ORLANDO, Fla. –  We now all know when Mikey & Minnie’s Runaway RailDisney’s first-ever Mickey Mouse themed ride-through attraction, will be debuting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Bob Chapek, our main man when it comes to Disney parks news, announced Saturday at Destination D that Runaway Rail can be expected to open “in about a year.” Meaning the holidays for next year at the park just got a little more exciting.

Let’s Rewind

Now if you haven’t heard, or maybe you forgot, The Great Movie Ride, that was housed in the replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater is no more. What is replacing it is an attraction that will totally immerse guest into the first ever dark ride featuring Mickey Mouse. 

Experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

On the attraction, the fun begins when you see 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 and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on 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. And for the first time, we shared a preview of what the cars will look like when you board the attraction for a zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns.

Imagineers have been hard at work creating Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, using breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience. The first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse will feature a new original story and lovable theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.

 

Kevin Rafferty and Senior Creator Producer/Manager Charita Charter took some time to sit down at D23 DD and discuss the new ride, which really as of now Disney hasn’t been saying much about the many details.  Our last real update about the ride was at last years D23 Expo in Japan. 

“A couple of month’s ago we created the score in Hollywood, California with a 65-piece orchestra,” said Rafferty.

Chris Willis, who is most known for his work as the composer of Disney’s Mickey Shorts, has created much of the score.

“Chris Willis is a big Disney Parks fan and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty.

It was also interesting to hear that to keep the authenticity of Mickey Shorts, all the sound effects will be created with physical items, most studios have gone to computers. They will be using a recording booth, similar to the techniques Jimmy Macdonald, the original head of the Disney sound effects department, to recreate the original sound effects featured in all those old school shorts.  

But if that wasn’t enough Rafftery told the crowd that the attraction’s creators were actually in possession of the original props Macdonald used and that they planned on using his unique musical arsenal of hand-built instruments, they even have the original “Steamboat Willie” whistle that was used in the iconic short. 

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