Since the Great Movie Ride closed down in 2017, Disney fans have been eagerly awaiting the opening of its replacement: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This is the very first ride-through attraction for Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and it’s being billed as the next big attraction coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
In this post, we are going to share the latest news and updates on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway including the opening date, the ride vehicle, ride system, FastPass information and even a sneak peek look inside the new attraction.
We’ll also let you know if it’s worth coming to Disney World to ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in 2020, what kind of crowds you can expect and the best touring strategy for this ride.
*We’ll have much more information about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway once it’s open. For now, this is everything we know about the attraction.
The marquee was just installed outside the Chinese Theater for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway so make sure to scroll down to the news to see that!
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Overview
- Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney World) and Disneyland Park
- Status: Opening March 4, 2020 (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – TBD in Disneyland
- Ride Type: Dark Ride, Trackless
- Thrill Level: Medium
- FastPass: Yes
- Ride Length: 4-5 Minutes
- Height Requirement: No Restrictions
- Capacity: TBD
(News 2/6/20) Cast Member Previews Starting for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Soon
We are getting close to the opening of the brand new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and Disney has just announced that Cast Member previews for the new ride will be starting soon.
Starting February 22, all cast members will get a chance to preview the new attraction. Disney will also hold a media event for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in front of the Chinese Theater on March 3, 2020, the day before the public opening.
Even if you aren’t a Cast Member this should be encouraging news because in order to hold huge previews like this it means that the ride is functioning properly and is reliable, unlike the other new mega-attraction some few hundred yards away.
FastPass+ Available for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Opening
Disney has also recently announced that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will use FastPass+ from opening day March 4, 2020, and after. Guests visiting Hollywood Studios during this period can already start making their FastPass+ reservations online or using the My Disney Experience app.
They also announced that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be a Tier 1 FastPass+ attraction in Hollywood Studios along with Slinky Dog Dash and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
The fact that it is a Tier 1 attraction comes as no surprise and is what we’ve been expecting. That will split up crowds nicely between these three attractions and should leave more guests getting at least one of the Tier 1s.
It does come somewhat unexpected that Disney is using FastPass+ for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway on opening day. We were expecting them to wait at least a few weeks until some of the hype around the new ride dies down, but it’s a good sign for guests that Disney feels confident about the operation of the new ride.
If you can’t get a FastPass+ for it, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will also have a standby queue. Start lining up now…
We’ll be updating this article shortly for what this means from a Hollywood Studios touring point of view so come back soon for that.
(2/4/20) Marquee Sign Installed on Chinese Theater
We are just around 1 month before the opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and we’re happy to say that the Marquee sign for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway has been installed on the front entrance of the Chinese Theater.
I think this new sign looks amazing, and the style fits perfectly with the design of the Chinese Theater!
It looks almost identical to the concept art of the marquee that was released some time ago. Here is some concept art of the front of the Chinese Theater with the Mickey and Minnie’s marquee on it:
And here’s a close up of more concept art of the same marquee:
Here are some actual photos of the new sign at night now all lit up:
I know the new sign has been very controversial in the Disney community this week, but personally, I think it looks amazing! What about you?
That wasn’t all the news for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Recently, Cast Members already started training on how to operate the ride in preparation for guests.
Disney released a new video with a sneak peek of the new ride and showing what the Cast Members do for their training and how they feel about launching this new ride!
What is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway?
If you haven’t heard of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway yet, it’s a new attraction which lets you step right through the big screen, and into the wacky world of Mickey, Minnie, and all their friends like never before. This newest attraction in Hollywood Studios is based on the Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts where you’re the star.
That’s right, we are actually getting the first Mickey Mouse-based attraction in the world!
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-world experience.” They are calling this 2 1/2 D (more on this later).
The Chinese Theatre will serve as the magic portal through which you’ll step from the human world directly into the unforgettable cartoon world.
As Disney describes: “join Mickey, Minnie, and friends like never before – bursting into a world where mouse rules apply.“ That sounds like this Mickey ride is going to put you in the middle of a wild and zany adventure where anything can happen!
Also, don’t think this is just some cute kids’ ride, Disney is pulling out all the stops for this Mickey Mouse attraction. Walt Disney Imagineer Keven Rafferty describes it this way:
“This is one of the boldest…most impossible things I’ve ever worked on in almost 40 years of being an Imagineer. And you know what? That’s what I love about it. This is not going to be a small attraction, it’s going to be game-changing.”
