About a week ago, I was exploring Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom when I noticed the balloon vendor was holding some iconic Mickey Mouse balloons that were solid color instead of the semi-translucent colors we’d grown accustomed to as of late. Look close… Read More »New Mickey Balloon colors available at Walt Disney World
In addition to creating “The Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland was innovative in many other ways. In the 50’s, believe it or not, waiting lines at banks or airports were traditionally a straight line. Sometimes a movie theater would bend them around a corner; the Department of Motor Vehicles would simply open the front door and run the line out onto the sidewalk.
Think what it would look like if security checkpoint lines at airports were linear instead of the sinewy system in use today! I had never seen a waiting line that snaked back and forth like the lines for attractions at Disneyland, where they created a holding pen that economized space. Such was the system introduced by Walt Disney’s Imagineers.
They also thought of a way to use existing technology to create the Disneyland Monorail System. In 1959, it was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere. Though the park was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the off-season, visitors could board at the Disneyland Hotel and still see the Park (though quiet on those days) from a bird’s-eye view. Now, monorails are common at places like metro airports, transporting passengers swiftly from terminal to terminal.Read More »The Park – Innovation at Disneyland
Mickey Shorts Theater opened today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the one-of-a-kind animated short featuring Mickey and Minnie, “Vacation Fun.” The attraction makes a nice companion to the bigger Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride as both feature the new style animated Mickey Cartoons. The… Read More »Mickey Shorts Theater a fun companion attraction to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened the first ever ride-through attraction featuring Mickey Mouse last night. Mickey’s & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, located behind Disney’s recreation of the Chinese Theater was dedicated in the fashion of a grand Hollywood premiere with Mickey & Minnie and their pals along… Read More »Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Officially Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens this week at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The company is so hot on the ride that it’s already started construction on a dupelicate for Disneyland’s toontown. The trackless attraction takes guests into the world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon short… Read More »Meet Chuuby – a new character with a starring role in Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway promises to be the capstone on string of recent changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that is part of a re-branding from seeing how movies are made to being immersed in the world of the movie itself. While Star Wars: Galaxy’s… Read More »Sneak Peek! Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway first scenes revealed
Mickey Shorts Theater is the other Mickey Mouse-themed attraction opening March 4 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Everyone is gearing up for the grand opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4th, but there are actually two Mickey-themed attractions opening in the park that day. The old ‘Drew Carey’s Sounds Dangerous’ theater (recently showing ‘Path of… Read More »Mickey Shorts Theater is the other Mickey Mouse-themed attraction opening March 4 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The official opening for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway isn’t until March 4th, but it appears things have progressed far enough with testing the ride system that the park has opened the attraction to previews for the opening cast. They were joined by new Walt… Read More »Disney Cast Members share first impressions of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway