Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway- Ride Review from Disney World, Coming to Disneyland 2023

A new Mickey Mouse themed attraction is coming to Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland in 2023 and is now open at Hollywood Studios in Disney World! This new attraction allows guests to step into a cartoon world as they join Mickey and his friends on Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. Read our guide for everything we know about this new attraction starring our favorite mouse and our ride review from Disney World!

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NEW Toontown Redesign Coming in 2023 to Disneyland

Disneyland's Mickey's Toontown will undergo a redesign which will debut in 2023 along with the new Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction.

Here is the except from Disney about this new redesign of Toontown:

Building on the legacy of Mickey’s Toontown, Imagineers are working to create some all-new experiences so families and young children can have more opportunities to play together inside Disneyland park. The beloved Mickey’s Toontown will transform into a vibrant symphony of sights, sounds, and sensations. Focusing on today’s families with young children, Mickey’s Toontown will feature new play experiences, as well as open, grassy play spaces for everyone to unplug. The land will have landscaping for both spontaneous family play and parental relaxation.

With this addition will come more green areas for children to play and enjoy which will be a great addition to an already popular area of the park for kids.

CenTOONial Park, one of the New Experiences Coming to Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park in 2023

The new area coming to Mickey's Toontown will be called CenTOONial Park which will now be the first part of Toontown that guests see when they enter! This natural space (pictured above) will likely resemble a park with natural green grass for kids to play in along with two interactive play experiences. 

There will be a fountain at the center of the park which according to Disney is also designed for play! It will become a center icon for Mickey's Toontown and at its base will include water tables for guests to play in the water with their kids. At night the fountain will be transformed into “a unique spectacle.”

A nearby “dreaming tree” will be inspired by the tree a young Walt Disney would daydream under in his hometown. These sculpted tree roots will give space for children to play, crawl and explore.

Mickey's Toontown Closing in March 2022

UDPATE: Mickey’s Toontown will close March 9th 2022 as they begin creating these new experiences which means it will remain closed until this new redesign is ready to open in 2023. No official reopening date has been announced yet.

The good news is that in a recent Disney Parks Blog announcement Disney confirmed that Roger's Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Mickey's House and Minnie's House will remain with the new renovation! But they did announce that “other attractions will be reimagined in new and exciting ways, including Gadget’s Go Coaster, Goofy’s House and Donald’s Boat.”

The First Major Mickey-Themed Attraction

Disneyland Resort President Josh D’Amaro getting a sneak peek of the plans. Mickey's long overdue for his own major attraction and this themed ride-through attraction will put guests inside the “wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon short.” Once guests step inside the cartoon world of Mickey and Minnie they will board a train with Goofy as the engineer and experience a zany and out of control adventure with surprising twists and turns.

The attraction will feature an original story and “lovable” theme song and will use state-of-the-art technology and visual effects to bring the cartoon world to life in what Disney Parks calls an “incredible and immersive multi-dimensional experience.”

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Synopsis and Review

I had the privilege of experiencing Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney World's Hollywood Studios on our recent visit. The attraction was a big hit for my family and we rode it multiple times!

Warning: ride spoilers follow!

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Ride Synopsis

The ride vehicles for this dark ride are trains that pick guests up at the loading station in the ride queue. Guests board one of four cars behind the main locomotive train engine. The train will depart the station and then make a turn passing a park on a sunny day before they enter a train tunnel. Goofy will appear in the locomotive's back window and asks if you're ready to take a tour around the park. During this scene, Mickey and Minnie will appear and… woops! The switch level falls disconnecting the train cars from the locomotive which starts you off on the ‘runaway railway' chase with Mickey & Minnie Mouse running after the runaway train.

Each scene after this will depict Mickey & Minnie (using the new projection mapping technology) trying to chase the train cars (which you're sitting in!) through various scenarios. These include Mickey & Minnie in a western scene riding horses and trying to lasso the cars, a tornado that scoops up the cars and swirls you around, a tropical island with a volcanic eruption, and a trip down a waterfall (simulated against a screen) when you emerge into a underwater reef. From here, the scene transitions into a sewage system where the water drains away and you move into a city at night featuring Pete and Donald Duck. You then veer into a dance study where Daisy Duck leads the cars into a waltz followed by the conga where you dance your way into a factory. The cars appear to be stuck on a conveyer belt and you will see Mickey & Minnie racing to get to the' off switch' to save your train car from being crushed. Once the fantastic duo saves you, the cars reverse and move into a room where you see Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto having a moonlight picnic at a park and singing the song “Nothing Can Stop Us Now” The cars then reattach to the train led by Goofy and guests are led through the a movie screen returning them to the real world.

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Review

This entire ride is using the concept animation we see in the new Mickey Mouse shorts for all the characters in the ride. You can expect to see a wide variety of characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald and Daisy Duck, Pluto, and Pete. All these characters are represented with this new animation style. So for people that aren't a fan of this new look for Mickey, which we know many people feel this way, that might impact your enjoyment of the ride. But try not to let it! The ride itself is charming, whimsical, and entertaining. I think that even Disney fans that don't enjoy the new cartoon style for Mickey Mouse will enjoy this ride regardless because it's just so well done between the technology and the feeling of joy it will bring any Disney fan.

The technology in the ride is incredible, the projection mapping really takes you into the world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon and the ride vehicles use the same magnetic trackless technology you see on Rise of the Resistance with the cars being able to flow freely throughout the attraction.

Some of the most stand out parts of the ride feature the tornado room and the waterfall scene- Disney did a great job adding a feeling of thrill while still keeping it a family friendly dark ride. The tornado scene spins your car gently around while wind whooshes around you all while you hear Mickey and Minnie trying to prevent themselves from being blow away! It's so much fun and we emerged from that scene laughing with tears in our eyes. The waterfall scene puts your ride vehicle up against one of the projection mapping screens and simulates the feeling of going down a waterfall while your ride vehicle never moves an inch. These funny, thrill like moments sprinkled in with the silliness of a Mickey cartoon were perfectly balanced to keep you laughing the entire way through.

