Remember Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride? This classic Fantasyland dark ride is still open to Guests at Disneyland Park, but its counterpart at the Magic Kingdom closed in 1998 to make way for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Mr. Toad did not go down without a fight, however, with fans staging “Toad-Ins” (protests) right in Fantasyland in an attempt to get Disney to reconsider the pending removal of this classic attraction. While the controversy surrounding the removal of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride has certainly faded over the years, its devoted fanbase has not as Guests continue to buy Mr. Toad merchandise, and Walt Disney World even introduced snacks inspired by the character for the Resort’s 50th-anniversary celebration.
But what if we told you there was a way Disney could bring some of the magic Guests loved on this iconic Fantasyland land attraction back to Walt Disney World in an all-new way? It’s already happened at Disneyland Paris, and it is a fun dream to consider for the Magic Kingdom.
Disneyland Park is presently the only place where Guests can experience Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, but across the pond Guests at Disneyland Paris have a Toad Hall of their own in the form of a restaurant! The Toad Hall Restaurant located right in Fantasyland at Disneyland Paris allows Guests to immerse themselves into the story of The Wind in the Willows (1949) without ever having to step into a ride vehicle.
The menu at Toad Hall Restaurant is fairly standard, largely offering fish and chips and sandwiches, but it is the detailed theming that could make this restaurant a fun way to bring a little bit of what Guests loved about Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride back to Walt Disney World.
While the area formerly occupied by Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is now part of the Hundred Acre Woods, that location is not befitting to a restaurant anyway. (It is located very close to the Friar’s Nook, Cheshire Cafe, Storybook Treats, and even Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is close on the edge of Tomorrowland.)
Instead, we would look elsewhere in Fantasyland if we were to renovate an existing site into a new Toad Hall Restaurant. The most logical location we’ve come up with in our dream redesign is Pinocchio Village Haus, which offers enough space to fully expand upon the story of Toad Hall Restaurant, while giving Mr. Toad another new home back in Fantasyland.
Another option would be to move our imaginary Toad Hall concept outside of the Magic Kingdom altogether. Especially if the original menu remained intact, or if we simply go by the setting of The Wind in the Willows, the UK pavilion in EPCOT could be another location for the Toad Hall Restaurant.
The pavilion’s quick service restaurant, Yorkshire County Fish Shop already serves some of the most delicious fish and chips we’ve ever had, and if there were space to expand upon the location (or add some Mr. Toad-inspired theming to the Rose and Crown) Toad Hall could find a home in EPCOT.
However, the UK pavilion has a lot of space, so there are multiple options for adding a new quick-service dining experience here. We can confirm space availability in this pavilion thanks to Disney’s previous (and now at least delayed, if not canceled) announcement that a Mary Poppins attraction would be coming to the UK.
Of course, Disney has sadly given us no indication that Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride could return in any capacity, but it’s still fun to dream!
Disney’s official description of the Toad Hall Restaurant in Disneyland Paris reads:
Zoom over to Disney’s Toad Hall for some time-honoured dishes, where fish and chips, salad, and sweet, scrumptious desserts are served amid a backdrop of Mr Toad’s family portraits and Wind in the Willows artwork.
For now, we will continue to remember Mr. Toad by visiting him in the pet cemetery by the exit of the Haunted Mansion. And if Disney does surprise us with a new Mr. Toad experience someday, we will be back here on DisneyTips with all of the details.