Sounds good to us!
What Parks is it Coming to?
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway is coming to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, and in Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
The Hollywood Studios version of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is located in the old Chinese Theater, former home of The Great Movie Ride and park icon. This is located right at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.
The Disneyland version is going to be located in the Mickey’s Toontown area of the park. It’s getting a brand new theater to house the attraction called the “El Capitoon Theater.”
When is the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Opening in Hollywood Studios?
Now we finally know just how long we have to wait as Disney has announced the opening date for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway as March 4, 2020!
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek announced the good news in a special presentation at the Walt Disney World Resort some months ago. Disney had previously confirmed the new attraction would be opening in Spring 2020, but March 4 is even earlier than we were anticipating!
The construction for Mickey’s Runaway Railway has taken a little longer than originally planned, as a Fall 2019 opening date was originally announced. That date had since been moved back to Spring 2020, and now technically earlier than that as March 4 is still in the Winter season.
The attraction has been delayed a bit due to its complicated layout and its trackless ride system. It’s not a coincidence that the star attraction for Galaxy’s Edge, “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” is also a trackless ride and has suffered delays also.
Speaking of which, the opening of this new Mickey Mouse ride comes just in time as Disney’s Hollywood Studios needs some other attractions to take the pressure off guests coming for Rise of the Resistance. At least once it’s open, it will be a nice consolation prize for anyone not getting a boarding pass for RotR.
Will there be Soft Openings for this Attraction?
Right now Disney hasn’t shared any plans for a soft opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, nor any Annual Passholder preview events.
From time to time Disney likes to do this when they can, but for the last few new attractions that have opened in Walt Disney World, they have been under pressure to get the ride open in time that they haven’t had time to let the Annual Passholders try it out first.
At this point, we are only weeks away from it opening in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and if there were going to be ride previews, we’d start to hear about it soon. We’ll keep you posted.
When is the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Opening in Disneyland?
We’ve known about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Hollywood Studios since 2017, but last year Disney also confirmed that this new Mickey attraction is also opening in Disneyland Park, in Mickey’s Toontown.
The opening date for the Disneyland version of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is yet to be determined, but we do know it will be sometime in 2022. That sounds like a long time away, but in the theme park industry things move at super-fast speeds and for all you Disneyland goers, it will be here before you know it.
Disney was pretty bold already calling for the building of a second Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride before guests have even been on the original. They must be extremely confident that this ride is going to be a hit, which is a positive sign for us!
Is the Disneyland Version of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway a Clone?
For the most part, yes. The version of this Mickey Mouse ride in Disneyland is going to be an exact clone of the one in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The only difference between then two that we know of at this time are the buildings they are housed in.
The Disneyland version of the ride is getting a brand new building called the “El Capitoon Theater,” and it isn’t replacing any old rides. The construction of the Disneyland version will mostly take place behind the scenes, so don’t expect to be able to see the progress.
What Did Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad Replace?
If you are a long-time Disney World goer, then you know that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway may be going into the Chinese Theater, but it’s not the first attraction to call that building home.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is replacing The Great Movie Ride, which was the only original opening day attraction left in Hollywood Studios. The Great Movie Ride was a dark ride that took guests on a timeless journey through the silver screen and into the movies.
Some of the movies that were featured in The Great Movie Ride were:
- Indiana Jones
- The Wizard of Oz
- Mary Poppins, and more…
The entire show building has been emptied out and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is starting fresh. It’s using an entirely new ride system and entirely different show scenes.
The Great Movie Ride was one of our favorite Disney attractions of all-time, and while we’re obviously sad to see it go, at least a ride based on Mickey Mouse is replacing it. If anyone can fill those shoes, it’s The Big Cheese himself.
Why Did They Get Rid of The Great Movie Ride?
There were many reasons why The Great Movie Ride closed and is being replaced by a Mickey ride. First of all, Disney didn’t own the rights to most of the movies featured in that attraction. They had to lease the rights to them, and when it closed, their contract was basically up. So Disney had to decide if it was worth it, and what they wanted the future of Hollywood Studios to look like.
A big part of that decision was that the ride was built around classic movies. Many of the films were from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, and quite frankly, today’s younger generation hadn’t even heard of the majority of those films.
While The Great Movie Ride was a great opportunity to introduce those films to younger guests, the reality is that Disney wasn’t going to keep a ride in their park featuring properties that they don’t own.
