Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Disney's Hollywood Studios Debuts Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Family Dark Ride

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Mickey Mouse finally has his own dark ride dedicated to him in a Disney Park with the grand opening today of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.  The unique dark ride features a zany experience in the world of modern Mickey cartoon shorts as passengers head on a trip to the park in a train led by Goofy with Mickey and Minnie nearby in their roadster.

As one might expect, the simple trip to the park goes awry pretty quickly, and that's where the 'zany' aspect of the ride begins.  The train that you ride in breaks apart and the trackless ride vehicles head through scenes such as a stampede, a fun fair, over a waterfall and underwater, through busy city streets and more.  Eventually Mickey & Minnie get riders back on track, pun intended, but not without quite the adventure having taken place.

No 3-D glasses are required for the experience, which features practical sets along with animatronics and a serious ton of projection mapping that can change scenes completely in the blink of an eye.

The trackless vehicles, when we've longed for in U.S. Disney Parks for some time are put to great use here.  They move about so that the train cars are in different orders throughout the ride, giving riders a unique perspective of each towering scene.  It also means that by sitting in a different car each ride the experience is different; the attraction is highly repeatable. 

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway is also set to debut at Disneyland in California in 2022.

For now if you want a spoiler filled point of view trip on the attraction, check out the video below from Attractions Magazine.