Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway takes lots of wacky twists and turns — after all, when you’re chuggin’ along in a cartoon train with Engineer Goofy at the helm, you can expect things to get a little kooky!
But what fascinated us the most about the new ride (which just opened at Hollywood Studios last week) is how much attention went into every detail!
While Disney told us to expect a subplot and secret Easter eggs hidden throughout the ride, we didn’t fully realize what we’d be entering into!
You see, there are so many hidden Mickeys, and subtle references sprinkled throughout the new attraction. We think you’d have to have super-human powers to spot them all on your first try!
Before we get too carried away with all the special touches and extra goodies the Imagineers cooked up for Mickey and Minnie’s very first Disney park ride, we’re blowing our little wooden train whistles to let you know there are spoilers ahead — so reverse course if you want to be surprised!
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway A and B Plots
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway’s lead story follows Mickey and Minnie on their way to a picnic, but this can’t be just any ordinary picnic, right? Especially with the name “Perfect Picnic”! After all, Mickey and Minnie live in the zany world of cartoons where nothing ever really seems to go according to plan!
Things start to go awry fairly quickly. As the pair of lovebirds go over a set of bumpy railroad tracks in their sporty red roadster, Pluto and a pie go airborne. This pie lands in the smokestack of Goofy’s train (of course) and hilarious chaos ensues, resulting in the screen in front of you exploding. Through this hole, you enter the cartoon world — and that’s when things start to get really interesting!
Naturally, you’ll narrowly miss disaster after disaster as you stampede through the Wild West, visit a carnival, avoid a swirling twister, escape from an erupting volcano, and plummet over a waterfall. You can read about our first entire ride-though experience here!
But what about that special Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway subplot we were told about? Remember how we told you Pluto and the picnic basket got ejected at the beginning? Well if you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see Pluto trying to catch up to your train, and he’s carrying the picnic basket! After all, he’s Mickey’s best pal and he knows it can’t be the “Perfect Picnic” without the yummy food!
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Hidden Easter Eggs
Similar to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s Rise of the Resistance, depending on where you’re seated, your ride experience may vary. We also think some of the Easter eggs will be easier to spot than others depending on where you sitting, so try mixing it up each time you board Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway!
The Dapper Dans
In the very first scene, a quadruplet tandem bike drives by on your right side with four passengers! If you pay special attention to what they’re wearing, you’ll notice their outfits look just like the ones the Dapper Dans normally sport! If you haven’t caught this famous Disney World barbershop quartet before, try taking in one of their performances next time your at Magic Kingdom!
Watch out for a directional sign in the first and last scenes which each have one arrow pointing to YENSID valley — this is a special reference to the sorcerer’s name in Fantasia from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, which is also Disney spelled backward!
Numbers and Their Hidden Meaning
You’ll see a lot of numerical digits throughout Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and many hold some sort of significance. The “1928” that appears overhead as you leave the first scene refers to the year Mickey Mouse was born. You’ll also see “1901” in the sewers — a reference to Walt Disney’s birth year, and the address to the Flower Shop in the busy city street scene is 1401, which is the street number of Walt Disney Imagineering’s headquarters in Glendale, California!
There’s a newspaper near Jackhammer Pete in the city scene with a headline that reads, “Oswald Wins!” This is a nod to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a cartoon character created by Walt Disney that predates Mickey Mouse!
As you go through the water treatment plant, there is a fountain that says “Iwerks Waterworks” — named for Disney Legend Ub Iwerks, who was the animator credited with sketching Mickey Mouse for the first time!
The Great Moving Ride
In the carnival scene, there’s a poster advertising an attraction called “The Great Moving Ride” — an homage to the building’s former inhabitant, The Great Movie Ride!
Also in the carnival scene, you may spot a sign for a fortune teller that reads, “Miss Fortunes”. This is an additional reference to a another Disney World attraction. Once called “Miss Fortune Falls” the Miss Adventure Falls waterslide is still at Typhoon Lagoon, should you be brave enough to try it out!
“Steamboat Willie” Whistle
Disney had already shared with us the new attraction would feature several sound effects created the old-fashioned way, so we kept our ears open for every noise. Some of the new effects were developed using Disney Legend, Jimmy Macdonald’s, original equipment from the 1930s. In fact, the exact same tri-tone whistle originally used in Mickey Mouse’s debut cartoon in 1928, “Steamboat Willie,” was used to record the locomotive whistle sound for Goofy’s Runamuck Railway!
FastPasses are now available for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway! Just remember, since this is a top tier attraction, you’ll have to decide between riding this new attraction, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, or Slinky Dog Dash — Hollywood Studios’ other Tier One FastPasses!
Have you ridden Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and spotted any Easter eggs we didn’t mention yet? Let us know what they are and where you spotted them in the comments below!