Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is replacing Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, replacing the opening-day Great Movie Ride.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the first-ever ride starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, is replacing the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Details for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway were unveiled during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017. On Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, riders will “step through the movie screen,” according to Imagineer Kevin Rafferty, for a “zippy zany out-of-control adventure” inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short. The ride features “mind-boggling transformations,” and Rafferty says “you are not going to believe what you see.”

The attraction is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel, and the art director, composer, and supervising director of the shorts at Disney Television Animation are working on the attraction, which will begin with the premier of a brand-new Mickey cartoon short.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new story and a new “loveable singable” attraction theme song as well as a new experience Disney is dubbing “2 1/2 D.” Rafferty said teams are inventing new technologies that turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a “dimensional display of amazingness,” using advanced projections to bring the “flat not-flat” world of the cartoons to life without the need for 3-D glasses.

“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.”

August 13, 2017 will be the final day of operation for The Great Movie Ride presented by Turner Classic Movies. However, the Chinese Theater facade is expected to remain. There is no announced opening date for the new ride.

Here’s the full D23 Expo presentation about the new Mickey ride:

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios

Watch these videos for a virtual farewell to the Great Movie Ride, which was the last remaining opening-day attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Walk-through The Great Movie Ride during goodbye event from Disney Parks Blog
The Great Movie Ride - Full Ride with Cowboy Scene at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Finale Montage for The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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  1. We will miss this ride as we dont arrive until sptember for halloween.

    If they had updated the scenes every coupke of years that would have made more sense.

    Think how many classic movies they could have covered

    Instead of Alien we could have had 2001 in place of Oz would have been gone with the wind.

    Still wait with baited breath for this new ride as I quite like these shorts now as I am getting used to this style of animation

    1. They weren’t allowed to update the films per their agreement with MGM, they had their hands tied: keep an “irrelevant” attraction that few in this generation get, or change it completely, while finally giving Mickey Mouse his own ride.
      I only wish it was a journey through Mickey’s great adventures, all the way back to Steamboat Willie, and that they incorporate all of his animated versions, including the classic one we all know and love.

  2. I dont like. This Mickey Train Ride will wreck. This will be like the stunt show. Disney will beg TMC.
    And remember the Dus ey stores when Children’s place took over and turned all the stores white. Well i predicted that Disney would take the stores back . And Disney did.