D23 Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway UPDATE

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

ORLANDO, Fla. –  We now all know when Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Disney’s first-ever Mickey Mouse themed ride-through attraction, will be debuting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Bob Chapek, our main man when it comes to Disney parks news, announced Saturday that Runaway Rail can be expected to open “in about a year.” Meaning, Hollywood Studios will be offering their guest both, Galaxy’s Edge and a NEW ride through attraction in 2019.  

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

If you haven’t heard, or maybe you forgot, The Great Movie Ride, that was housed in the replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater is no more. What is replacing it is an attraction that will totally immerse guest into the first ever dark ride featuring Mickey Mouse.

The first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey will feature a new original story and lovable theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.

On the attraction, the fun begins when you see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride.

Imagineers have been hard at work, using breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience. 

The wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short is where guest will be the star. And that means anything can happen in this zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns.

The Imagineers

 Kevin Rafferty and Senior Creator Producer/Manager Charita Charter took some time to sit down at D23 and discuss the new ride, which as of now, Disney really hasn’t been saying much about the details.  Our last real update about the ride was at last years D23 Expo in Japan.

“A couple of months ago we created the score in Hollywood, California with a 65-piece orchestra". Chris (Willis), who is most known for his work as the composer of Disney’s Mickey Shorts, has created much of the score. "Chris is a big Disney Parks fan, and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty.

It was also interesting to hear that to keep the authenticity of Mickey Shorts, all the sound effects will be created with physical items, most studios have gone to computers. They will be using a recording booth, similar to the techniques Jimmy Macdonald, the original head of the Disney sound effects department, to recreate the original sound effects featured in all those old school shorts. But if that wasn’t enough Rafftery told the crowd that the attraction’s creators were actually in possession of the original props Macdonald used and that they planned on using his unique musical arsenal of hand-built instruments, they even have the original “Steamboat Willie” whistle that was used in the iconic short.

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Mike Blue is The Social Introvert – An introvert with some, and extrovert with many. Mike’s been collecting toys of his childhood and wondering Central Florida for over 35 years. He holds his certification in Plant-Based nutrition, loves exploring the small towns of Florida, and is the most approached unapproachable man on the planet….and he likes that! 

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