How Much of the Hollywood Influence Remains?
Even though The Great Movie ride is now gone from the Chinese Theater, that doesn’t mean that it’s lost its identity and its Hollywood Roots. In fact, there is still quite a lot of the Hollywood influence remaining as it transitions into Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
On the outside, the Chinese Theater looks very similar, with only minor changes.
On the interior, Disney is keeping around some of the old theming elements from the queue of The Great Movie Ride and using them in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway! Much of the original decor from the Chinese Theater is still there and has been retouched for the new ride. Many of the doors, rugs, light fixtures and styling remains. Even its famous columns and tapestries that hung above the queue are still there!
Even though it retains its Hollywood glamour, the Chinese Theater has been given a “Mickey touch.” When you enter the theater there are Mickey posters hanging on the walls made specifically for this attraction. These posters are in the style of the new Mickey Mouse short films.
There is another reason why the Chinese Theater is the perfect location for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. When Mickey Mouse starred in Mickey Steps Out all the way back in 1093, guess where it premiered at. That’s right… the real Chinese Theater in Hollywood. So Mickey and the Chinese Theater have a long history together and it’s going to continue that way.
This is the First Mickey Mouse Ride
What makes Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway so special is that it’s the very first ride-through attraction for Mickey Mouse. Yes, technically Mickey has been involved in other attractions in the Disney Parks throughout the years like “Mickey’s PhilharMagic,” but Mickey has never had his own ride, until now!
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway pays homage to the Mickey of old and the Mickey of today. Its unique connection to Disney history even includes the very first Mickey Mouse cartoon: “Steamboat Willie.”
In fact, the train in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway uses the same tri-tone whistle as the original Steamboat Willie cartoon does!
We for one are happy about there finally being a Mickey ride in the theme parks, and even though it was sad to see The Great Movie Ride go, if there is one character that deserves their own ride in Disney World, it’s Mickey!
- Are you a big fan of hidden Mickeys? Make sure to keep an eye out for them on the ride as there are more hidden Mickeys in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway than any other Disney attraction, in any Disney park worldwide.
Original Theme Song and Music
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.
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.
Topping it all off, the attraction even has its own theme song which I hear is very catchy, and the team of developers is working alongside the creators of the Mickey Shorts Cartoons to make everything feel as authentic as possible.
What Kind of Ride System Does it Have?
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a class Disney dark ride, taken to a whole other level due to its ride system and 2 1/2 D technology.
One of the things that makes this attraction special is the trackless ride vehicles guests will ride in. These are the second trackless ride vehicles in Walt Disney World and should set up a whole bunch of zany fun as you go through the different attraction scenes.
If you aren’t familiar with how the system works, the ride itself doesn’t have any tracks that it rides on. Instead, there are high-powered magnets under the floor which propel the cars above forward, sideways or in any direction basically. This adds to the spontaneity of the ride and makes it more unpredictable than a normal dark ride.
If you’ve been on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance you will be familiar with it as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway uses the same ride system as the main ride vehicle on that one (without the lifts and drops).
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in Epcot also uses almost the same ride system.
Is the New Mickey Ride 3D?
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is using a new technology Disney Imagineering is calling “2 1/2 D.”
Don’t worry, there are no 3D glasses required, but Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is using new technologies to turn, what is normally a flat cartoon world, into one that is being called a “dimensional display of amazingness.”
How does it work? Disney Imagineers have spent years making this new projection mapping technology, and when put into action, it will make normal 2-D surfaces come to life
Again the clip we saw at the D23 Expo in 2017 was really incredible and it showed the characters entering the room and when they did they whole room changed form, almost the entire dimension, and perspective changes. Like 3D, but not. It allows you to go from one type of environment to another in the blink of an eye.
It’s something you really have to see to understand, but we promise one you will find fascinating!
Is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway a Roller Coaster?
This is the biggest question we receive as apparently everyone was hoping for a Mickey Mouse roller coaster. If that is you, I have some bad news for you, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is not a roller coaster, but a trackless dark ride.
Ride Vehicle for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
As we explained above, the ride vehicle for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is trackless, but that’s only half the fun. As you might imagine, the ride vehicles are in the shape of an actual train, with the locomotive upfront and the guest cars behind.
Goofy is the driver of this out-of-control train, so you can imagine all the twists and turns you’ll be taking!
Each ride vehicle holds 32 people, 4 sections of 8 people each. In each section, there are 2 rows of 4 people. There are some reports that the ride vehicles fit 16 people each, but from what we’ve seen, 32 looks to be the number.
