Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Rumor Tracker

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    Spring 2020

    RUMOR STATUS

    Confirmed

    A new ride called Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new attraction replaces The Great Movie Ride which had it’s last day of operation on August 13, 2017.

    The new attraction is being designed by Imagineering Show Writer and Creative Director Kevin Rafferty and Imagineering Producer Charita Carter. It will feature a new theme song in a “state-of”the-art-ride-through attraction”. The ride promises to “take guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies that transform the flat cartoon world into an incredible dimensional experience.”

    Guests are entering the theater to see the premier of a new short called “Perfect Picnic” before a portal opens and the guests enter the short itself.

    At the 2017 D23 Expo, the attraction was described by Rafferty as being, “2 1/2-D” a version of 3-D that would not require glasses. Rafferty also showcased a test sequence of one of the transition effects that was in an earlier version of the attraction. The scene in question has walls that are over 30 feet and the effect in the below video was described as a “test” and not necessarily the final product that will be in the attraction.

    The attraction is expected to utilize the trackless (LPS) ride system currently in use at Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (Tokyo Disneyland), Mystic Manor (Hong Kong Disneyland) and Ratatouille: The Adventure (Disney Studios Paris and Under Construction at Epcot). Other rumored etails include:

    • The ride will have moving figures (“arguably animatronics”)
    • Three dimensional backdrops
    • Most of the animation and color will be done via projections.
    • Ride length should be 5-6 minutes.
    • Capacity should be between 1800-2000 guests per hour

    Details from WDWNT.com in November 2017 revealed the rumored scene by scene configuration of the attraction. The beginning sequence was later confirmed by Disney at D23 Expo Japan in February 2018:

    • Guests will board Goofy’s train as seen in the concept art. Mickey and Minnie will follow along in their car to “save [guests] from Goofy’s clumsiness”.
    • The ride system will be trackless, and guests will board a 16 passenger train comprised of four separate cars in two rows of two.
    • The original lobby queue entrance area is expected to remain with different items in the displays.
    • The pre-show theater from The Great Movie RIde will be modified to two identical pre-show theaters. The pre-show will feature a new Mickey Mouse cartoon featuring Mickey, Minnie and Pluto heading to the park for a picnic. The screens will open up to reveal the load area where guests will board Goofy’s train.
    • The scene by scene ride sequence is reported as follow:
      • The attraction begins with a trip through the park, followed by a tunnel. The tunnel features an encounter with Mickey and Minnie (as animatronics) in a car alongside the train. This appears to be the image featured as a model in the Walt Disney Presents exhibit on the upcoming attraction.
      • The next scene is described as a “running of the bulls” scenario where the cars break apart to avoid the stomping creatures.
      • The next scene is a trip to the carnival that ends with Mickey and Minnie caught in a twister.
      • The twister puts guests into a tropical location with four separate rooms (one for each vehicle). Each room has a large screen and water effects that will place the vehicles on the edge of a waterfall.
      • The train cars move into a city drainage pipe where they take a detour into a dance studio. An animatronic of Daisy Duck is giving dance lessons and the vehicles “dance” in the studio.
      • The next scene has the vehicles in an alleyway that leads to a factory and a large furnace. Before reaching the furnace, the vehicles are saved by Mickey and Minnie.
      • Saved by Mickey and Minnie, the guests return tot he park for the picnic. The scene features animatronics of Mickey, Minnie and Pluto before heading to the unload station.
      • Guests unload and return through the movie screen.
    • The attraction is expected to include over 10 audio animatronics.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    September 20, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog posted a video of Bob Chapek’s visit where he and cast members were given a tour of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

    September 16, 2019: OrlandoParksNews.com is reporting that on a recent visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Head of Parks and Resorts Bob Chapek surprised select cast members with a walk through of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Cast members were shown the largely unchanged queue area and a portion of the ride area as well.

    August 25, 2019: During the Parks and Resorts presentation at the 2019 D23 Expo, Bob Chapek shared concept art of the facades for the Disneyland and Disney World versions of the attraction. Additionally, he also shared concept art for Disneyland’s queue as well as current construction photos inside the Walt Disney World attraction.

    August 23, 2019: WDWThemeParks.com posted a Day 1 update from the D23 Expo that featured cast member costumes and the ride vehicle from Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

    May 20, 2019: WDWNT.com is reporting that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is expected to open in Februray 2020.

    May 7, 2019: @BackDoorDisney on Twitter posted blueprints of the ride layout for Mickey and Minnies Runaway Railway.

