Nothing Can Stop Us Now is the song that will get you hooked on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland and Disney World.
You are now reading the article of someone who has ridden both versions of the first ever Mickey Mouse inspired attraction at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
I have just returned from Disneyland and had the chance to experience the latest addition to Toontown and Disneyland Park.
As of this post, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway has been open for almost 3 weeks at Disneyland now and is the must-do attraction for you!
With that being said, I will go over everything you need to know in order to make sure you are able to experience this awesome, family-friendly adventure with Mickey, Minnie and all their pals!
I will also go over the differences between Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland and Disney World.
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Brief History of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Back in Mid- April of 2022, Disney Parks announced that following the success of the first version in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toontown at Disneyland Park, would be receiving its version in January 2023.
When did Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway open?
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway first opened at Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020.
Then the Disneyland attraction later opened on January 27, 2023 ahead of the Toontown refurbishment, which is scheduled to open March 8, 2023.
The attraction was originally scheduled to open in 2022 but the pandemic halted the proceedings.
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What type of ride is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway?
As mentioned before, it was the first Mickey Mouse based attraction, and inspired by the brand new Mickey Mouse shorts that can be watched on Disney+.
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How long is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway?
You’ll be happy to know that this Disney ride last a little under 5 minutes long.
Does Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway have a drop?
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway does not have a drop.
However, there are moments in the ride where you may feel as if it does due to the placement of the ride vehicle and the screens.
Is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway a roller coaster?
This Disney attraction is not a roller coaster. As mentioned earlier, it is a trackless ride experience similar to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway: Disneyland vs. Disney World
Now that you have a little history on this Disney ride, let’s go through a few slight differences between Disneyland and Disney World’s versions.
We will get into what’s inside in a few!
Disney World’s Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Facade
The Walt Disney World version was built within the Grauman’s Chinese Theater replica that once housed and replaced “The Great Movie Ride.”
Where is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney World?
Disneyland’s Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Facade
For Disneyland version, a brand new show building was created, clearing backstage space to achieve this.
The show building is called the “El Capitoon Theater”, a play on the “El Capitan Theater” which is actually owned by the Walt Disney Company and home to various movie screenings.
Where is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland?
But the show building is a straight shot upon entrance into Toontown, with Roger Rabbit’s Toontown Spin on your right hand side next to the new grassy area, where the Roger Rabbit Fountain once stood.
In between the two buildings in the Gag Factory, with the Town Hall building on the left hand side on Runaway Railway.
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Theme and Story of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland and Disney World
The story for the ride is that guests have been invited to the theater to see the world prem-ear of the brand new mickey mouse cartoon, “The Perfect Picnic.”
Get ready to fall in love with the catchy tune, “Nothing Can Stop Us Now” sung by Mickey and Minnie during the cartoon.
Disney World’s Queue
This queue takes you through the recreate lobby of the Chinese Theatre and feels as if you’re going through a Hollywood movie premiere.
You’ll also see unique and funny posters of Mickey Mouse and all his adventures throughout the queue. Not-to-mention, a surprising pre-show that I don’t want to ruin for you.
Throughout the queue, a special exhibit has been set up by the Toontown Hysterical Society called “Mickey Through the Ears”, that shows Mickey’s career through props, costumes and posters from the Toontown world.
A big hit are the posters, some of which, are puns of classic Disney movies like the “Parent Trap” being called “The Chipmunk Trap” and “The Rocketeer” being called “The Mouseketeer.”
Other posters feature every Mickey Mouse short from the beginning to now!
Storyline of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
During the premiere, Mickey and Minnie are on their way to their perfect picnic at the park and run into Goofy who is operating a train that surrounds it.
Along the way, a pie blocks his smokestack and makes the train pick up speed, crash into the railroad barn and causes a big mishap to take place.
We are then invited to take seats on the train as goofy gives us a tour of the park.
Due to a lever falling, we are disconnected from Goofy and so we are on a runaway train!
Mickey and Minnie sees this and go on a mission to stop that runaway train!
Plot of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (SPOILER ALERT)
Going forward, the entirety of the ride’s plot is going to be revealed, so please skip ahead if you want to be surprised.
But keep in mind, if you have ridden the version at Walt Disney World, it’s essentially the same ride.