Here’s a look at the ride vehicle which was on display at the D23 Expo:
It’s also is rumored that the 4 sections of the train will separate from each other during the attraction, and then be reunited at various points. We think that sounds like an amazing idea and hope that is still the case.
Speaking of ride vehicles, Disney Imagineering had to develop special paint to allow them to adapt in well with the surrounding scenes, whether in black and white or color.
At this time we don’t have an official ride length for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, as it currently is not open.
From the latest rumors, the attraction is supposed to be as long as a typical Mickey short, usually about 7 minutes. That is not including the pre-show and queue area, but from the time you step inside the vehicle.
One thing is sure, it’s nowhere near as long as The Great Movie Ride was. That attraction was just about 19 minutes long from the time you got inside the vehicle. The new Mickey Mouse ride, however, is not using the entire building and is a much smaller attraction.
I think it’s safe to say at this point you are looking at at least a 5-minute attraction, but we’ll know for sure when it opens.
Some of the more recent attractions in Walt Disney World have also come with height restrictions. Thankfully, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway has no minimum height requirements, meaning all guests, young and old can ride without problems.
Is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Scary?
If you don’t like scary rides, have no fear. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is not scary and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Disney wouldn’t make an attraction about its biggest star, and then make it inaccessible to all, they want everyone to be able to ride it.
Rides like Everest, The Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster are much scarier than Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is.
Is the New Mickey Ride Kid-Friendly?
With all the new technology this Mickey Mouse ride is introducing, plus the zany, fun nature of the Mickey shorts, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is sure to be a hit with kids.
It’s also not overly scary and doesn’t have anything that they wouldn’t find enjoyable. Yes, this ride is fun for the whole family.
Will This Ride Make Me Sick?
While I wouldn’t call this ride overly thrilling at all, it could make you sick if you suffer from motion sickness. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway utilizes a trackless ride vehicle that turns and spins in unexpected ways.
It’s not your classic dark ride where you can see the track and know where you are going. It’s very similar to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure coming to Epcot, and if you’ve been on the Paris version then you will know if it affects you.
Overall I wouldn’t be too worried as it’s pretty tame compared to some attractions like The Tower of Terror and it doesn’t spin you like the Mad Tea Party does.
Does Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Have a Drop?
There are no drops on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, so if you have a fear of heights or don’t like the feeling of falling, you need not worry. You can ride this attraction in peace.
Does Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Have FastPass?
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride does have FastPass+ and it will be available from the first day of operation starting March 4, 2020.
It is listed right now as a Hollywood Studios Tier 1 FastPass+ attraction along with Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Slinky Dog Dash.
Even before Disney confirmed this, we knew the attraction was equipped for FastPass as there is a separate FastPass queue. You can find the FastPass queue outside on the left side of the building, while the Standby queue will form on the right side.
We didn’t, however, think that Disney was going to be using the FastPass+ queue for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway immediately. We thought they would have waited a while to make the change as they have done with other recent attractions.
FastPass+ reservations are now available in My Disney Experience and this should be the highest priority on your FastPass+ attractions list in Hollywood Studios when you are planning your trip. We don’t see how you could prioritize either Slinky Dog Dash or Smugglers Run over this and we think the biggest crowds are going to be here so get this FastPass+ if possible.
If you aren’t able to get a FastPass+ reservation, keep trying. Disney often releases more batches of FastPasses so be persistent! If you still can’t get one, there is the standby queue and you can wait in line. It will no doubt be very long since it’s new, but at least you can get on.
Read our Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Guide for more info and strategies on this and all the other attractions in the park.
Does Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Have Boarding Groups and the Virtual Queue?
So if the new Mickey Mouse ride is not going to have FastPass when it first opens, is it going to use the Virtual Queue and Boarding Pass system that Rise of the Resistance is currently using?
My guess is that Disney will not use the Boarding Group system on both Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the same time. Letting guests get in line here will eat up some of their time while waiting for a return to Rise of the Resistance and will help Hollywood Studios with its current capacity problem.
We can’t imagine Disney would want them in two separate boarding group queues for two different attractions at the same time.
While the two attractions do both use the same basic ride system, Rise of the Resistance is a much more complicated attraction, and we don’t expect the same technical issues and long delays here. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is also not going to be as popular, and there won’t be as much of a need to use boarding groups.
