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Aerial Photos Show Mickey And Minnies Runaway Railway Dark Ride Construction

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Orange County Register
Brady Macdonald
November 15, 2019
November 22, 2019
New aerial photos of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway trackless dark ride show the initial phase of construction underway on Disney’s first theme park attraction ever dedicated to Mickey Mouse.

The Runaway Railway photos were taken Thursday, Nov. 14 by Bioreconstruct aerial photography from 3,000 feet with permission from air traffic control.

The aerial photos shot by helicopter show a bird’s eye view of ground clearing in a backstage area of the Anaheim theme park behind Mickey’s Toontown.

Disneyland removed two large backstage buildings for the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction building. The aerial photos show a rectangular 2 1/2-acre swath of dirt stretching the entire length of Toontown from Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin to Mickey’s House.

Set to debut at Disneyland in 2022, the new Runaway Railway attraction will be squeezed between the backstage area for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the massive show building for It’s a Small World and the Team Disney Anaheim administration building.

Giant earth-movers scrapers, bulldozers and other heavy machinery can be seen digging below grade on the long and narrow lot that measures approximately 150 by 675 feet. That would make the Runaway Railway show building approximately 100,000 square feet.

The Runaway Railway project required Disneyland crews to remove a portion of the faux rolling green mountain range that forms the backdrop to Toontown and shields the themed land from the backstage areas of the park.

Riders will enter the new attraction through Toontown’s current Gag Factory gift shop, which will be re-themed as a movie theater for Runaway Railway.

The action will take place inside the El Capitoon Theater where the “Perfect Picnic” cartoon short is making its world premiere. Visitors entering the cinema will experience a special exhibit created by the Toontown Hysterical Society featuring costumes and props from the cartoon world.

On the trackless dark ride, visitors will board a train headed for a picnic with Mickey, Minnie and their dog Pluto. Naturally, like any Mickey Mouse cartoon, things quickly go awry. The ride travels through a carnival, twister, waterfall, big city, factory and a stampede of bulls, with the trackless train cars splitting apart and reconnecting along the way.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in 2020 and in Toontown at Disneyland in 2022.
Attractions Referenced

It's A Small World

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Mickey's House

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Shops Referenced

Gag Factory

Lands Referenced

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

Toon Town

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