It's time for training on Disney's new Mickey Mouse ride

January 31, 2020, 1:33 PM · We're just a little over one month away from the official opening of the new Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway ride at Walt Disney World, and Disney's Imagineers have turned over the attraction to the park's operations team for training.

Disney just posted a promo video with new Walt Disney World President Josh D'Amaro and a few of the opening crew trainers, who are preparing for the ride's March 4 opening at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In the video, you can catch glimpses of the new preshow and ride load areas inside the Chinese Theater building at the heart of the park.

I trained quite a few fellow cast members when I worked attractions in the Magic Kingdom back in (uncontrollable coughing fit). You might think the video just promotional fluff, but upper managers do get training in attractions and other operations from time to time at Disney. When I worked Pirates of the Caribbean, I spent a day training a Disneyland Paris executive, for example.

You can read a couple of my training tales in Stories from a Theme Park Insider:

For more about the new ride, check out our sneak peek inside Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, which includes an interview with creative director Kevin Rafferty.

After opening at Disney's Hollywood Studios in March, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway will come to Disneyland's Toontown in 2022. For tickets to the Disney theme parks, visit our travel partner's officially authorized Disneyland tickets and Orlando-area attraction tickets pages.

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February 3, 2020 at 2:14 PM

I just can't get excited for this attraction, and this video doesn't add anything new to my eyes. This attraction has a Superstar Limo feel, and while I think it will eventually find an audience in DHS, particularly with guests with little ones that have virtually nothing to do in a park full of height restricted attractions, I fear that Disneyland's version will fall flat.

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