Does Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Have a Single Rider Line?
Most new Disney attractions are equipped with a Single Rider Line option, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is no exception.
At this time, however, we don’t know if Disney will make the Single Rider option available with the attraction immediately at the opening. Rise of the Resistance for example in Galaxy’s Edge did not open with a Single Rider option because of the high demand for the ride.
We are guessing that Single Rider will not be available right upon opening for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway either, but we don’t have any insider info on that at this time. We’ll have to wait and see what happens on March 4th when the new ride opens.
One thing to keep in mind anyway when they do start using the Single Rider Line is that guests riding with this option get sent through the FastPass line. That means probably some of the queue is going to get skipped and you won’t get the whole experience. We suggest when it does open that you go through the line the first time normally, and then use the single rider option for times after that.
Does it Have Rider Switch?
Pretty much all Disney World attractions have the Rider Switch option, and we expect Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway to be the same.
If you aren’t familiar with what it is, it basically allows riders to take turns riding an attraction (most likely for one to stay back with a small child), and not have to wait in line two full times.
Guests wanting to use Rider Switch will have to send one person through the ride queue for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, who then can bring back a voucher for the second rider. Single Riders will most likely enter through the FastPass+ queue, which shouldn’t be very long.
Just because you use a scooter, wheelchair or any other accessibility device doesn’t mean you can’t experience this ride. In fact, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is well-equipped for riders with various accessibility needs.
We don’t know yet if guests using accessibility devices will be sent through a different queue or if the standard queue accommodates them, but they can ride the attraction.
- One thing to keep in mind is that they will have to transfer out of their accessibility device to ride the ride.
Just speak with the nearest Cast Member as soon as you get in line and they will accommodate you.
Does Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Accommodate Disability Access Service (DAS) Card?
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway also accommodates guests using the Disability Access Service Card (DAS), though until it actually opens to guests we won’t know how they are handling it.
Usually, the way it works is you show up and present the card to one of the Cast Members stationed at the attraction you want to ride and they give you a time that you and your family can come back to experience the ride without having to wait in the standard line.
We don’t have any concrete info about how Disney is going to handle this on opening day/s, but we’ll report back as soon as it opens to let you know.
What Characters are in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway?
If you like the classic Disney characters, you’re in luck, this ride is full of them! Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway features these confirmed characters:
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
It’s also possible that we could see Donald Duck on the ride as he was featured in some early concept art. Let’s hope he makes it into the final cut. Who knows who else will make an appearance…
Cast Member Costumes
Recently we had a sneak peek at the Cast Member costumes for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
They are a vibrant take on a classic train conductor’s uniform. Super cute!
Ride Layout and Walkthrough
Now, we’re going to share the ride layout with you to the best of our knowledge to this point. If you don’t like spoilers and want to experience the ride without knowing anything, then now is the time to skip ahead.
Disney hasn’t yet explained all the scenes that are going to be in Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, but thanks to @BackDoorDisney on Twitter we can now have a look at the ride layout for the attraction.
With these plans, we can see where guests load in and out of the ride, all the show scene areas, and the exact path this attraction will take.
The attraction queue starts outside the Chinese Theater and continues to the building’s interior. As we explained before, much of the classic theming that was here before is remaining, only with a Mickey Mouse flare.
There also is an area of the queue that will feature interactive elements and props from Mickey Mouse cartoons. Here is some concept art of that:
Which Mickey Mouse cartoons do you notice represented in the art?
I’m sure there will be all sorts of new and interesting finds and this will be a great place to search for hidden Mickeys, so keep your eyes open!
The preshow is where our story starts. You are guests at a new Mickey Shorts premiere at the Chinese Theater, and the first two scenes actually happen before you get on the ride. There will probably be a pre-show in the old theater room of the Chinese theater where the trailers for the old movies from The Great Movie Ride were always running.
These scenes will obviously include parts of a Mickey Mouse cartoon setting up the story. Guests will go through these first two scenes before moving into the loading area where they will board the ride vehicles.
Now let’s get into the fun part, the ride!
The first thing you notice is that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is divided into 3 different sections: Area A, B and C:
The ride first starts in the loading area to the right of the plans called: “Scene 3 Load,” which we now know to be Runnamuck Park.
This is where your adventure begins as Mickey and Minnie are getting ready to go on the perfect picnic together.
