Runaway Railway pushed back in Florida, added at Disneyland

April 19, 2019, 12:16 PM · Disney dropped a couple pieces of news this morning about its first Mickey Mouse-themed ride, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway.

First, its opening date at Disney's Hollywood Studios officially has been pushed back. At last fall's D23 Destination D event at Walt Disney World, Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek said that the ride would open in about one year from then, which would have put its debut this fall. However, Disney announced this morning that Runaway Railway will open instead in spring 2020.

But that's probably not the biggest news about this ride. Disney also confirmed that it will add the ride in Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland in Anaheim.

Disneyland officials have been coy about this one, but have made clear during their Project Stardust presentations to local media that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge isn't the only big new attraction coming to the park that they need to prepare for. Changes that Disneyland has been preparing backstage around Mickey's Toontown suggested that something new was coming to that area, and now Disneyland is confirming it.

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Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway is schedule to open at Disneyland in 2022. Taking its inspiration from the Paul Rudish/Joseph Holt series now running on The Disney Channel and Disney.com, the ride will follow Mickey and Minnie as they head out into the countryside for a picnic.

So how will we follow Disney's biggest stars? In a train driven by Goofy! What could possibly go wrong with that?

Plenty, of course. The misadventures on our "Runaway Railway" will include [spoiler alert] a stampede and scenes entitled "Carnival Chaos," "Tropical Torrent," and "Factory Frenzy" before we finally get to that picnic.

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Replies (19)

April 19, 2019 at 12:41 PM

I don’t think any of us are surprised by this announcement. Hopefully, it’ll be earlier in the spring, rather than later.

April 19, 2019 at 12:49 PM

Did Disney give any indication that Disneyland's version of the attraction would be in a new structure within Toontown or replacing an existing attraction (Roger Rabbit's Toontown Spin) like the version at DHS?

I guess so much for this ride taking some "heat" off crowds at Galaxy's Edge at DHS. Does Mickey's right hand even know what the left hand is doing anymore?

April 19, 2019 at 1:22 PM

My understanding is that this will be new construction at Disneyland and not replace Roger Rabbit. But I am not 100 percent certain of the exact location yet.

April 19, 2019 at 1:25 PM

Presume early enough in Spring 2020 to still be within Disney's Hollywood Studios anniversary year and plenty of time to learn if Roger Rabbit is getting dipped for this out west at Disneyland.

April 19, 2019 at 1:54 PM

The rumors of the delay have been going on for awhile, but this is really unfortunate to hear. I wonder if they'll come up with anything else to diffuse the crowds at DHS.

April 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Excellent news! No need to rush it- crowds will be insane either way. As for the Disneyland news, they never seem to surprise me when they add new attractions. It's so landlocked and tiny compared to WDW and it's fascinating to see how they continue to find spaces to build these attractions (sometimes at the cost of another attraction). I look forward to these changes! On another note- the Nemo ride and Autopia in Disneyland take up such a huge footprint of prime real estate. I personally would be okay to see both of them go (yes, the nostalgia is there, and the Nemo attraction's lagoon is beautiful against the Matterhorn). Those alone would free up a few acres of space. Who knows the future will bring!

April 19, 2019 at 2:26 PM

I would agree Shaun. I, and many others were (and still slightly) fearful that MMRR was going to be a cheap re-skinning of Great Movie Ride. This delay might indicate that they're taking the time to make sure it's a hit (either that or they can't figure out how to get that "2 and a half D" to work right). I wouldn't be surprised if Disney was really trying hard to get this open before Galaxy's Edge, but between the step up in GE's timeline and the delays on MMRR, it put the 2 openings on a collision course pitting the face of the company (Mickey Mouse) against the biggest IP on the planet.

Mickey Mouse deserves better, and hopefully this delay will not just allow for the new attraction to get its deserved fanfare, but that it gives Disney that much more time to make it the best attraction possible.

April 19, 2019 at 2:47 PM

I’m imagining a new building built very close to the existing Minnie & Mickey houses...and possibly the meet & greets going away...since they could easily do those in Town Square.

