We Had An Early Look at Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Hollywood Studios!

We’ve been at Hollywood Studios A LOT lately, with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. However, we can’t forget the other major attraction coming to Hollywood Studios next year!

As part of Disney’s big media event, we got an early look at the pre-show for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway! Let’s take a look at the biggest premiere of 2020, shall we?

The pre-show takes place in the Chinese Theater, and our reporters have said the experience reminds them a lot of The Great Movie Ride.  New additions include digital posters on the walls showing shorts that have already premiered at the theater. This is original artwork, meant to show the theater’s history.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Concept Art ©Disney

The music is done by Christopher Willis, who composes the soundtrack for the Mickey Mouse cartoons that inspired this attraction. Each song is one of Willis’s favorite pieces from the series, composed in the style of the Golden Age of Hollywood! If you’ve listened to the covers of Disney classics playing at the gates to Hollywood Studios, you have an idea of what to expect.

Finally, the main attraction! Guests are ushered into the theater to watch the premiere of Mickey and Minnie’s newest short: “The Perfect Picnic!” An original number, Nothing Can Stop Us Now plays during the short! The song is definitely cheery and upbeat, but considering this is a ride about a runaway train, I can’t help but think it might be getting an ironic reprise!

The short also gives us another glimpse into the attraction’s story! Mickey and Minnie are preparing for a day in the park, when poor Pluto accidentally gets shoved into the trunk! As they begin their leisurely drive, they see Goofy driving a train and give him a friendly greeting!

However, once they cross the tracks, Pluto is launched out of the trunk with a pie and jams the train’s smokestack! The engine overheats and then explodes, taking out the screen with it! When the dust clears, a portal has opened to the cartoon world, while Goofy enlists your help in reuniting Pluto with his owners! This was the most spectacular part of the pre-show! That transition between cartoon and live-action was insane!  Unfortunately,  our preview ended before we could board the ride vehicle, so we’ll have to wait until March 4th  to see what happens next!

Hollywood Studios Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway ©Disney

It should be noted that the Disneyland version of this attraction will have a slightly different pre-show. We haven’t gotten a preview yet, but we know it’ll be set in the whimsical El Capi-toon Theater, and have a much more cartoony tone throughout the queue.

Disneyland Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Concept Art ©Disney

We also know the queue will draw some inspiration from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, showing off “props” from the Toontown Hysterical Society as opposed to the more grounded posters and animation cels in the Hollywood Studios version.

Disneyland Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Concept Art ©Disney

We can’t wait until March 4 to ride this in Disney World!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ©Disney

Are you excited for this new attraction? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Disclosure: We were invited by Walt Disney World to attend the media preview of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.

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Austin Lang is an Orlando local with a love of Disney, puns, and Disney puns. He's been a contributing writer for AllEars since 2019, and has been sharing his quirky view of Disney life ever since.

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2 Replies to “We Had An Early Look at Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Hollywood Studios!”

  1. Pluto wasn’t accidentally shoved into the trunk. The preshow of the ride shows Minnie literally kicking Pluto hard into the trunk with no care at all. It’s very disturbing. I wish Disney would change it. I’m surprised they did that 🙁

  2. So excited to see this in June. I will miss the GMR, but so excited for some new experiences. Actually, a lot of new experiences.