As we know from the ride concept art, guests will be getting onboard Goofy’s train with Mickey and Minnie following closely behind. Again each vehicle is trackless which allows for lots of unsuspected twists and turns a lot like the Ratatouille ride currently in Disneyland Paris or Rise of the Resistance.
You will board the ride vehicle with Mickey and Minnie in Runnamuck Park, right before things start to get wild!
The artwork is beautiful and reminiscent of what you see in the new Mickey shorts cartoons:
Here’s what it looks like when guests are in the ride vehicle and leaving Runnamuck Park:
Guests head off into a “tunnel” as indicated on the map. We can only imagine what kind of trouble Goofy will get us into in there. I’m foreseeing going the wrong way and a collision of sorts in the realm of possibility.
Next you exit the tunnel and reach the “Stampede scene” which is then followed by the “Carnival Chaos.” Both of these scenes sound intriguing and should make good use of the new projection technology to make them come to life. This is also where you could potentially see the vehicles split apart.
Scene 6B is called “Twister.” I can see the trackless technology put to use here with the cars spinning around and around as they get sucked up into a tornado or similar.
Then comes my favorite scene from the plans: “Tropical Torrent” which is followed by “Over the Falls.” The interesting part about this scene is in the layout which has 4 small chambers inside the bigger room. We’ve talked about the fact that the ride vehicles are going to be able to spilt apart before, and that seems to get put to use here if they aren’t already split before this.
You have 4 separate chambers that will be used to simulate guests being sent over the waterfalls ahead. This sounds like a ton of fun if executed correctly!
The next few scenes are a transition from the countryside to the city with “Culvert,” “Big City Snarl” and “Dance Studio Detour” all stops along the way. I’m not sure exactly what will be in these scenes but the dance studio sounds interesting and should be a fun change of pace.
This leads to “Turnback Alley” which by name alone sounds pretty dangerous and should lead to the climax of the ride in “Factory Frenzy.”
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ends with “Picnic in the Park” which is also seen in the concept art of Mickey and Minnie there riding safely off after their adventure.
Guests will then unload from the ride vehicles in the next room before they exit the building.
We’ll have a more thorough ride-through once Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens.
Now that you have an idea about what the attraction is like, what is the best touring strategy for riding Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway? Since it isn’t open yet, it’s hard to predict what the crowd levels are going to be like and how long it’s going to take to get through the queue.
One thing is for sure, with the madness surrounding Hollywood Studios right now, it’s going to take a good touring plan to get you through all the new ride successfully.
We think that this new Mickey Mouse ride is going to be very popular for a long-time. Mickey has never had a ride-through attraction before, and since he’s Disney’s biggest star, you can be sure that if Disney delivers the goods the way they have with most of the most recent rides, this one will have lines circling the Chinese Theater for days!
Check out our Touring Plans and Itineraries for Hollywood Studios which will help you plan out every aspect of your entire day visiting the park.
Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your visit to Hollywood Studios to ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Crowds and Expected Wait Times
As with any new Disney attraction, expect the crowds to be extra long when Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway finally opens, with the crowds on opening day sure to be the worst. Since it is using FastPass+ right from the start, you can expect lines to get as long as 5-6 hours on opening day.
This is about the norm for recent Disney attractions with Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run all experiencing similar wait times in the 5+ hour range on opening day. Just look at Flight of Passage. Even today after almost 3 years, it’s just as popular now as it was.
We don’t expect it to hit Flight of Passage or Rise of the Resistance-type popularity, but unless they really screw this ride up, you’re gonna have to wait to ride.
Another big factor is going to be how smoothly the ride runs from Day-1. Part of the reason Rise of the Resistance sells out boarding passes in the first minutes of park opening is because it just can’t handle very many guests per hour because it’s always breaking down.
While they have similar ride systems, we don’t expect it to be as much of a problem for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. We haven’t heard anything negative that the Imagineers are having a hard time keeping it running continuously, so it should be running at full capacity almost from Day-1.
Once the opening week fanfare is over, we are predicting it will have solid 1+ hour waits on most days if not more. It’s going to benefit from the Galaxy’s Edge crowds, so expect long wait times for a while.
It’s one of 3 attractions put into the Tier 1 category, but we anticipate it having longer lines than Slinky Dog Dash or Smugglers Run for quite some time. From a touring perspective, all this means Mickey and Minnie’s needs to be your number 1 priority when it comes to FastPass+ selections in Hollywood Studios at this time.
