Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway: The Spoiler-Free Review

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway debuts today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Some folks, like me, have been looking forward to Runaway Railway’s opening since the day it was announced.  They won’t be disappointed.  I’ve recently experience the ride, and it’s everything it should be – a classic, funny, family-friendly ride for a park that needs more things like this.

The show building for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the Studios’ Chinese Theater, and the former home of The Great Movie Ride.  Inside the building, the queue area for Runaway Railway looks reasonably similar to the old queue area for Great Movie Ride.  The differences start in the pre-show.  Guests seem to be organized into groups of around 32 people, and then led into small theater spaces.  A film clip plays, explaining the ride’s setup: Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto are going out for a drive.  They pass Goofy, who’s conducting a train.  And then … things happen.  I won’t spoil the ride by describing what happens.

Here’s part of the pre-show:

The Ride

Guests board a train, conducted by Goofy.  There are 4 train cars, each with 2 rows of 4 people, so 32 people per train.   There are 10 or 11 show scenes, depending on whether you count the last bit as a scene.  All the scenes feature Disney’s latest seamless projection technology, vibrant colors, and elaborate sets.  The projection clips are fast-paced, clever, and funny.  Speaking of fast, I’m pretty sure I saw a reference to Toy Story’s Zurg in one of the scenes – let me know if you spot it.  There’s also one scene with a great demonstration of the capabilities of Disney’s trackless ride technology.

Here’s a layout of the ride, courtesy of OrlandoParkStop.com. The layout shown seems to exactly match the ride:

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Ride Layout
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Ride Layout

The whole ride took around 4 1/2 minutes.  I think the ride capacity is somewhere between 1,500 and 1,600 guests per hour. I’ll re-time that tomorrow when I can ride multiple times.

Touring Tips for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Because it’s one of three family-friendly rides in the park, expect Runaway Railway to be crowded from the moment the park opens.  It will also attract crowds because it’s at the center of the park, at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.  Runaway Railway’s ride capacity seems like it’ll be slightly higher than Slinky Dog Dash.  If you can’t get FastPasses for either ride, my suggestion would be to ride Slinky first, then Runaway Railway.  (We’ll see if that changes once Runaway Railway starts operating with regular guests today.)

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a Tier 1 FastPass+ attraction for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so you’ll be able to get FastPasses for it, Slinky Dog, or Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.  To save time in line, get FastPasses for whichever one you can.  When the park opens, head for one of the other rides you didn’t get FastPasses for, as soon as the park opens.  While you’re in that line, try to get a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance.

The Mickey Mouse Cartoons

If you’ve not yet seen the new Mickey Mouse cartoons, they’re all available for free on YouTube.  Around 94 of them have been released since 2013, each of them a 5-minute gem of storytelling, humor, and animation.  My favorite is Potatoland, which is pretty much the platonic ideal of a modern Mickey Mouse cartoon:

The Rating

The Studios really needs more rides like Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – it’s a great ride for the entire family, it fits in well with the overall theme of the park, and it’s every bit as good as the new Mickey Mouse cartoons.  I need to ride it a few more times to finalize the rating.  For now I’d say it’s probably going to be between 4 and 4 1/2 stars.

What are your thoughts on this ride? Are you excited to experience it? Let us know in the comments.

Len Testa

Len Testa is the co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and has contributed to the Disneyland and Las Vegas Unofficial Guides. Most of his time is spent trying to keep up with the team. Len's email address is len@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @lentesta.

10 thoughts on “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway: The Spoiler-Free Review

  • March 4, 2020 at 10:37 am
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    So glad to hear this i am a big fan of the new Mickey shorts and have been very excited for this attraction. Thanks Len!

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  • March 4, 2020 at 5:45 pm
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    I see it is a family attraction and I am really grateful that your report doesn’t have any spoilers, but please could you confirm how fast this attraction goes i.e. is it a roller coaster travelling at the speed of big thunder mountain or is it about the same speed as the great movie ride? Or something in between? Thanks

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  • March 4, 2020 at 5:50 pm
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    @Ruth: the ride has NO height requirement whatsoever. You can take your newborn infant on it. That should be a good indicator.

    Physically, it’s basically just like the great movie ride if your vehicle could move in any direction on the floor (instead of just going straight along a track).

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  • March 4, 2020 at 6:24 pm
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    This is so awesome!!! I seriously CANNOT WAIT for us to get it out here at Disneyland (2022 is so far away!). The ride looks technologically very similar to Rise of the Resistance, in the sense that there’s not a traditional track layout for the ride. Is that pretty accurate?

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  • March 4, 2020 at 7:34 pm
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    Hi Ruth! It’s much more like a standard Disney dark ride – about as fast as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

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  • March 4, 2020 at 7:37 pm
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    Neal, yes – it’s a trackless ride, and there are some really great uses of the trackless technology. You’ll love it.

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  • March 4, 2020 at 11:35 pm
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    The rooms are too big. Not enough combustion. Needs more intimacy, not just successive gymnasiums. Mystic Manor seems to have the next generation tech without losing dark ride personality. Here every room feels like a warehouse. There is a lot of really slick, very impressive spectacle but not much heart. – It also is too eclectic, scenes just change, even midroom for no apparent reason. It’s like jarbled psychedelic trip. There is no storyline thread.
    One good thing is that there is so much going on it will probably take 20 rides to apprehend it all.
    Tom cordless makes a great point in his review, and it should be repeated until fans protest, what about WDWorlds blessing of space? Why does every ride have to be repurposed? Why can’t the parks be expanded? Only greed accounts for so many beloved rides over the years being destroyed. Tron and Ratatouille aside, How many ticket price increases does it take to expand instead of destroy?

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  • March 5, 2020 at 1:11 pm
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    Thanks! That’s so cool. Can’t wait. 🙂

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  • March 10, 2020 at 12:12 am
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    This looks fascinating. I’ve never seen the new Mickey shorts, but i assume it could be appreciated without that. I know that nostalgia makes fans want to keep everything forever, but I have to admit to thinking the Great Movie Ride was past due for a change-out and this sounds like it’ll be a great replacement.

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  • October 2, 2020 at 4:06 pm
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    the ride was not worth it. the scenery and decoration inside and outside of the building is still chinese and does not go with the mickey theme. the ride itself was very slow and had a lot of things happening at once so i couldn’t tell what was going on, it has a lot of potential but it just wasn’t there. i also didn’t understand the story line or what was happening.

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