It’s been rumored for months and now it’s finally confirmed. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is getting another E-Ticket attraction, but this time, one has to go away. The new attraction is named Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and will feature, you guessed it, Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
On this brand new, one of a kind attracion, you will 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 current Mickey Shorts on the Disney Channel. And the people who bring you the shorts at Disney Television Animation are partnering with Disney Imagineers 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.
Now don’t worry, it won’t be 3D! Disney is designing a new kind of experience they’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.”
In order to make room for the attraction and have it built in a timely manner, The Great Movie Ride will be closing permanently August 13, 2017. But don’t worry, the facade of the Chinese Theatre is said to be remaining.