April 19, 2019 at 9:12 PM

Just took a look at Google Maps, the Gag Factory shop, where it's rumored to replace, is very small, and there looks to be a street/throughway and a large building, maybe parade float storage, behind it. I hope it doesn't replace Roger Rabbit, which is a solid D ticket.

I guess this announcement squelches any hopes for a third park coming any time soon. But if they're going to stay in Disneyland, Belle's village can go where the Fantasyland theater is, and Arendelle can go in the Motor Boat Cruise area. They would have to shorten the Monorail track and Autopia, but the Motor Boat Cruise is such an under utilized area. And don't remove the Subs.

Also, I heard a rumor that a Beauty and the Beast ride is being considered to replace Snow White and Pinocchio, that would be a travesty. I hate it when Disney thinks the latest thing is cool, lately its the live action remake, and although I like the Red Rose Tavern food, I think the Pinocchio theme fits better.

Instead of replacing those two, I would be ok with combining the space to make a more ambitious Snow White or Pinocchio. My preference would be to make an E ticket Pinocchio and put the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train somewhere else, although Snow White probably fits the castle forecourt better.

April 19, 2019 at 5:05 PM

Glad this is coming to DLR.

Toontown does need something new, & this seems like it could be a cool attraction. Wish it was coming sooner though, lol, but glad they're adding more to the park!

April 19, 2019 at 5:35 PM

Guess this means there's no chance of Toontown going anywhere anytime soon. I'm glad that if the land is to survive they're putting something significant back there, and this looks like it should be a solid modern dark ride. As for placement, everything I've heard says it will go behind Toontown in a brand new building, though it is possible Mickey's house (and/or Minnie's) could be transformed into part of the queue.

April 19, 2019 at 6:14 PM

Very disappointing. The ride could`ve taken some pressure off of GE, and given us another FP+ option.

April 19, 2019 at 8:12 PM

Still will early next year, all good.

April 19, 2019 at 10:18 PM

Bitterly disappointing to learn of this delay - it's going to make for a miserable experience trying to experience Star Wars.

April 20, 2019 at 10:17 AM

No surprise especially with Star Wars land around the corner. And yeah agreed Andrew, going to be an even more miserable experience in SW land.

April 20, 2019 at 6:15 PM

It will be interesting to see how this affects the fireworks operations as they necessitate early closures for Toontown. A ride of this scale will undoubtedly bring high crowds.

April 20, 2019 at 6:54 PM

First, I want to applaud Disney for trying to have more aggressive schedules. A 12 month delay is much better than nothing for 10 years.

However, I assumed DLR was going to be the problem park for GE. If this isn't open before DHS GE, I'm assuming a lot of complaints from people that couldn't ride anything the whole day because of capacity issues and sold-out Fastpasses.

It also has me concerned this may not be a D or E level ticket and they are just going to quietly open something after GE.

April 22, 2019 at 8:55 AM

I'm not sure what your concern is Jeff. Disneyland's version of Galaxy's Edge was always intended to be open first. While I expect it to experience some hiccups through the first month or so of operation, which will probably still occur at DHS's version of the land, crowding and guest frustration is likely to be far more tame in California than in Florida. That's why the thought was that Disney would open MMRR ahead of Galaxy's Edge in DHS. The opening of another high-capacity attraction would give DHS something else to absorb the intense crowds likely to jam the park. Disneyland already has plenty of other attractions to keep guests busy while they wait for their chance to see Galaxy's Edge. DHS needed MMRR to give guests something else to do, and its delay that's likely to extend the opening beyond even the debut of Rise of the Resistance will defeat the original intended purpose of replacing the Great Movie Ride.

The bottom line is that Disneyland doesn't need MMRR to divert crowds coming for Galaxy's Edge, but DHS did. I wouldn't be surprised that if MMRR does go into a brand new building within Toontown that Disney might use the roof of the new attraction as a replacement fireworks platform.

April 23, 2019 at 12:32 AM

mmmm... as always : Wait and see.
(We don't build the parks :-) )
... @ Jeff :
We, visitors all together, however could do something substantial at the waiting times excess at Disney parks : if we just all would be... "Going less to Disney parks." Problem solved... :-)

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