A brand new Walt Disney World attraction has just been announced at the 2017 D23 Expo!
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will replace The Great Movie Ride. Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek made the announcement, pointing out that the attraction “will be the first ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, with a new original story and lovable attraction theme song.”
The Great Movie Ride at the Chinese Theatre will be closed on August 13, 2017 in order for construction to begin on this brand new ride.
Disney Parks Blog has more on what’s in store:
On Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends like never before. The attraction will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure features surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes.
The attraction is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel. And the people who bring you the shorts at Disney Television Animation are partnering with us to help bring the attraction to life.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new story and a new singable attraction theme song as well as a new experience we’re calling “2 1/2 D.” No glasses required. Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty said teams are inventing new technologies that turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a “dimensional display of amazingness.”
“This is one of the boldest…most impossible things I’ve ever worked on in almost 40 years of being an Imagineer. And you know what? That’s what I love about it. Well, that, and Mickey,” Kevin said. “This is not going to be a small attraction, it’s going to be game-changing.”
Are you sad to see The Great Movie Ride disappear forever? Are you looking forward to finally experiencing a Mickey Mouse ride?
We’ll have more details as they coming in. Stay tuned here for more info!