Next spring guests are going to have the opportunity to ride the brand new attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, opening in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020.
Here are 7 fun facts about the upcoming attraction!
The ride will be in the Chinese Theater building where The Great Movie Ride once was.
Back at D23, 2017, it was announced that The Great Movie Ride would soon close and a new attraction featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse would take it’s place. Very shortly after that announcement, on August 13th, 2017, the attraction closed for good. There wasn’t much notice and that still makes a lot of fans sad that they didn’t get to say “good-bye” but about 2.5 years later there will finally be a new attraction in it’s place. From what I’ve heard, the early queuing area in the Chinese theater part is still very similar to how it was with The Great Movie Ride, so I hope that rumor is true. But by the concept art below, it seems some of it will definitely be different.
2. This attraction is inspired by the Mickey Shorts for the Disney Channel
This new attraction is inspired by the Mickey cartoon shorts that have been running on the Disney Channel. One thing I have loved about these new cartoons is that they seem to be returning to early Mickey Mouse comics in their feel. Mickey is spunkier, still not like he was in some comics back in the early days, but it’s still a fun side of the cartoon mouse we haven’t seen in awhile. I do like that they are using that aspect for the cartoons and this attraction.
Plus, this is the first ride through attraction coming to Disney parks that based on Mickey Mouse! Seems kind of a bit late, but we’ll take it.
3. It pays homage to Steamboat Willie
One of the special elements of this attraction is that they are using the original whistle from the Steamboat Willie cartoon to make the sound of Goofy’s train whistle. I love that little Disney touch. It’s a bit of nostalgia for a new attraction.
4. The attraction will have a new story and theme song
This ride is based on the Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts we see on the Disney Channel, but the story behind this ride will be a new one. Supposedly there will be a new song for the attraction as well. The story as we know it is that parks guests are invited to the premier of this new cartoon where Mickey and Minnie are on a picnic. Goofy shows up with his train and guests are taken into the cartoon for an epic, dark ride adventure.
Here’s the write up from the Walt Disney World Site:
Climb aboard a runaway railway and embark on a whirlwind ride through a world where the rules of physics don’t apply. Prepare for unexpected twists, slapstick gags and mind-boggling transformations at every turn, as Mickey and Minnie try to save the day.
5. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be a “2 1⁄2 D Experience”
New technology is being invented for this attraction so that it will be a 3-D experience without the 3-D glasses. Disney is calling this “2 1⁄2 D”
According to Imagineer Kevin Rafferty it will be a “dimensional display of amazingness.”
6. Hidden Mickeys
This attraction will boast more hidden Mickey’s than any existing ride currently at the parks. If you are on the hunt, this will be the place to do it. I’m kind of excited to see how many people find!
7. Disneyland will also get a version of this attraction
If you visit Disneyland you will not be left out. This attraction will also be coming to Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland Park. There is a brand new building being constructed for the ride called the El Capitoon Theater and it should open in 2022, if it continues on schedule.
There you have it! 7 fun facts about the upcoming Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020!
What do you think? Are you excited? Comment and let us know!
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