dressing room you could visit (what?). Not the Baloo you remember fondly from The Jungle Book. Well it’s the same Baloo but now he’s a pilot and wears clothing. You know. The dressing room was located under the Railroad tracks next to “it’s a small world” where the Toontown entrance is today. At the nearby theater a musical production called Plane Crazy entertained everyone. No, not Mickey’s first animated short Plane Crazy. It starred characters from TaleSpin.
By the end of 1991 the temporary avenue was gone. This was a time when temporary meant temporary.
Fantastic photos sent by Raschell Smith Peschke and the Smith family.