    April 30, 2019: At a press event for Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary, Disney discussed Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in a discussion led by Imagineers Kevin Rafferty and Charita Carter.

    • Imagineering Show Writer and Creative Director: Kevin Rafferty
    • Imagineering Producer: Charita Carter

    Laughing Place posted a YouTube video of the entire presentation. As part of the attraction, they introduced the attraction marquee that will utilize neon animation. The attraction backstory has guests attending the premier of a new Mickey Mouse short called “Perfect Picnic” before guests enter the short itself.

    The theme song and attraction score is written by Chris Willis and all of the sound effects are created using traditional techniques. Many of these techniques were created by Jimmy MacDonald a previous voice of Mickey Mouse from 1947-1977. Additionally, one of the original whistles used on Steamboat Willie will also be used as a sound effect for the railway locomotive in the attraction.

    April 19, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog announced that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be built in Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland. As part of the announcement, the article also specified a Spring 2020 opening for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version of the attraction, confirming the rumored delay.

    April 6, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that it is possible that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway does not open until 2020 and it is likely that Rise of the Resistance opens before Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

    April 4, 2019: BlogMickey.com is reporting that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway may be delayed until 2020.

    April 1, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting there’s a chance Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is delayed.

    March 9, 2019: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is expected to debut before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge debuts on August 29, 2019.

    November 17, 2018: At the D23 Destination D Event, Bob Chapek (Chairman of Disney Parks, Events, Consumer Products) shared a new piece of concept art on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The image was also shared on the Disney Parks Blog. Chapek also announced that the attraction is set to debut in Fall 2019.

    October 29, 2018: WDWNT.com is reporting that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be coming to Disneyland and is anticipating an official announcement at the D23 event held in Florida on November 18, 2018.

    June 29, 2018: As part of today’s press event for Toy Story Land, Disney released a new piece of concept art for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Later in the day, the Disney Parks Blog shared the photo from the event.

    May 21, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway could soft open in August 2019.

    February 28, 2018: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the capacity for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway should be between 1800-2000 guests per hour.

    February 11, 2018: At D23 Expo Japan and the Disney Parks Blog, Disney shared additional details on the upcoming Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.

    The attraction will begin with guests seeing the premiere of a new cartoon short featuring Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they depart, their car travels alongside a train with engineer Goofy. A “magical moment” allows guests to step inside the movie and onto Goofy’s train into the unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short.

    The attraction is set to open in 2019.

    November 18, 2017: WDWNT.com (Post 1, Post 2, Post 3) shared multiple posts with rumored details on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway:

    • Internal Documents indicate that the attraction will be handed over to park operations in April 2019 with the attraction likely opening in April or May.
    • Guests will board Goofy’s train as seen in the concept art. Mickey and Minnie will follow along in their car to “save [guests] from Goofy’s clumsiness”.
    • The ride system will be trackless, and guests will board a 16 passenger train comprised of four separate cars in two rows of two.
    • The original lobby queue entrance area is expected to remain with different items in the displays.
    • The pre-show theater from The Great Movie RIde will be modified to two identical pre-show theaters. The pre-show will feature a new Mickey Mouse cartoon featuring Mickey, Minnie and Pluto heading to the park for a picnic. The screens will open up to reveal the load area where guests will board Goofy’s train.
    • The scene by scene ride sequence is reported as follow:
      • The attraction begins with a trip through the park, followed by a tunnel. The tunnel features an encounter with Mickey and Minnie (as animatronics) in a car alongside the train. This appears to be the image featured as a model in the Walt Disney Presents exhibit on the upcoming attraction.
      • The next scene is described as a “running of the bulls” scenario where the cars break apart to avoid the stomping creatures.
      • The next scene is a trip to the carnival that ends with Mickey and Minnie caught in a twister.
      • The twister puts guests into a tropical location with four separate rooms (one for each vehicle). Each room has a large screen and water effects that will place the vehicles on the edge of a waterfall.
      • The train cars move into a city drainage pipe where they take a detour into a dance studio. An animatronic of Daisy Duck is giving dance lessons and the vehicles “dance” in the studio.
      • The next scene has the vehicles in an alleyway that leads to a factory and a large furnace. Before reaching the furnace, the vehicles are saved by Mickey and Minnie.
      • Saved by Mickey and Minnie, the guests return tot he park for the picnic. The scene features animatronics of Mickey, Minnie and Pluto before heading to the unload station.
      • Guests unload and return through the movie screen.
    • The attraction is expected to include over 10 audio animatronics.

