Whether you’re ordering a pretzel, clutching a balloon, or enjoying a character breakfast, Mickey Mouse’s presence at Disney parks is ubiquitous. Yet, the iconic mouse has never had his very own ride — until now.
When the just-announced Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, it will be the first-ever Mickey ride in the 62-year history of Disney parks.
Inspired by the Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts on the Disney Channel, this family-friendly experience will feature guests as the stars of the ride while classic characters join in on their crazy journey. The ride, which begins with a cartoon short of Mickey and Minnie, will allow guests to join Goofy aboard a train headed for a cheerful cartoon world.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway — which will be replacing The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — is likely to have new ride functionalities as well. Walt Disney Imagineering is inventing new technology that will allow for the use of multidimensional displays without the need for 3-D goggles, and with the “zippy and zany” action that’s promised, it’s shaping up to be a more exciting version of its predecessor.
Details are still minimal, but attendees at D23 Expo 2017 were given a sneak preview of the colorful ride, which boasts a catchy theme song, eye-catching illusions, and promises of surprises along the way. If it took over half a century to give the pinnacle mouse his own attraction, one can only assume it’ll be worth the wait.
Mickey and Minnie’s exciting new attraction is only the latest addition to Hollywood Studios’ lineup. A Toy Story-themed land will bring two new rides to the park when it opens next summer, and in 2019, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will let guests pilot the Millennium Falcon and witness a battle within a star destroyer.