- Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction opened at Disneyland Resort in California on Friday.
- A nearly identical version of the attraction opened in 2020 at Walt Disney World in Florida.
- California's version contains a completely different immersive queue. The ride features one extra room.
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After closing over a year ago, Mickey's Toontown partially reopened Friday at Disneyland to guests with a new Mickey and Minnie-themed attraction.
Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is the centerpiece of the renovated Toontown, officially opening on March 8. The family-friendly five-minute adventure sends guests on, what's supposed to be, a relaxing train tour around a park with Goofy. But nothing's ever that simple when Goofy's involved.
Things go haywire when the train cars break free and set loose on their own paths through several colorful rooms.Despite trying to find a nice place to enjoy a picnic, it's up to Minnie and Mickey to try and save everyone and get the train back together in one piece.
A nearly identical version of the attraction opened in March 2020 at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios park located in Orlando, Florida, themed to Hollywood's famous TCL Chinese Theatre.
But even if you've been on the ride in Florida, Disney diehards will want to check out this version of the ride for its completely different queue inspired by a different Hollywood landmark, extra time with Goofy, and its many hidden Mickeys. In fact, the ride's executive producer, Jeff Shaver-Moskowitz, and concept designer, Jen Schwartz, told Insider Disneyland's Runaway Railway has more hidden Mickeys than any Disney attraction.
All in all, it's the superior version of the attraction that feels more at home in Toontown.
The queue is the main reason to check out Disneyland's version of the attraction if you've experienced it in Disney World.
If you've been to the attraction at Disney World, the indoor queue doesn't have much in the way of props. The inside, more or less, looks like a mini replica of the TCL theater in Los Angeles.
The Disneyland queue is completely different. An ode to Mickey Mouse through the years, guests walk through several large rooms filled with props and nods to the mouse. Mind you, they're not real props. The entire exhibit is supposed to be put together by Minnie and Toontown's "Hysterical Society" to surprise her beau and highlight his illustrious career.
Imagineers designed large props of iconic items appearing in Mickey cartoons and films going all the way back to 1928's "Steamboat Willie" and "Plane Crazy" and working its way up to 1990's "The Prince and the Pauper." It's the sort of fourth-wall-breaking stuff that kids may believe is real and that will make adults, who grew up with this stuff, smile.
There are also Easter eggs alluding to "The Goofy Movie" (keep your eye out for some Powerline-themed candy) and "Ducktales."
One of the coolest things in the queue is what Shaver-Moskowitz referred to me as "a hidden ghost." A nod to 1937's "Lonesome Ghosts" cartoon where Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are hired to exterminate ghosts from a haunted house, guests can see a few ghosts pop up in a mirror in the queue if they're standing by it at just the right moment.
The walls are adorned with fake movie posters that replace favorites like "Freaky Friday" with Disney characters.
When I wasn't trying to take in every prop in the queue, I was trying to look at every single parody movie poster that filled the walls throughout El Capitoon, which made this a queue that you really wanted to take your time moving through.
Farther down the queue there are real posters of classic Mickey toons, but when you first enter the queue, you're surrounded by humorous posters.
Some of my personal favorites included: "Mickey, I Shrunk the Nieces" (in place of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), "Goofy Friday" (in place of "Freaky Friday"), and "The Chipmunk Trap" (in place of "The Parent Trap").
Disney could sell some of these posters and people would buy them.
Disneyland's version of the attraction has one bonus room that you won't find at Disney World.
Near the end of the attraction at Disney World, guests go right from the factory room that transforms into a starry, picturesque evening into another room that shows Mickey and Minnie finally enjoying their picnic.
The Disneyland version of the ride adds an extra room in between those two. Before you see Mickey and Minnie at the attraction's end, you go through a tunnel where Goofy has an extended monologue.
"That was a happy accident for us," Shaver-Moskowitz told Insider, explaining that when they looked at the show scenes from the Disney World version of the ride, they realized they didn't have the right space to connect those two final scenes.
"There were two scenes that we couldn't bridge and so we actually created a covered bridge scene that's unique to Disneyland," Shaver-Moskowitz said. "So you get some extra time with Goofy and it makes it a little bit of a unique experience here for Disneyland."
The attraction is worth riding more than once. You can have a slightly different experience depending on where you sit. I recommend sitting in row three.
I love finding the best seat to sit on a ride. Runaway Railway has a boarding area with eight rows. Guests load into one of the train's four cars, each with two rows, seen above.
Though Runaway Railway starts off as a unified train, the cars break off early into the ride and each one individually goes on a magnetic path, zooming through multiple rooms.
Schwartz said the attraction was designed so guests have a different experience from every car on the attraction. While every car heads to the same rooms, I noticed some cars get to spend more time in certain rooms than others.
After my first attempt on the ride on Wednesday in row seven, I had a mission: Find the car that stays in Daisy Duck's room the longest.In the latter half of the ride,the four cars spill into a dance studio where Daisy has the cars move harmoniously before turning the room into a dance party with a fun conga melody.
Depending on what car you're in, you either experience the conga bit for two seconds before you're whisked away to the next room or get to groove to the beat for several seconds longer. On Wednesday, I rode rows seven, one, and eight, in that order. My first two tries were the first vehicles out of that space.
So I returned Thursday to the attraction to ride the final two cars in rows three and five. Of course, my objective wasn't solely to be the last car out of Daisy's room. I also wanted to determine if one car delivered a better overall ride experience.
I rode rows five and three, in that order. It took until my last ride to get the conga time I desperately sought.
During my five rides, I also made a few observations.
The train car you start in may not come back to the station by the ride's end in the same spot. Every car except for the fourth one shifts places by the ride's end. (The fourth car, to my understanding, is ADA accessible, and can break away to a separate loading dock.)
