We’re just getting home from an exciting weekend at our first D23 Expo in Anaheim, and there were so many amazing parks announcements that it’s hard to know where to start.
Since “it all started with a mouse,” we’ll begin there. After many, many years, Mickey Mouse is finally getting his own attraction in the form of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is being presented in what executive creative director Kevin Rafferty calls “2-and-a-half-D” that does not require 3D glasses. It will feature animation in the style of the Mickey shorts on the Disney Channel. This is the one part that has me a bit concerned as I’m not the biggest fan of the style of the recent shorts, but I’m still incredibly optimistic that it’ll be an amazing attraction.
The attraction will feature an original theme song that Rafferty says is already stuck in his head and more hidden Mickeys than any other Disney parks attraction. Little is known about the plot, but the attraction will begin with a cartoon short where Mickey and Minnie are heading off on a picnic in their red car. Goofy comes along as a train conductor and, as you can imagine, things get wacky from there.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will replace the Great Movie Ride, an opening-day attraction at Hollywood Studios back when it was known as Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. The Great Movie Ride will have its final day on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
There is no target opening date for the new attraction yet, but it will likely be open before Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.