Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Announced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Mickey Mouse is set to get his first ever themed ride as a brand new attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, is making its way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney promises that the ride will use state-of-the-art technology to transport guests through the movie screen and into a Mickey Mouse short. Utilizing ‘2 1/2D’ technology, the ride will contain no 3D gimmicks and will not require the use of 3D glasses (big thumbs up from us).
Walt Disney Imagineers are partnering with their colleagues at the Disney Channel to bring the attraction to life. Lead Imagineer on the project Kevin Rafferty said:
This is one of the boldest… most impossible things I’ve ever worked on in almost 40 years of being an Imagineer. And you know what? That’s what I love about it… This is not going to be a small attraction, it’s going to be game-changing.
During the D23 Expo 2017, Rafferty shared a small clip of a proof of concept for the attraction, showing a show scene transforming instantly into a new one. Whilst he admitted that Imagineers had worked on the concept since then, it was certainly impressive.
As is often the case in the announcement of new attractions, an old classic will be closing its doors. The Great Movie Ride, an original attraction from the Park’s opening in 1989, will journey into the movies one last time on 13th August.