The ride moves quickly through these scenes which helps capture that frantic frenzy of living inside a cartoon so as you're still laughing from being swept into a tornado, you're already landed on a tropical island!

My favorite part is the ending though with Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto all enjoying a nighttime picnic with the song “Nothing Can Stop Us Now” playing as the train leisurely makes its way through the scene. My son is 10 years old and he's at the age where all he wants to do is ride roller coasters. Despite this, he loved this attraction and wanted to ride it again and again. It's a great ride for all ages, small children and big children (like us Disney adults!) since it's so fast paced and whimsical. Everyone will love this ride- I can't imagine seeing anyone dislike it unless you are really hung up on not liking the animation (don't let that ruin your enjoyment!) and even then the ride is so quirky and fun with so much to see you can easily put that out of your mind.

Watch the video below for a few small clips of the ride, pre-show, and this wonderful song to get an idea of the whimsy this ride allows guests to experience. This is a great video to watch if you don't want many spoilers but want a glimpse of what the ride is like.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Now Open at Walt Disney World

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway is now open at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World at the newly redesigned Chinese Theater.

Disneys Runaway Railway

Since the announced attraction at Disneyland has been confirmed as being the same one opening at Hollywood Studios, we can look to past announcements of this railway for more information and how it pertains to Disneyland's version.

According to Disney Parks, when guests board Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway you will step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends in the cartoon in this new experience Disney calls “2 1/2 D” with no 3D glasses required. Disney Imagineers have created new technologies for this attraction that “turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a dimensional display of amazingness.”

Behind the scenes of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

“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. Well, that, and Mickey,” Kevin said. “This is not going to be a small attraction, it’s going to be game-changing.”

Mickey and Minne's Runaway Railway is inspired by the Mickey Shorts you currently see now on the Disney channel and the team of animators that work on those shorts are partnering with Disney Imagineers to bring the attraction to life.

News and Updates for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway in Walt Disney World

This is where we will keep you updated on all news concerning the Mickey & Minnie Runaway attraction in Walt Disney World which is now open!

New Marquee for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway RailwayNew Marquee for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the Chinese Theatre

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway received a new marquee sign in Disney's Hollywood Studios which is now lit up for the attraction!

New Marquee for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

As you can see above, this new marquee is pretty incredible and really fits in with the concept of the land.

FastPass+ at Disney World

FastPass+ is already available for guests  for the new Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction. Book yours as soon as possible as this new attraction will easily run out of FastPass availability. This FastPass is a Tier 1 option, joining Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Slinky Dog Dash. You will have to pick from just one of these per day when making your FastPass selections.

Mickey & Minnie Trivia is Now Available in the Play Disney Parks app!Mickey & Minnie's Trivia Time – Mouse Rules Apply!

Mickey & Minnie Trivia Time has now been added to the Play Disney Parks app so guests can enjoy Mickey cartoon trivia which celebrates the opening of the new attraction and “Vacation Fun” at Mickey Shorts Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Guests can discover five trivia packs containing hundreds of questions spanning from Mickey and Minnie’s debut in “Steamboat Willie” to today. Some of these trivia packs are available at home, while others can be unlocked after experiencing Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway or “Vacation Fun” at Mickey Shorts Theater to extend the cartoon fun even further.

You can see a preview below from the Disney Parks Blog:

You can read all about the Play Disney Parks app and why you should download it in our guide!

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railroad Souvenirs and Art

The Special Poster Art Series Kicks off Countdown Series features posters of existing award-winning Mickey Mouse shorts that might have previously premiered at the Chinese Theatre – all created specifically for the attraction by Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Television Animation. 

Guests can also find souvenirs related to the new attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios beginning opening day! Here's a glimpse of the souvenirs we'll see offered:

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Headband

Mickey Mouse themed ears!

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Plushes

Toys and tshirts!

So many cute toys and collectibles to find.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Passholder Pin

There will also be Annual Passholder specific merchandise.

I think it's safe to assume that once Disneyland's attraction opens we will see merchandise options at the Disneyland Resort that mirrors what we've seen at Walt Disney World.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

When does this new attraction open?

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is now open at Walt Disney World and will open in 2023 at Disneyland.

Where is the new attraction going to go?

At Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios, Mickey and Minnie's Railway is found in the Chinese Theater and replaced the ‘The Great Movie Ride' in August 2017.

At Disneyland, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway will be located in Toontown. No word yet on if this attraction will replace any current attractions in Toontown. There have been many rumors that it will replace Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin but this has not been confirmed. There is no reason to believe these rumors are true and we (among many Disney guests, I'm sure) are hoping there is no truth behind those rumors.

What animation style does this ride feature for Mickey and Minnie Mouse?

The animation style featured in this ride is inspired by the current Mickey Shorts playing on the Disney Channel and on Disney+.

Will FastPass be available?

Yes, at Walt Disney World FastPass+ is available for the ride at a Tier 1 option. For Disneyland, we won't know until the opening date gets closer and we can get a look at what the queue looks like!

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Coming to Disneyland 2023!

You can find this Mickey themed ride in the new El CapiTOON Theater in Mickey’s Toontown where Mickey and Minnie are premiering their newest short, “Perfect Picnic.”

Before guests will enter the cinema, you can experience a special exhibit created by the Toontown Hysterical Society featuring costumes and props from the toon world.

Here's the video of the first construction of the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse ride:

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the editor of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and writing Disney culture pieces on DisneyDose.com- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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