Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. And my first taste of the Disney's first-ever Mickey Mouse-themed ride left me very hungry for more.Sometimes a taste really can whet your appetite. Of all the attractions on our list of most-anticipated new attractions for 2020, the only one I've been able to experience in person up until now (at least in part) has been Walt Disney World's
Opening in the Chinese Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios on March 4, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway puts guests into a new Mickey Mouse cartoon. Walt Disney Imagineering actually created a new cartoon for the attraction's preshow, leading into a ride where that new adventure comes to life.
Disney is using a variety of scenic illusions to bring the slapstick chaos of a Mickey Mouse cartoon into a dark ride without having to rely solely upon filmed media. With its Fantasyland attractions, Disney long ago established a model for theme park dark rides. Over the decades, Disney and other companies have extended that model through the use of more complex ride vehicles, multimedia, and interactivity. But I am eager to see what Disney can do with an attraction that looks to push that model into the future by reviving a great many classic theater-trick gags from the past.
From the moment you enter the theater, prepare yourself for the ride to challenge your expectations. I talked with the ride's Executive Creative Director, Kevin Rafferty, earlier this month in Florida about what fans can expect from Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.
Stay tuned tomorrow, as we conclude this trip on the 2020 Hype Train with a look ahead toward our most anticipated new attraction of the year.
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