If you can snag a FastPass for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, we suggest consulting our guide to Hollywood Studios Rope Dropping to see how to successfully ride both Slinky Dog Dash and Smugglers Run. (That guide is currently being updated with this brand new info, so stay tuned)
Of course, at this point, we are still waiting for it to open March 4 when we will see what the exact wait times are. We’ll keep you updated on this as soon as it opens.
What Time Should I Get to Hollywood Studios?
As hard as it is predicting wait times, it’s just as hard predicting what time you have to get to Hollywood Studios in order to ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
First of all it’s not going to use the Boarding Pass system. That means you’ll be able to jump in line for it no matter what time you get to the park.
Now that said you are definitely going to wait longer if you show up much after Hollywood Studios opening time. Right now there are literally thousands of guests who arrive at the park BEFORE it even officially opens for Rise of the Resistance. Unfortunately, all the guests who aren’t part of the first boarding group are going to make a dash for Mickey and Minnie’s seeing as it’s the “new kid on the block.”
If you are going to Hollywood Studios, you also are probably interested in riding Rise of the Resistance. In that case, you definitely need to get there before the park opens to have a chance, and even that isn’t 100%.
Another big factor are the Hollywood Studios park hours. Right now they are a mess and literally getting changed almost every day. Right now for opening day of the new ride the Hollywood Studios opening time is listed at 9:00 am. There is no way Disney is going to keep that time, and it will open much earlier.
For almost the entire month of January, Hollywood Studios opened at 7:00 am. Right now for most of February they have 8:00 am listed as the opening time, and it looks like that is going to stay the same for the time being.
However, you are going on opening day, we expect Hollywood Studios to open at 6:00 am that day. That means you should be at the park at least 60 minutes before that.
After opening day we wouldn’t be surprised if there are a lot of 7:00 am openings, in which you can probably get away with 30 minutes before park opening. Again keep an eye on the ever-changing schedule to know for sure when the park is open.
Rope Dropping Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
So you want to rope-drop Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway? That’s what you and 3,000 other fans are thinking. Even so, it’s likely to be your best chance to ride it.
Before we talk more about this ride specifically, make sure to read our Hollywood Studios Rope Drop guide for more strategies for each ride in the park and what it means now with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opening (that article is currently being updated)
Not only is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway a new attraction, but huge crowds for Rise of the Resistance have made Hollywood Studios extremely crowded, which should push up wait times here as a result. That’s why we feel it will be crucial to rope-drop Mickey and Minnie’s.
That’s going to be really hard to do however since thousands of other guests will have the same idea. There is no need to run over to Rise of the Resistance because your boarding pass is reserved through the app. This means guests can race over to the Chinese Theater to get in line for this and at the same time reserve their boarding pass for RotR.
What would make this really interesting is if Disney decided to stop using the boarding groups the same day they open Mickey and Minnie’s. That would force guests to make a choice of which attraction they wanted to rope-drop.
Either way, you’re going to need to be in the park early. Unlike Rise of the Resistance though, if you want to rope-drop the new Mickey Mouse ride, your place inside the park will matter since it’s using a standby queue. So the further up Hollywood Studios, the better.
We’re going to say to show up 1-2 hours before the park opens to rope drop this ride, especially at the beginning. Stay tuned for more updates as we get to try it out for ourselves.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is not currently open so we haven’t had a chance to review this attraction yet. Once it opens we will have a full review ready for you!
Should I Visit Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in 2020?
With all this talk about crowds in Hollywood Studios, you might get the idea that it’s better just to skip it in 2020 and go when the crowds slow down. While the crowds are big right now, it’s only going to get worse next year in 2021.
Disney is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, and they are expecting record numbers of guests to show up practically all-year long. Not only that, 2 new attractions (TRON Lightcycle Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind) are also opening up that year. While these might take some guests away from Hollywood Studios, we think the overall resort attendance will balance this off and it will still be crazy-packed.
Another reason why we think you should visit Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in 2020 is that it’s always best to experience an attraction right when it opens up. This is when everything is in pristine condition, all of the special effects are working, etc. As the years go by, some things stop working and you might never get a chance to experience like that again (hello broken Yeti).
All that being said, you’ll have to schedule your trip to Walt Disney World when it’s best for you and your family, but we think that if riding Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is important to you, there is no better time than 2020!
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is definitely one of the coolest new rides coming to Disney World and we can’t wait to see it in person!
Stay tuned right here at Ziggy Knows Disney for more info about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway after it opens up, as we’ll update our riding strategies.
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