Missing Feature Makes a Surprise Return to Fan-Favorite Disney Ride

mickey and minnie's runaway railway
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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway stands as a delightful and enchanting dark ride situated within the enchanting realm of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, nestled in the heart of the sprawling Walt Disney World Resort and at Disneyland Resort. This captivating attraction, a homage to the timeless and beloved Mickey Mouse shorts, promises visitors an exhilarating journey through a fantastical cartoon world unlike any other.

daisy duck, mickey and minnie's runaway railway in the background

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Drawing inspiration from the vibrant and dynamic universe of Mickey and Minnie’s adventures, this whimsical ride invites guests to embark on a spellbinding escapade that transcends the boundaries between reality and animation. The gateway to this extraordinary experience is the iconic Chinese Theatre at Disney World, an architectural marvel that serves as a magical portal to the wondrous realm of imagination.

At Disneyland, the attraction can be found in Mickey’s Toontown, offering a “wild and wacky adventure through Mickey and Minnie’s madcap cartoon world.”

Mickey and Minnie, the endearing and iconic duo at the heart of this attraction, take on pivotal roles in guiding guests through a series of captivating scenes and thrilling encounters that unfold with the help of cutting-edge technology and mesmerizing special effects. Every detail of the ride is meticulously crafted to evoke the charm and humor of the classic Mickey Mouse shorts, ensuring that visitors are fully immersed in the whimsical world of animated wonder.

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With its innovative design and attention to detail, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway offers an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages, captivating the hearts and imaginations of Disney enthusiasts and casual visitors alike. Disney Imagineers have poured their creativity and expertise into every aspect of this attraction, delivering a seamless fusion of storytelling, technology, and magic that defines the essence of Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Stepping into this enchanting ride is akin to stepping into a living, breathing cartoon where the familiar characters of Mickey and Minnie come to life in a spectacle of color, music, and joy. From start to finish, the adventure unfolds with a sense of wonder and excitement, inviting guests to rediscover the magic of animation in a way that only Disney can deliver.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway serves as a shining beacon of the imaginative spirit that animates Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland, inviting guests to set aside their cares and embark on a journey filled with laughter, surprises, and pure delight. It is a testament to the enduring legacy of Walt Disney and the enchanting world he created—a world where dreams come true and imagination knows no bounds.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

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However, as is with any new attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway has not been without its bumps and bruises. Although the Disney World version was met with a lot of resistance, as it ultimately replaced the fan favorite Great Movie Ride on Hollywood Boulevard, both queues on each coast have seen deteriorating conditions of late thanks to unruly guests who pick and peel at wallpaper and other aspects of the ride.

As for the attraction itself, rooms complete with animatronics of Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse, and a video of Engineer Goofy, things often go wrong. Due to the many technical elements of the attractions, which serve to make guests feel as if they’ve actually left the confines of a Disney Park and entered into a real-life cartoon, some functions break or don’t work properly.

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This is the case with many newer attractions at Disney, including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, but as for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, one specific function at Disneyland seemed to finally be fixed overnight, officially offering a full ride experience for guests.

In one room of the ride, guests are treated to lush, animated plant life, erupting volcanoes, and flowing waterfalls. It’s in this particular room at Disneyland Park that part of the scene sees Mickey and Minnie Mouse blown from a volcano into a beautifully crafted bush.

As pointed out by @DisneyScoopGuy on X, formerly Twitter, the motion function of the bushes is finally back in place! “They finally fixed the leaves on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland! They haven’t been working for a couple of months, and for weeks, they haven’t even moved when Mickey and Minnie crashed into them.”

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway 2

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It’s always nice when a ride functions as it’s intended. Disney Imagineers put in a lot of work to make their gags work for guests, and it’s always sort of a letdown when the sets aren’t working as they are supposed to, which seems to happen a lot at Disney lately.

As for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, although not specifically noted in the ride information on their website, this small feature apparently hasn’t been working for months currently, according to the original poster. Although this issue hasn’t impacted the ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s still worthy of note, as lately, Disney Imagineer’s work has been strong to keep up with the wear and tear on these large-scale attractions.

About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!

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