ANAHEIM, Calif. — Disneyland has unveiled its newest attraction on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company.
The El CapiTOON Theater in Disneyland’s Toontown is Mickey’s home and the Mini Fugitive Railroad.
This is where guests are invited to a worldwide “audition” of Mickey and Minnie’s latest animated short, The Perfect Picnic.
However, the magic of Disney will transport visitors through the movie screen into the world of cartoons.
“It fits into Mickey’s story. It’s very cute; it’s wild,” said Jennifer Schwartz, the ride’s lead concept designer. “They’re about to go on their perfect picnic together, but of course chaos ensues when Pluto gets stuck in the car and then they hit a bump and voila.”
Runaway Railway starts out as a relaxing train ride, but the cars quickly turn into wild and wacky adventures through the cartoon’s changing scenes.
“To see it with the guests and show it to everyone and show how proud we are is just a wonderful moment for us,” said Jeff Shaver-Moskowitz, executive producer of the attraction and executive producer of Disneyland’s fantasy portfolio.
He said the trip has been alive for six years.
People who want to experience the ride will have to use a virtual queue through the Disneyland app.
While waiting in line, Schwartz said people will be able to explore the “Mickey Through the Ears” exhibit, which will feature props and costumes from Mickey’s early days to the present day.
“You can relate to the original Mickey Mouse, and you can relate to the modern Mickey Mouse and still feel the same way about him,” Schwartz said.
That feeling of love for Mickey Mouse and his friends will keep Disneyland visitors flocking to this new attraction.
“Having reason to know that no matter when you met Mickey, no matter when you fell in love with him, he’s the same lovable Mickey that we all fell in love with,” Shaver-Moskowitz said.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens Friday, January 27th.
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