This is the first ride ever to be centered around Mickey Mouse and that means that Imagineers had ample opportunity to commemorate the history of Disney and the Mouse himself. One great way to do that? Easter eggs! We kept a keen eye out on our trip on the Runamuck Railroad to try and catch any hidden details and we spotted quite a few!
Spoiler warning in effect from here on!
Here are the things you might have missed on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway!
Pluto and the Picnic Basket
As Mickey and Minnie’s picnic goes awry, they aren’t the only ones affected. Pluto actually follows your train (carrying the picnic basket!). If you’re sitting in the back you can spot him. What a good boy!
As you head through the sewer into the city, take a close look at the nearby newspaper stand. The headline says “Oswald Wins!” in reference to Walt’s OG character design, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
In both the first and the last scene, you’ll notice a directional sign that points to Yensid Valley. “Yensid” is “Disney” spelled backward, and also the name of the iconic sorcerer from Fantasia.
The Great Moving Ride
Probably our favorite easter egg is located in the carnival scene where a poster advertised “The Great Moving Ride.” We appreciate the call back to The Great Movie Ride that used to live in this space. What a great way to remember the history of the Chinese Theatre!
1401 Flower Shop
At one point, you’ll find yourself passing the storefront of 1401 Flower Shop. This is a reference to the Imagineering department which is located on 1401 Flower Street. Additionally, you’ll see Pluto following along in the window, and take special note of Donald’s truck! It says “Dancewear Tutu You”, meaning he’s probably on his way over to Daisy’s Dance Studio.
The Park at 1928
At the start of the park scene, you’ll notice “1928” above the doorway. 1928 was a big year for Mickey — the year of his creation! Happy birthday Mickey!
1901 in the Sewer
And another date is featured above the arch in the sewer. 1901 was an important year for the Disney Company, and that’s because it was the year Walt Disney was born! Without him, we wouldn’t have a Disney Company or a Mickey Mouse at all!
Iwerks and Uwerks Waterworks
As you pass the water treatment plant, you’ll notice it has “Iwerks” in the name. This is a tribute to the Disney Animator who first drew Mickey Mouse, Ub Iwerks.
The name on the fortune teller advertisement is “Miss Fortunes,” a reference to the Miss Adventure Falls slide at Typhoon Lagoon. The slide used to be called “Miss Fortune Falls!” It also is a clever play on words, as ‘misfortune’ continuously falls upon Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto as they try and get to their picnic.
A Musical Twister
The twister scene on the attraction has a reference to the iconic “The Band Concert” Mickey short with musical instruments flying around in the storm.
House of Mouse
The city scene features a sign that says “Maison des Souris” which directly translates to “House of Mouse.”
Also in the city scene is an advertisement for a detergent that says “safe for ink & paint.” Sounds familiar, huh? That’s because The Ink & Paint department was integral to early animation!
The OC Register also caught a few more interesting tidbits on the ride! For instance, the attraction features sound effects that were originally created in the 1930s for Disney shorts and all of the new sound effects for the attraction were made using the same 1930s original equipment. Recognize that train whistle? That’s because it’s the same one used in “Steamboat Willie!”
Have you ridden Runaway Railway yet? Did you spot any Easter Eggs? Tell us in the comments!