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Mickey And Minnies Runaway Railway Dark Ride Starts With A Blast

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Orange County Register
Brady Macdonald
December 04, 2019
December 11, 2019
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The opening scene in the first Disney ride dedicated to Mickey Mouse will start with a blast as riders enter the Disneyland attraction through a surprising sight gag.

A blast of smoke at the end of a cartoon film short introducing Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will reveal an explosive hole blown in the movie screen, Walt Disney Imagineering announced Wednesday, Dec. 4. Riders will walk through the scenic illusion of a cartoon explosion in the screen to reach the trackless dark ride vehicles inside the attraction.

“It’s just the very beginning of what we have in store for you,” Imagineering senior creative director Charita Carter said during a tour of the new ride. “A lot of surprises and a lot of opportunities to be delighted.”

Imagineering offered tours of the new attraction during a media preview on Wednesday. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway debuts March 4 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland in 2022.

In Florida, riders will enter the attraction through the opulent lobby of the Chinese Theater replica at the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At Disneyland, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will take place inside the new El Capitoon Theater where the “Perfect Picnic” cartoon short is making its world premiere.

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.

“Every scene is so jam-packed,” Imagineer executive creative director Kevin Rafferty said during an interview. “It’s 10 pounds of potatoes in a five pound bag. There’s so much to see, so many Easter eggs, so many nods, such great stuff that hearkens back to the Disney Studio.”

Music in the new attraction’s lobby will feature remixed symphonic scores from Mickey Mouse cartoons. Movie posters in the Florida attraction will highlight classic Mickey Mouse film shorts such as “Mumbai Madness,” “Wonders of the Deep” and “Wish Upon a Coin.” The lobby decor will be significantly different in California.

“My whole mission is to make sure guests are happy from the moment they step in the building until the moment they step out,” Rafferty said during the tour. “So everything is happy, happy, happy.”

A pre-show cartoon clip sets up Mickey and Minnie’s picnic plans and lays the foundation for the upcoming journey aboard the attraction. Goofy makes a brief appearance as a train conductor, hinting at the chaos and turmoil that awaits riders on the Runaway Railway.

A “nothing can stop us now” refrain that Mickey and Minnie sing in the pre-show theme song will repeat throughout the ride as the picnicking couple encounter one calamity after another.
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