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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Presentation at Walt Disney World

As part of the media event for the 30th Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios we were treated to a presentation on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The ride is scheduled to open next year in the Chinese Theater, where the Great Movie Ride used to be.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the first ride at any Disney Park that is based on the two mice. We learned that you will step inside a Mickey short. It will be a brand new story, and it will use “cartoon logic and cartoon physics”.

The experience will start with a Mickey short called Mickey Mouse in Perfect Picnic. Mickey and Minnie will be headed to Runamuck Park, and they board the Runamuck Railroad. With Goofy at the controls, anything can happen!

Not only will the new ride stay within the rules of animated shorts, it will also have a musical score that will take you into Mickey’s world. The music was written by Chris Willis, who has composed the music to about 100 Mickey shorts. A track with a full orchestra will accompany the ride.

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One special touch for the ride is the whistle that Goofy uses while on the train. It is one of three whistles that was used in Steamboat Willie. We got to hear it, and it still sounds great!

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is going to be a ride that is fun for the whole family. The new marquis will be neon and animated. Once the ride opens you will be able to see it soon after you enter the park.

At the presentation we were treated to one other bit of important information that has nothing to do with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. A full service restaurant is coming to Toy Story Land! No further details were given. We will keep you posted.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.