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.