At the D23 Expo in Japan in 2018, Disney announced the addition of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. The attraction was also announced for Disneyland park in April 2019.
The ride, set to feature an original storyline and an original song, will operate in the Chinese Theater that serves as the Park’s centerpiece in Hollywood Studios. It replaces the beloved Great Movie Ride, which closed in August 2017.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will utilize what Disney is calling 2½D (as opposed to 2D or 3D) technology that brings the ride’s two-dimensional cartoons to life in a brand new way.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway was originally slated to open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in fall of 2019, but its grand opening has been moved to March 4th, 2020. The attraction is slated to open in Disneyland in 2022.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Concept Art
Initial concept art released by Disney for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway includes colorful depictions of a pastoral scene with Mickey and Minnie out for a leisurely drive. A train — presumably the railway of runaway fame — chugs by with it’s engineer: Goofy!
Later concept art has revealed the possible ride vehicles, which mimic train cars but which seat eight or more passengers per car.
This concept art shows the ride vehicle’s perspective of the animated mice, as well as some atmospheric details like beams and wood braces, stone, and lanterns.
A model of the ride’s “engine” shows some playful detailing.
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