If you start in car one, you wind up being close to the train's caboose (car three) when you approach the ride's exit. If you start in car two, you'll become the first car. Train car three becomes the second.
Shaver-Moskowitz told me he enjoys the front row because you get to see and spend more time with Goofy in the conductor's seat. I was in agreement until returning to the attraction on Thursday. Though you start near Goofy in train car one, by the ride's end, you're far away from him in the back of the ride.
Row three is definitively the best place to sit on Runaway Railway. Not only do you get the most time in Daisy's dance studio, but you're the first car to enter most rooms front and center. Additionally, by the ride's end, you're directly in back of Goofy and get to see him up close as he gives a brief monologue that's exclusive to Disneyland's version of the attraction.
I recommend aiming for row one if you want to see Goofy or rows three through six if you want to spend more time in Daisy's room.
Runaway Railway fits more naturally in Disneyland's park than at Disney World.
In Florida, you enter a replica of the TCL theatre to ride Runaway Railway. Here, you're entering the "El Capitoon." The pun is based on the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood where Disney hosts many of its movie premieres throughout the year.
Personally, I think the "Capitoon" theater setting in an area called Toontown where you're surrounded by a cartoon backdrop is a more organic setting to help make you feel like you're naturally stepping right into the cartoon world of the attraction.
In Florida, the attraction is located in the center of Hollywood Studios, floating in between the Star Tours attraction and another "Star Wars"-themed photo op area without anything else to anchor it to a themed section of the park.
The ride has more hidden Mickeys than any Disneyland attraction.
The same was true when the attraction opened at Disney World. Schwartz estimated there are over 100 hidden Mickeys on "Runaway Railway." I wouldn't be surprised if this version of the ride has more just because the queue is so immersive.
Shaver-Moskowitz shared that his favorite hidden Mickey isn't in the shape of the iconic mouse ears. It's Mickey's name spelled out hidden in the set work of one of the ride's scenes.
I tried spying hidden Mickeys throughout my back-to-back-to-back rides, but the attraction zips along from one room to the next so it's pretty tough to make things out. I spotted a few, including a paint can to your left when you first enter the ride.
Some advice: Your hair will get blown around and you will shift in your seat a bit. Be mindful of little ones.
There's no height requirement on this ride, but the attraction recommends letting smaller guests enter a train car first.
I'd recommend keeping little ones in between two adults as there's some shifting around in seats as the cart moves from room to room and there's only a lap bar to hold you in place. It's nothing wild, but I weigh about 130 pounds and I noticed that I was sliding from side to side.
Additionally, in one room, Minnie and Mickey encounter a tornado. Gusts of wind may blow your hair into your face. I'd recommend tying any long hair back before the ride begins. I made this mistake on my first ride through.
Make sure to look out for a photo of Walt Disney on your right after you exit the ride.
Disney can be seen on the Ernest S. Marsh train, which rides around Disneyland.
During a panel on Thursday morning, Shaver-Moskowitz told a small group of media, including Insider that a tri-tone whistle used to record the train whistle in 1928's "Steamboat Willie" Mickey cartoon was used for the train whistle on Runaway Railway.
"It ties that legacy all the way through from the beginning to today," Shaver-Moskowitz.
Unfortunately, you won't be able to walk right up and jump in line to ride.
Unlike the Florida park, the ride won't have a standby queue when it opens to the public.
Instead, Disneyland will use the park's virtual queue system for the attraction.
In other words, if you want to ride Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, you'll need to make sure you have the Disneyland app downloaded on your phone and have your park tickets linked to the app.
You'll then need to make sure your tickets are connected with anyone heading to the park with you who may also want to ride together.
After all of that, you have to hit a few buttons in the app at a certain time and hope that you hit them fast enough before other parkgoers who are trying the exact same thing.
If it sounds a bit complicated and stressful, I get it. It totally can be. I've been relegated to handling virtual queues in my family.
For more on optimizing your chance at joining a virtual queue, you can read my previous guide on how to successfully use the virtual queue tool for a previous ride opening here.
Alternatively, if you don't want to use the virtual queue, or aren't successful at joining the queue, guests will also be able to purchase a Lightning Lane pass for an additional amount of money to skip the main queue.
If you don't want to deal with the stress of either of those, we're sure you can wait a few months and you'll be able to enter the standby queue hassle-free.
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Soarin' Around the World
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Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
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Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
The virtual queue will open at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT. Guests can also purchase a separate Lightning Lane arrival window (subject to availability) to get faster entry.
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- #3. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) 98% #3. ...
- #4. Dumbo (1941) 98% #4. ...
- #5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 97% #5. ...
- #6. Moana (2016) 95% #6. ...
- #7. Aladdin (1992) 95% #7. ...
- #8. Fantasia (1940) 95% #8.
- 1 'Home on the Range' (2004) – 5.4.
- 2 'Strange World' (2022) – 5.5. ...
- 3 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure' (2017) – 5.6. ...
- 4 'Chicken Little' (2005) – 5.7. ...
- 5 'The Black Cauldron' (1985) – 6.3. ...
- 6 'An Extremely Goofy Movie' (2000) – 6.3. ...
- 7 'The Three Caballeros' (1944) – 6.3. ...
- 8 'Dinosaur' (2000) – 6.4. ...
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- Lion King, 188K.
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- Ratatouille, 123K.
- Turning Red.
- Avengers: Endgame.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
- Thor: Love and Thunder.
- Hocus Pocus 2.
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- 5.2 Zaat (1971)
- 5.3 An American Hippie in Israel (1972)
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- 5.6 The Swarm (1978)
- 5.7 I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
- 5.8 Caligula (1979)
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