One of the attractions we are most excited for is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. which is currently under construction in the Chinese Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Thanks to @BackDoorDisney on Twitter we can now have a look at the ride layout for the attraction.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a crazy adventure that throws you into the madness of a Mickey Mouse cartoon and brings you on a zany adventure with him and his friends. It uses a trackless ride system and is experimenting with some brand new projection technology which will create a unique experience and hopefully giving Mickey Mouse the ride he finally deserves.
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 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.” Since this is being marked as “Scene 3,” there must be two other scenes in the attraction queue before you get to the actual ride vehicles. These scenes will obviously include parts of a Mickey Mouse cartoon setting up the story.
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 and what’s coming to Epcot’s France pavilion and each car will hold 16 guests.
This is where the attraction takes off and the madness begins!
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 which 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 taken from the concept art we’ve already seen before 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.
Overall my thoughts are pretty positive about the attraction, though I have to say I’m concerned about the length of the ride. It looks very small on paper and it looks like the rumors of the ride being severely shortened in comparison to The Great Movie Ride are true.
I’m not sure what the expected ride time is but I can’t imagine it being more than 4 minutes by the look of it. Yes it will be moving at a much quicker pace, but I hope Mickey doesn’t get shortchanged after waiting so long for an attraction.
Unfortunately to experience Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway you have to wait all the way until Spring 2020 after Disney recently made the announcement that the ride has been delayed. This is due to a combination of not having enough workers available and wanting to spread out the opening of new attractions across different time periods.
In some exciting news we also recently found out that Mickey and Minnie’s Railway is also coming to the West Coast in Disneyland Park in Anaheim California. That will be the same ride and is opening in 2022.
Stay tuned right here at Ziggy Knows Disney as we continue to bring you more info about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in the near future…
I want to know what you think about the leaked plans for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway…
- How excited are you for this ride?
- What do you think about the layout?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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