Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Disneyland, Toontown Redesign Opening Date

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway is coming to Disneyland in 2023 along with a brand new imagining of Toontown!

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, Toontown's redesign and our ride review from Disney World! Disneyland has announced an opening date for Toontown plus NEW land details! Scroll down for all details!

Disneyland Toontown Reopening Date Announced!

In honor of Mickey and Minnie Mouse's birthday, Disneyland has announced that the official reopening date of Mickey's Toontown will be on March 8th 2023! 

Disney also released new aerial concept art (pictured above) of Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard which really gives us a sense of the scale of this reimagined area. There is going to be plenty of natural, grassy area to explore which is going to be a welcome change to Toontown. I have many vivid memories of taking my son in this area when he was small in the direct sunlight with the concrete reflecting the heat right back at us and I think many parents (and all guests!) are going to love this move towards shady, natural play areas. Looking closely at the concept art you can see how many trees they have planted and how much space is devoted to grass.. it's going to be a lovely place to relax.

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This opening date follows not too far after the official opening date for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction which will open on January 27, 2023 to mark the beginning of Disneyland's celebration of the Disney100 anniversary year.

Scroll down for a full ride review and more details of this upcoming attraction!

NEW Chip ‘N' Dale's Gadget Coaster

Disneyland has also announced the retheme for the Gadget's Go Coaster! This nostalgic ride will be themed after Chip ‘n' Dale as it's been transofrmed into Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster “where Mickey’s Toontown’s favorite tinkerer, Gadget Hackwrench, has created a one-of-a-kind, fun-sized coaster for the town’s tiniest citizens.”

It's likely that the ride will likely stay the same but with just elements of Chip ‘n' Dale incorporated into the theme. This makes sense since we needed to see a presence for Chip ‘n' Dale in Toontown with the loss of their treehouse! Many guests lamented that loss but I think with the addition of Goofy's How-to-Play-Yard, especially as such a large space devoted to play, this will all balance out just fine. I am happy to see Chip ‘n' Dale featured and I'm glad they still kept a connection to Gadget!

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin Returning

Disneyland also once again reassured guests that Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin will be returning with the reopening of Toontown so you will once again get to board Lenny the Cab and follow the adventures of Roger Rabbit.

In the same announcement, Disney again confirmed that Mickey and Minnie's houses will return in the same capacity for guests to enter and explore on their way to meet Mickey and Minnie.

Keep reading for all the details we have on the Toontown re-imagining including detailed concept model photos from the D23 Expo, our ride review of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway from Walt Disney World and more!

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D23 Expo Toontown Concept Art

When we attended the D23 Expo, we got the first look at MORE concept art for the transformation of Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland.

El CapiTOON Theater

Concept art was shared for El CapiTOON Theater, a special exhibit created by the Toontown Hysterical Society celebrating all things Mickey with costumes and props from the toon world.

Artist Concept for: The exhibit features several items guests may recognize from classics including “Steamboat Willie” and “Plane Crazy”...

The exhibit features several items guests may recognize from classics including “Steamboat Willie” and “Plane Crazy”…

Artist concept for: “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and iconic music releases

plus more modern favorites such as “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and iconic music releases.

Goofy’s How-to-Play YardArtist Concept for: Goofy’s How-to-Play Yard

Goofy’s yard is dedicating to the spirit of play with soft, spongy ground and is the perfect place for kids to place in a fun, enclosed area. This is where Goofy encourages his son, Max, and his friends to play.

You can also see in the concept art a playful sound garden. There's a space for adults to rest while kid discover all the fun noises the garden makes and explore an all new clubhouse.

Artist Concept for: Inside his house, Goofy has set up a candy-making contraption that only he could imagine.

Inside his house, Goofy has set up a candy-making contraption that only he could imagine.

Donald’s BoatArtist Concept for: Donald’s Boat

Donald’s Boat is seen above now “crashed in the duck pond of the Goofy's home!” Around Donald’s Duck Pond are larger-than-life spinning water lilies, balance beams and rocking toys that will keep adventurous kids busy along with a splash pad to keep kids busy.

These new experiences will join existing favorites like Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House. Plus, other attractions will be reimagined in new and exciting ways, including Gadget’s Go Coaster. Mickey’s Toontown will reopen March 8th 2023.

Disneyland Toontown Design Layout

You can see the concept art brought to life in this model from the original look at Toontown's reveal including the addition of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway!

The new Toontown design is going to be more interactive for children and adults alike while also bringing in a more natural focus with plenty of grassy areas to enjoy in the shade. It's also designed to be more inclusive of children with special needs!

Goofy's house has been transformed with the addition of Goofy's How to Play Yard which features a large grass space with plenty of shade and areas to play.

NEW Toontown Redesign Coming in 2023 to Disneyland

Disneyland's Mickey's Toontown will undergo a redesign which will debut March 8th 2023 along with the new Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction which debuts on January 27, 2023 to mark the beginning of Disneyland's celebration of the Disney100 anniversary year.

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 Now Closed

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!

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 – Walt Disney World

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

Disneys Runaway Railway

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.

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

Mickey & Minnie Trivia Time has been added to the Play Disney Parks app so guests can enjoy Mickey cartoon trivia which celebrates the 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 attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios beginning opening day! Here's a glimpse of the souvenirs we often see featured:

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.

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 on January 27, 2023 in Disneyland to mark the beginning of Disneyland's celebration of the Disney100 anniversary year.

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.

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+.

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 Visit Anaheim, 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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