    September 16, 2017: WDWThemeParks.com added photos of the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway artwork on display at Walt Disney Presents to this rumor tracker.

    September 7, 2017: On Episode 135b of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa discussed Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. As part of this discussion they introduced a few possibilities for the attraction.

    The attraction may utilize a form of augmented reality. This would not be virtual reality headsets, but a form of the projection mapping on dimensional sets.

    Jim Hill explained that guests would experience non-descript white objects and sets transform in front of their eyes during the attraction.

    While they would like the attraction to be open by the 2018 Holiday season it is more likely to open in the first quarter of 2019 with a dedication/official opening coinciding with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

    August 15, 2017: WDWMagic.com user MagicFeather offered details on the ride.

    • The ride will have moving figures (“arguably animatronics”)
    • Three dimensional backdrops
    • Most of the animation and color will be done via projections.
    • Ride length should be 5-6 minutes.

    August 14, 2017: BlogMickey.com has posted photos of new signage for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway that has been placed around the Grauman’s Chinese Theater facade. A new photo opportunity featuring artwork of Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy has also replaced The Great Movie Ride photo opportunity

    August 13, 2017: The Great Movie Ride had it’s last day of operation.

    July 26, 2017: BlogMickey.com is reporting that Disney is lifting the blackout dates on the Silver and Weekday Select Annual Passes starting August 1st to allow these guests to see The Great Movie Ride and Ellen’s Energy Adventure before their last day of operation on August 13, 2017.

    July 15, 2017: At the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney officially confirmed that a new ride called Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While not mentioned in the presentation, the new attraction will replace The Great Movie Ride which will have it’s last day of operation on August 13, 2017.

    The new attraction is being designed by Imagineer Kevin Rafferty and will feature a new attraction theme song in a “state-of”the-art-ride-through attraction”. The ride promises to “take guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies that transform the flat cartoon world into an incredible dimensional experience.”

    AT D23 EXPO 2017, DISNEY PARKS CHAIRMAN BOB CHAPEK ANNOUNCES NEW MICKEY AND MINNIEÕS RUNAWAY RAILWAY — During D23 Expo 2017, Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek announces Mickey and MinnieÕs Runaway Railway at DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. The attraction will be the first ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, with a new original story and lovable attraction theme song.

    The attraction was described by Rafferty as being, “2 1/2-D” a version of 3-D that would not require glasses. Rafferty also showcased a test sequence of one of the transition effects that was in an earlier version of the attraction. The scene in question has walls that are over 30 feet and the effect in the below video was described as a “test” and not necessarily the final product that will be in the attraction.

    July 11, 2017: WDWMagic.com users Rteetz and danlb_2000 are reporting that Disney has filed a Notice of Commencement for “DHS Project M”. The address listed is 555 Stage Lane which has been used for The Great Movie Ride and the Toy Story Meet and Greet in Pixar Place. The expiration of the permit is October 31, 2019.

    April 19, 2017: WDWMagic.com user MansionButler84 is reporting that he expects The Great Movie Ride to close at some point between August 14, 2017 and September 5, 2017.

    April 9, 2017: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the Mickey attraction is expected to open in early Fall 2019.

    March 27, 2017: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that he expects The Great Movie Ride to be closed by this fall in preparation for a new attraction. A subsequent post indicated that the new attraction would likely open within two years.

    March 20, 2017: WDWMagic.com user Magic Feather is reporting that this project might be in jeopardy.

    March 9, 2017: WDWMagic.com user Magic Feather is reporting that the Mickey Mouse attraction has a “2020 or bust” time frame. If it’s delayed, it is unlikely to happen.

    August 14, 2016: @JimHillMedia on Twitter is reporting that the Mickey Mouse attraction is just one of several proposed concepts for a Great Movie Ride Replacement.

    August 5, 2016: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that alternative proposals do exist related to Guardians of the Galaxy and The Great Movie RIde.

    August 3, 2016: WDWNT.com is reporting that The Great Movie Ride is expected to close in 2018 with a new attraction called “The Great Mickey Ride”. The story was later confirmed by WDWMagic.com users Lee and marni1971.

    The ride would mark the end of the brief sponsorship of The Great Movie Ride by Turner Classic Movies and according to the article it is expected to be a trackless ride built for both Hollywood Studios as well as the Disneyland Resort in California.

    The expectation is that it will be inspired by the classic Mickey Mouse shorts and utilize the trackless ride technology.

