(UPDATE – 11/18/18): Today at the D23 Destination D event, Disney announced that the highly anticipated Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is opening in Fall 2019 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as some interesting new details about the attraction!
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is going to use an all new “breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-word experience.” Bob Chapek said during his presentation today that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is opening “in about a year.” Doing the math since we’re now in November, that means around this time in 2019 is when it will open.
This is mildly surprising as originally Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway was supposed to open in Late Spring/Early Summer 2019, but apparently there have been delays in the construction. That means it’s going to be opening near the same time as Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge which is scheduled for “Late Fall 2019.” They could end up being only 1 month apart or even less.
They explained a little about what the pre-ride experience will be like for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Essentially guests will watch a short animated film called: Mickey Mouse in a Perfect Picnic, which will tell the story readying guests for the attraction. This is a callback to The Great Movie Ride which also had films (previews really) running before boarding the ride vehicles too. Speaking of ride vehicles, Disney Imagineering had to develop a special paint to allow them to adapt in well with the surrounding scenes, whether in black and white or color.
They also talked about the location of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway being located in the Chinese Theaters and why that is a fitting location. The reason is that when Mickey Mouse starred in Mickey Steps Out, it premiered at, you guessed it, the real Chinese Theater in Hollywood. So Mickey and the Chinese Theater have a long history together.
Classic Disney fans will be happy to know that Goofy is driving the runaway railway in the attraction, but we already figured that from the concept art.
Sound effects will also be a big part of the experience for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Disney Imagineers Charita Carter and Kevin Rafferty said they are working especially hard on making the sound effects and noises. Instead of being produced digitally, they are taking to the studio and recording real-life sounds from props, giving it a bit of a more old-school, realistic sound. And one of the sounds you’ll hear while riding might sound familiar to Mickey Mouse fans. That’s because the whistle
Chris Willis from the Mickey shorts is composing the music for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and that includes a 65-piece orchestra as part of the attraction’s score. Disney Legend Richard Sherman even helped out a bit and was able to put in his two cents for the music.
The same Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction is also rumored for Disneyland’s Toontown, but that hasn’t yet been confirmed by Disney yet. Stay tuned for more details…
Check out all the other Walt Disney World Announcements from D23 Destination D:
- Ratatouille Attraction – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Name of Attraction Coming to Epcot
- Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Names given to Galaxy’s Edge Attractions and Video Footage Revealed
- Epcot Fireworks – Two New Epcot Fireworks Shows Replacing Illuminations
- Disney Skyliner – First Look at Disney Skyliner Gondola Cars
- Hollywood Studios – New Nighttime Show Coming “Wonderful World of Animation” Coming in 2019
- Star Wars Hotel – New Concept Art Showing How Guests will Arrive to the Hotel
- New Fort Wilderness Hotel – Name Given to the Hotel: “Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge”
- Disney Riviera Resort – New Concept Art and Opening Date
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