Facts and Tips About Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Walt Disney World

Runaway railway
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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the first ride based on the famous mouse couple at any Disney Park on the planet. It opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020. Disneyland is getting its own version, but the opening date has not been announced. The target year is 2022. Here are some tips and facts about this incredible ride. If you haven’t ridden yet, you are going to love it!


1. Vacation Fun

This tip isn’t about Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway as a ride, it is more to enhance your experience. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway gives you a chance to step into the cartoon world. Vacation Fun is a hilarious cartoon short. It plays continuously in the Mickey Shorts Theater, which you will pass on your way to Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! or Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. It is a great choice to watch right after riding Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Even better, if you have FastPass+ for the new ride, watch Vacation Fun right before. There are some fun picture opportunities before you exit the building, so give yourself some extra time.


2. FastPass+

When Toy Story Land opened in 2019, the FastPass+ tiers for Disney’s Hollywood Studios changed. They have been tweaked a couple of times since that. In anticipation of the popularity of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Tier One was changed again. It now consists of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Slinky Dog Dash, and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. If you can grab FastPass+ for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, it’s recommended.

3. Queue

The queue for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is part of the fun. If you were a fan of The Great Movie Ride, there is a familiar feel. The line is filled with posters from Mickey short films. If you already watched Vacation Fun you might recognize some of the places in the posters. Keep your eyes open, because the posters in each frame will change. They will help you to get excited about entering the cartoon world.



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4. Hidden Mickeys

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway has more Hidden Mickeys than any other spot at Walt Disney World. They start well before you get onto the ride. There is no definitive list of Hidden Mickeys to be found, there are just too many of them. If you’re a fan of Hidden Mickeys, you’re going to have to make the sacrifice and ride it over and over again.

5. Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor voiced Minnie Mouse for over 30 years. She passed away in 2019, but she is still part of the attraction. She is the voice of Minnie Mouse for it, as well as Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Taylor became a Disney Legend in 2008, and this was the last time she provided Minnie’s voice. A side note; Russi Taylor was married to Wayne Allwine, who at the time was the voice of Mickey. He died in 2009.

6. Preshow

Do not talk during the preshow, because it is part of the fun! This is where you will first hear the song “Nothing Can Stop Us Now”. The song was written for the ride, and it is catchy! The preshow ends with a bang, literally, so pay attention. Also, listen to the Cast Member at the end of the preshow. He is she is part of the experience, but too often guests start to talk and the spiel can’t be heard.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad (Photo: Disney)

7. 2½D

Disney refers to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway as “2½D”. You do not need special glasses to fully enjoy the attraction. You will, however, be surrounded by the ride. There is a mix of animation and some audio-animatronics. The ride is everywhere. As you pass through the various cartoon scenes there are things going on in front of you, behind you, on either side, above your head, and even on the floor. You don’t need 3D glasses to feel like you’re in the middle of the action, because you are.

8. The Train

There is something unique about the train that is your ride vehicle. It comes apart! Just because you start off in the second car does not mean that you will still be in the second car when the ride ends. This is another reason why you need to ride more than once. While the scenes are the same for all cars, your view and angle will change somewhat, depending on where you sit.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Photo: Disney)

9. Pluto

The main story of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway centers around the famous couple, but there is a sub-story. Pluto ends up separated from his owner, and he is trying to catch up to him. Look for Pluto in each scene. He has the picnic basket, which he is trying to get back to Mickey and Minnie.

10. The Great Moving Ride

When an attraction closes to make room for a new experience, Disney likes to add a nod to the former attraction. With Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you will see a poster for “The Great Moving Ride”, which is of course a tribute to The Great Movie Ride. You can find it in the carnival room. The tribute can be seen to the left of Donald. It’s near the end of the scene.


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11. The “Drop”

You may have heard that there is a drop in one scene. This is not true. The track for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is flat. There might be a bit of a feeling that you are dropping at one point, but it is just an illusion.

12. Chuuby

There are plenty of classic characters found within Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. There is also a brand new one. Chuuby is a bird who is part of the adventure. If you fall in love (and you probably will), there is Chuuby merchandise that you can buy.


13. The Train Whistle

Make sure you listen for the train whistle! That is not just any special effect. The whistle that was used in the soundtrack of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is one of the whistles that was used in “Steamboat Willie”. With a ride finally featuring the mouse who started it all, the whistle has come full circle.

14. When You Leave

Once the ride is over and you have left the loading and unloading area, you will walk through one more room. Make sure you look back before you head out into the “real” world. There is one last cartoon surprise for you, one that too many people miss. It’s the perfect “end”ing.

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.