Disney has announced new details about Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and released concept art for the ride exterior at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and Disneyland in California. This post, we’ll take a look at the new art and offer some thoughts.
We’ll start with Disneyland, which is pictured above. In California, the action takes place at the El CapiTOON Theater in Toontown, where Mickey and Minnie are premiering their newest short, “Perfect Picnic.” Before you enter the cinema, you’ll experience a special exhibit created by the Toontown Hysterical Society featuring costumes and props from the toon world.
At Walt Disney World, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is still slated to open in early 2020. Unfortunately, a more specific date was not given, but it’s presumably before Memorial Day. In the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll enter through Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
The theater will serve as the magical portal through which theatergoers will step from the human world directly into the cartoon world for one Goofy adventure aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This ‘announcement’ at the 2019 D23 Expo mostly just concerned this new concept art; other details of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway are already known, but to recap…
Per Disney, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway puts you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.
Once you step into the cartoon world of Mickey and Minnie, you’ll board a train with Goofy as the engineer. Then, one magical moment after the next leads you to a zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns. Here are a few other images released for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway:
My reaction to this is pretty much what it has been since the main details were unveiled earlier this year. I’m personally still not completely sold on the animation style of Disney Channel’s new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, but it’s hard to deny their popularity.
The version of these characters featured in Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is what an entire generation is growing up to know and love. Just because the ride doesn’t feature our preferred rendering of the character (or the Fab Five) doesn’t make it a bad choice.
Ultimately, the idea of cloning an unproven attraction is a bold one, but if Disney is confident in the concept, its execution, and hourly capacity, we have nothing against the idea. A flagship Mickey Mouse attraction is a good idea, and certainly makes sense in terms of what’s important to the Walt Disney Company.
What do you think of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway? Excited to experience this at Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Think this animation style is a good representation of the iconic Disney characters? Any questions? We love hearing from readers, so please share any other thoughts or questions you have in the comments below!