Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is OPEN at Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, and is coming to Disneyland in 2023. Disney’s FIRST Mickey-themed attraction offers new things we’ve never seen before at Disney. In 2-1/2 dimensions, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway includes a new song, classic sound elements, and loads of hidden mickeys! Here are all the details on Disney’s newest ride.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is housed in the Chinese Theater at Hollywood Studios and aims to make guests feel like they have entered the cartoon world, right alongside Mickey and Minnie.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Ride Queue
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a beautiful, fun, and charming trackless ride, perfect for the whole family. In a standby queue, you can expect to wait between 30-90 minutes. At the opening, the longest waits were around the 2-½ hour mark. In the future, we’d anticipate waits to be closer to 30-60 minutes. Especially as other popular rides in the park – Slinky Dog, and Rise of the Resistance will still be competing for guest time.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Story Line
This ride brings guests into the world of a Mickey and Minnie’s cartoon called Mickey Mouse in A Perfect Picnic. The story opens up with our favorite power couple on their way, in their little red convertible, to a special place for a very perfect picnic. Then something unexpected happens. Goofy gets hold of a train and all sorts of shenanigans ensue. Thankfully Mickey and Minnie have each other and teamwork gets them, and us, out of this mess.
Much like how we saw in The Great Movie Ride, riders watch a short cartoon before entering the ride. The ride look and design are based on the 1930’s animation of the Mickey shorts airing on Disney Plus now. Emmy is award-winning, these cartoons share the perfect Mickey and Minnie dynamic with them as real partners. The ride aims to show that relationship in the same way. The design of the ride is meant to feel hand-drawn and aims to pull riders into the cartoon right alongside Mickey and Minnie as they go on their journey. This trackless ride will bring you through scenes familiar in the cartoons.
The Song and Sounds
Ready for a song as catchy as “It’s a Small World”? Christopher Willis, the genius behind the compositions currently heard in the Mickey shorts, has scored the ride. The goal? Give riders something sincere, simple, and singable. “Nothing can stop us now” is all about how Mickey and Minnie can handle anything!
In addition to the catchy song, we’ll also get to hear classic sounds from the olden days of movie-making. Lots of scrapes, bangs and kabooms await. Even the whistle, used in the 1928 short Steamboat Willie will be used as the train whistle in this ride. And we’ll also be hearing the tabletop cranking device used for the train sounds in Dumbo. Disney has pulled out all the stops to make this ride feel authentic and classic. Lots of old-school sound-making and nods to classic Disney History here. While this isn’t an example of what the ride will be you can get a feel for the graphics, Mickey and Minnie relationships, and sounds in Nature’s Wonderland.
As Disney’s FIRST Mickey and Minnie-themed ride, we’ve been promised more hidden mickeys in this ride than ever! Imagineers shared that they won’t even know how many there are after it’s all complete.
Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
The new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Ride is part of a larger project in preparation for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021. We are thrilled that Mickey and Minnie finally join the list of attractions at Walt Disney World! It’s such a FUN RIDE and one we hope to ride often as part of our regular Disney vacations. And if you’re up for even more Mickey head to the Mickey Shorts Theater!