The transformation of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be going full stream in 2019 when the park opens not just “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” but also the first Mickey Mouse themed ride-through attraction – “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.” We’ve just learned some new details about how the attraction will transform the home of the former “Great Movie Ride” behind the facade of the Chinese Theater at the park’s center stage.
At this year’s D23 Expo Japan, Bob Chapek, Chair of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, shared more details on how Disney is pulling out all of the stops to make Mickey’s first attraction an unbelievable experience for everyone. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new visual experience which will appear to make Disney’s animated characters jump off the screen in an experience Disney calls Two and a half D. No glasses required.
After you enter the Chinese theater, you will first watch the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train with Goofy as the engineer. Then, one trademarked Disney magical moment lets you step into the movie and on board Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. The concept art above is also a preview of what the cars will look like when you board the attraction for your zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns.
Disney Television Animation — the talented artists who create the popular and award-winning Mickey Shorts – have been partnering with Walt Disney Imagineering to keep the characters and story authentic.
So far no specific opening date has been set and since all the work is going on inside the giant show building, it’s hard to know how much progress they’ve made so far. Whether or not your a fan of the new television animation style for Mickey and Minnie, you have to admit it is well past time for him to have his own ride at the parks.