Once your train begins its travels after running away from goofy, you end up in a desert scene, where Mickey and Minnie are on horses above trying to wrangle your train cars.
They get tangled up as Birds swoop in for the attack!
You move into another room where a carnival is taking place. Here you can catch Donald Duck running a stand and Mickey and Minnie in hot air balloons above the scene.
But before they can help you, the twister logo on a nearby attraction comes alive and whisks them, and you, away into a dark room with the twister at the center and Mickey and Minnie swirling within.
Tropical Island Scene
Somehow, you and the duo end up on a tropical island where a volcano is erupting!
You and the duo are whisked downstream into a waterfall, with us falling behind them into an underwater city.
After that, you will see some sea creatures playing some tunes and then you are being drained away into a sewage system.
City Nighttime Scene
You then find yourselves in a city at night and Pete causing chaos with a jackhammer.
Dance Lesson Scene
Suddenly, you find yourself preparing for a dance lesson taught by Daisy Duck which quickly switches to a fun conga line out of the studio!
Back Alley and Factory Scene
We conga our way into a back alley and into a factory, which Minnie Mouse warns us not to enter.
Unfortunately, we get caught on a conveyor belt and about to be crushed until Mickey and Minnie Mouse finds the switch that stops the belt and saves us!
The factory transforms into a park where we see Mickey, Minnie and Pluto enjoying their picnic in the park.
We rejoin Goofy’s “guided tour” as we watch the trio sing a slower rendition of the title song.
How to ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway?
For Walt Disney World you have two options: wait in the Standby Queue or get the Genie+/Lightning Lane upgrade to skip the line.
At Disneyland you can ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway two ways:
- Virtual Queue
- Lightning Lane
For the Virtual Queue, you can find the entire process here.
6 Pro Tips for Riding Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland
Since Walt Disney World’s process is pretty simple, let’s go over a few tips to secure your spot on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disneyland.
1. Confirm Your Spot Early
For Disneyland, you may confirm your party anytime within the 6 a.m. PST hour, which I recommend you do to save time on your process.
2. Don’t Worry About Being in the Park for the First Round
You don’t have to be in the park to book a boarding group for this ride but they do start the process at 7 a.m. PST and they go fast.
The first time I tried, everything was gone within 2 minutes.
3. Refresh Your Screen
The Disneyland App will have a button that you can refresh the screen when it’s time for you to book.
I recommend that you have your screen ready and be on it at least 10 minutes prior and refreshing consistently until 7 a.m.
Doing so, I was able to get Group 71. I have seen friends get the first 10 groups.
4. Test Your Service Early
You may ask if you should be on WiFi or on your cell service when getting a boarding group for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland.
This is dependent on the speeds of both for you. Try testing beforehand on the app to see which works best.
5. Try Again at 1 PM
Now if you can’t catch the 7 a.m. drop, Disney does have a second chance to grab a boarding group at 1 p.m. PST, but this time you will need to be in one of the parks.
6. Get the Lightning Lane
Another option is purchasing a Lightning Lane for the ride. During my visit, it was $15 plus tax.
Something to note with Lightning Lane is that you will miss out on the awesome queue but if you are okay with that, then not to worry!
And the price of the Lightning Lane will vary depending on the day you go.
My Finals Thoughts on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Overall, this attraction is an excellent addition to Hollywood Studios but especially Toontown and Disneyland as a whole.
It fits in perfectly as a fun, zany family-friendly ride that has plenty of the Fab Five Characters that we love.
This attraction also inspires Guests to watch the new stylized versions of the Mickey Mouse Shorts on Disney+.
Hipster Power Tip: Once you leave the ride, you can explore the parts of Toontown that are open currently.
As of now, thats really the Gag Factory, Town Hall and the grassy area near Roger Rabbit. Perfect for photo-ops until the land opens next month!
Do you have a version of the ride that you prefer? Do you think another Disney park should get the ride? Let us know in the comments section below!
About the Author
About the Author
Victoria is a professional solo traveler here to make your solo trips as stress free AND enjoyable as possible for you.
She has over 5 years of Disney and Non-Disney travel experience and was featured by POPSUGAR as one of the Top 50 Black Disney Creators you should follow.
She is a Proud Native to Baltimore, Md but always will call Disney World home. You can find her at Disney Tea with V.