“I think I can, I think I can!” We’re all familiar with the famous story of The Little Engine That Could. You’re probably asking yourself, Nate what does this have to with Disney? I’m glad you asked, as it has everything to do with Walt Disney World. Well, mainly Mickey Mouse. Mickey is coming up on his 90th birthday. Jiminy Cricket, he doesn’t look a day older than his first sketch! It’s only taken Mickey 90 years of perseverance to get his first ever ride, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Believe it or not, Mickey has never had a ride at any of the Disney theme parks worldwide. He’s had attractions, like Philharmagic, which is a 3D movie, not a ride. Congrats Mickey!
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway may be one of the least talked about new attractions coming to Walt Disney World. Everywhere we turn we hear news about Star Wars Galaxy Edge, from leaked photos to new a tile being added to restroom floors. Nothing goes unreported! Meanwhile, less than a stone throws away in the replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, another new ride is taking shape and no one is talking about it. Why so? Let’s speculate!
Theory Time with Nate
Now a days with social media, the internet, and camera phones, it’s hard to keep anything a surprise. Even Statler and Waldorf are on Facebook! With the majority of new attractions being built “outside” it’s easy for us to see progress. From the Ratatouille ride being built behind the Morocco pavilion at Epcot, to the spires of Batuu (Star Wars Galaxy Edge) peeking out over the treetops, it’s nearly impossible to keep it hidden. Additionally, Walt Disney World is embracing the fact that they can’t keep everything hidden and have shared a variety of videos of the construction process.
With Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Disney has an opportunity to keep everything hidden. By using the same show building as previously used by The Great Movie ride nothing is “exposed” for guests to video or photograph. Disney can go old school and keep everything a mystery until the ride opens! Disney is definitely using this to its advantage and keeping the details around Mickey & Minnie’s Runway Railway under wraps.
What We Know
At the D23 expo back in July of 2017 we found Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway would be replacing The Great Movie at Hollywood Studios. It was a day of mixed feelings for Disneyphiles. The Great Movie is definitely beloved and will be sadly missed, but to finally get a Mickey ride is amazing! The new attraction will be themed around the new Mickey Mouse shorts on the Disney channels. The ride will use a trackless ride system and use both animatronics and 2.5D. Huh, 2.5D – what’s that? Great question, from what we know 2.5D is supposed to be similar to 3D but not require any 3D glasses. The trackless ride system will be a similar technology to the Ratatouille ride in Disneyland Paris (and soon Epcot) and leverage wireless transmission to guide the vehicles through the ride.
Unlike the other major attractions coming to Walt Disney World, the number of rumors around Mickey & Minnie’s Runway Railway has been limited. We’ve heard the vehicles will be themed as a train, and the train conductor is Goofy. What could possibly go wrong with that combination! Outside of that, everything is speculation – from the total number of animatronics (possible 10) to the overall storyline.
By this time next year, Mickey’s perseverance pays off and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be open. Can’t wait!! I got a feeling (Thanks, Black Eyed Peas!) the ride will be a home run. Oh Boy!! It’s definitely a throw back to old school Disney when attraction details were kept under wraps. What do you think, do you prefer knowing everything about new attractions or for it be a surprise? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page!