    August 3, 2016: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that The Great Movie Ride is expected to close next year with the new attraction opening in 2019.

    August 2, 2016: WDWMagic.com user TheVisionarySoul is reporting that The Great Movie Ride would be closing in 2018 to make way for a new attraction. User Lee also indicated that the building would be gutted and rebuilt with a new ride system.

    September 18, 2015: Twitter user @Schmoofy has reported that the temporary planters in front of The Chinese Theater have been removed.

    September 11, 2015: The temporary stage has been complete removed and the view of the Chinese Theater is now unobstructed except for temporary planters.

    August 20, 2015: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 has reported that the spires on the Chinese Theater should be added back this weekend.

    June 1, 2015: @touringplans posted an image on Twitter of the new exterior signage/marquee for The Great Movie Ride. The marquee now features Turner Classic Movies logo, this was reportedly updated a few days ago.

    May 30, 2015: @Attractions posted the updated finale film on Twitter.

    May 26, 2015: @themetaphorgirl on Instagram posted a photo of the new interior marquee in The Great Movie Ride.

    April 16, 2015: @laughing_place reported on Twitter that the pre-show and Finale scenes for The Great Movie Ride have been updated to digital projectors.

    February 10, 2015: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 reported that Disney has filed a Notice of Commencement with the description, “Chinese Theater Turrets”.

    February 3, 2015: WDWMagic.com has posted photos of a small construction area next to The Great Movie Ride. It is possible this will be a photo opportunity for guests.

    January 20, 2015: WDWMagic.com user tirian has reported that the speakers on The Great Movie Ride are being updated scene by scene. Reportedly, the musical, sci-fi and western sequences have been updated.

    January 6, 2015: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 has reported that Disney has filed a Notice of Commencement for a graphics package at The Great Movie Ride.

    December 12, 2014: In a series of tweets, @JimHillMedia revealed details on several components of the Hollywood Studios expansion. This included an update on The Great Movie Ride:

    • The Great Movie Ride overhaul that will follow the Turner Classic Movies changes will take place in 2020-2021 when the Star Wars and Pixar components are brought on line. (Tweet)

    December 1, 2014: On Episode 68 of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill, Jim clarifies that the Turner Classic Movies update will be for the pre-show, finale movie and potentially in ride audio. He did not expect substantial changes to the show scenes themselves. He also mentioned that this may not prevent Disney from making a substantial change to the attraction in time for the resort’s 50th anniversary in 2021.

    November 26, 2014: Turner Classic Movies launched a website about the Great Movie Ride sponsorship that also included a press release. The Orlando Sentinel identified this as a 5 year deal.

    November 26. 2014: WDWMagic.com user wdw71fan has reported that the search lights will be returning to the Chinese Theater.

    November 25, 2014: NewYorkTimes.com has reported that Disney is partnering with Turner Classic Movies to update the Great Movie Ride. The timeframe is expected to be in the first quarter of 2015. This appears to have changed the future of an attraction previously believed to be on the chopping block.

    Changes are expected in the pre-show video as well as the finale video. Turner Classic Movies will also appear as sponsors on attraction signage. There were no details that indicated any changes would be taking place to the show scenes.

    October 28, 2014: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has reported that as part of the Hollywood Studios overhaul, the only attractions guaranteed to remain in some capacity are Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Midway Mania, Star Tours and Tower of Terror.

    October 26, 2014: At a TouringPlans sponsored event in New Jersey as well as on the TouringPlans Twitter feed, Jim Hill reported that the trackless ride system will not be added to Hollywood Studios until they replace Great Movie Ride.

    October 24, 2014: WDWMagic.com user Disneyhead’71 has posted a rumor that The Great Movie Ride could be replaced by a Guardians of the Galaxy inspired concept. The story of the rumored attraction would be that guests are attending the premier of Guardians of the Galaxy when they’re put into the action in an LPS (Location Positioning System) vehicle. Other examples of LPS rides include Pooh’s Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland, Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland, and Ratatouille: The Adventure at Disney Studios Paris.

    August 10, 2014: On Episode 62 of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast with Jim Hill, he mentioned that The Great Movie Ride would close as part of the overhaul taking place at Hollywood Studios. The attraction has several corporate events scheduled though so closure is not expected until 2017-2018. The replacement of the attraction has not been determined.

    May 14, 2013: OrlandoParkNews.com reported that The Great Movie Ride’s refurbishment has been scaled back to three weeks with the only noticeable change being the finale film.

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