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For those of you lost as to what that title means,
back in 1988-1989, Mickey was celebrating his 60th anniverasry, and the
company thought it would be great to create a special land, meant to be
temporary, dedicated to everyone's favorite mouse. Thus
Mickey's Birthdayland was born.
Anyway, the title of this page is based on the song you heard on your way
to Birthdayland as the train circled around to the station.
The Song went like this:
"We're on the express bound for birthdayland,
gonna have a big surprise for Mickey at birthdayland,
gonna be a whole lot of fun,
so come on everyone,
we'll have a big surprise for Mickey Mouse."
And so on. It was a catchy tune, and I can honestly say that I never
enjoyed a train ride better than that ride going to Birthdayland.
As the train pulled into the station, it was obvious that there was
a celebration going on in this land.
Birthdayland had only one attraction, and that was a show all about a surprise
party for Mickey Mouse. The format of the show went like this.
You first entered into Mickey's house (which is still there at Toontown
Fair in an expanded form), and after seeing all of that, you then passed
by minature versions of Donald, Minnie, and Goofy's houses. Then
you went into a large waiting area, where you watched some of Mickey's
Greatest Hits over the past 60 years (btw anyone else notice that in 1999
he's going to be 70). Then they led you into the giant theater where
you watched the show, which was a comedy involving all of the characters
doing their best to surprise Mickey, while not letting him know what's
Birthdayland also featured a number of other things, like a petting zoo
and the like. It was a nice little place to go, and proved to be
extremely popular with the guests.
In fact, it was so popular that it was decided to keep the land, even thought
it was only meant to be temporary (and trust me it had that hastily assembled
look to it), add a few things and rename it Mickey's Starland.
Starland ran successfully for about seven or eight years up to about 1996
when it was replaced by Mickey's Toontown Fair.
The premise of the show there was changed from a surprise party for
Mickey, to a show concerning the characters of the Disney Afternoon interacting
with Mickey in various ways.
The basic premise of the Starland shows were all the same. Mickey
is missing.....let's find him. Then the members of the Disney Afternoon
would run around on stage bumping into each other. They'd sing a
song, then, Mickey would be found, and everyone would go home happy.
While Birthdayland had that certain charm, Starland completely lacked that
special something Birthdayland had. I believe it was because every
year you would return, the show would get cheesier and cheesier.
Eventually it involved a comptuer named Dude, that would rap (badly I might
add), and you would shout at it Hey Dude!, as the CM cheered you on to
do so. The only thing I wanted to do was cheer for the Pepto Bismol
to keep the bile in my stomach. It was not a pleasant experience.
The last show I went to in Starland amounted simply to a thirty minute
commercial for the Disney Afternoon, and had lost all of the story it once