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Is Disneyland Getting Its First Ride Based On Mickey Mouse

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Orange County Register
Author:
Marla Jo Fisher
Dateline:
October 31, 2018
Posted:
November 14, 2018
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Will Mickey Mouse finally get his own ride at Disneyland? A Disney fan blog is reporting that the park plans to build a major new ride in Toontown called Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, modeled after a similar ride already under construction in Florida.

Disney officials declined to comment , saying they have nothing publicly to announce at this time. The blog post spelled out plans for the new attraction that it says would be built between Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin and the Toontown City Hall.

People boarding the ride would "walk through" a movie screen onto a train driven by the Goofy character. The train would then split up into separate cars on a trackless system, according to Tom Corless, who wrote the report, which he said was based on insider information. It would also include a new original song. The project would be a nod to the beginnings of the Disney saga, when then-unknown Walt Disney and animator Ub Iwerks created a cartoon mouse.

His first big hit was in "Steamboat Willie," one of the first animated cartoons to ever include synchronized music and sound effects. It premiered Nov. 18, 1928, and, now, Nov. 18 is considered "Mickey's birthday." Typically, the parks have some sort of special celebration that day, and there is speculation that Disney might announce the new Anaheim ride then. People can currently visit Mickey's House and Minnie's House and have photos taken with the characters in Toontown, but there is no ride in Anaheim based on them.

In Disneyland, according to Corless, the ride would be constructed on land that's currently occupied by "The Gag Factory" gift store, and also extend into an area that is currently backstage work space, mostly comprising an older building called N19 that's used for parade and other rehearsals.

It would begin construction next year. "The people who work in N19 have already been told they will be moving out in January," Corless said. "That is the building behind Toontown, behind the flat mountain range. They are going to knock it down." He estimated construction could last two or more years.

Disneyland author and unofficial historian David Koenig said the idea of the new ride "would be tremendous."

"Mickey's Toontown has become Mickey's Eyesore," Koenig said. "Disney has done nothing but close or neuter its attractions for nearly 25 years. It's has a bounce house with no bounce, a slide with no slide, an activity boat with no activities, and a boarded-up ball pit. So adding an elaborate new attraction would not only add a new point of interest to the land, it would practically guarantee the rest of the area would be refreshed, as well."

One issue that always comes up with construction in Toontown is about Disneyland's fireworks shows, because Toontown is closed during the shows and used as a staging area. It remained unclear whether that would be an issue or not.

The Florida runaway train ride was announced in 2017 for Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. The Disney Parks blog described it in more detail in 2018, saying that it "will feature a new catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic that we're calling 2 ½-D. No glasses required." It says that visitors will see a cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie preparing for a picnic, drive alongside a train, notice the engineer is Goofy, and, then, "one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy's train for a wacky, wild ride."

Disneyland annual passholder Vanessa Dawson said she is excited to think about a ride based on Mickey Mouse, especially because rides for children have decreased with changes such as the elimination of a bug's land at Disney California Adventure.

Rumors had been circulating on fan websites that Disney might eliminate the Roger Rabbit ride but it will remain, Corless said, because Disney is trying to expand ride capacity in the park, not reduce it, with the coming addition of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land in summer 2019.

Dawson said she thinks the location of the new ride, as reported, would work well because the existing gift shop is "kind of hidden" and there's a lot of backstage area that designers have to work with.

"People get emotional when they talk about Mickey, because it reminds them of their childhoods and it's like the embodiment of America," Dawson said. "They are removing a lot of kid-focused things like a bug's land so I'm glad to see them doing something in Toontown."
 
Attractions Referenced

Mickey's House

Minnie's House

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

 
Shops Referenced

Gag Factory

 
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Star Wars Galaxys Edge

 
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