Walt Disney World Resort’s newest ride – Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – had just opened before the COVID-19 shutdown.  Unfortunately, some of the buzz surrounding its opening has been lost amidst the chaos. However, the attraction is sure to be a highlight for many as the park re-opens in 2020 and into 2021. Let’s take a closer look at the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride at Hollywood Studios.

Since it first opened in 1971, Walt Disney World has undergone changes and expansions at every step along the way.  Today, we can say with confidence that the resort is bigger and better than ever before!

But while classic attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, Jungle Cruise, and Hall of Presidents as still perennial favorites, Disney World ‘s newest attractions bring new technology and exciting visual effects to the table.  Disney mixes the retro with the state-of-the-art, cutting-edge like no one else!

2019 saw the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the magnificent Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs, the Skyliner gondola system, among other new additions to the park.

And, before the COVID-19 shutdown, 2020 was shaping up to be a banner year. We were all anticipating the new rides, resort hotels and restaurants, and the new re-imagination of Epcot.

But not all in lost. There’s still plenty of fun things to see and do during the latter half of 2020! We can still salvage some of the excitement 2020 promised as the park re-opens to the public.

2021 will be Disney World’s 50th anniversary, and we have many things to look forward to (like Tron and Guardians of the Galaxy rides). But while we are still in 2020, we can still focus on the exciting new additions and especially the grand opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

What is the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway?

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a fun, family-friendly ride that is full of surprises! It’s categorized as a trackless dark ride and located in Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios theme park, inside the replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway replaces The Great Movie Ride.

Disney World’s version was first announced at the July 2017 D23 Expo as part of the proposed 23 improvements to Disney Parks.

After several years of construction, the attraction opened on March 4, 2020.

It’s the first Disney attraction to feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and the first Mickey Mouse-themed ride-through attraction at a Disney theme park.

Another version of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is scheduled to open at Disneyland during the 2022 season. It will be located in Mickey’s Toontown. See our Disneyland Map page for the location.

About the Ride and the Experience

The brand-new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction is based on the recent highly-acclaimed Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. The ride features Micky, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto.

The Queue

The attraction begins as guests enter into the marvelous replica of The Chinese Theatre.

The queue showcases a series of Mickey Mouse cartoon short posters as you wind your way through the lobby and into the auditorium.

The Experience

The attraction begins as guests watch a new Mickey and Minnie cartoon short (Perfect Picnic) and then board the train where they become a part of the cartoon.

Guests climb aboard the runaway railway and embark on a wild ride with unexpected twists, turns,  gags, and unbelievable transformations along the way.

Micky and Minnie accidentally pack Pluto in the truck with their picnic basket before taking a leisurely cruise in their sporty roadster.  Engineer Goofy’s train follows closely behind. The wild ride is just beginning!

Guests embark on a fun-filled ride with unexpected twists, turns,  gags, and unbelievable transformations along the way.

This is a thrilling adventure for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse fans of any age. Despite being only a few months old, we already think it’s one of the best rides at Hollywood Studios, especially for young families to enjoy.

Note: There is no height requirement, so this attraction is suitable for preschoolers.

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