Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Hollywood Blvd.
Height Requirement: None
Attraction Type: Family, Trackless
FastPass+ Attraction: Yes
If you’re looking for a family-friendly attraction that your kids (and you) will love, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is going to be your new best friend! I had such a blast experiencing this new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at opening! It was one that I had been waiting in anticipation for quite some time as Disney kept touting that it was using technology never experienced before. I wasn’t disappointed.
Although I am sad to see The Great Movie Ride gone from the Chinese Theater, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a great new addition that’s sure to stay around for years to come(I assume, they spent a lot of money on it).
I have to admit I was super nervous about opening because just mear weeks before they hadn’t said anything about FastPass+ and I was beginning to wonder if it was going to have a virtual queue like Rise of the Resistance. But alas, they did end up releasing FastPass+ reservations which I was able to score.
This meant they would be running two lines (more on this below) and of course guests with FastPass+ would have priority which important to have with a new attraction.
Arriving outside the old (and new) Chinese Theater and seeing the brand new marquee for the attraction gave me goosebumps. Some nostalgia came back to me but I was mostly excited to see the remodel inside and experience the new attraction.
I headed inside and was blown away at what they had done. The queue is a lot of fun to walk through and the biggest “distractor” I would say is the way they have you transition from “real life” to cartoon. You can see in the video below how this is done but it’s really cool!
Here’s what you can expect as a guest experiencing Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway:
There are 2 main lines, standby and FastPass+. FastPass+ requires advanced reservations of 30 or 60 days depending on if you’re staying on property or not. I highly recommend you make these as far out as possible as they fill up very quickly. There’s .00001% chance you could get one same-day by checking the app but highly unlikely right now.
Right now the FastPass+ wait time is about 15-20 minutes before you’re loaded but there are experiences before this.
The FastPass+ line goes directly into the Chinese Theater and winds around some railing as you look at some cool posters and Mickey and Minnie stuff. Eventually you’ll end up at a theater entrance where a Cast Member will take your group to one of three entrances.
Once the doors open to your theater, you’ll head on in to find yourself in front of a big screen watching a brand new Mickey Cartoon! Hurray! But things aren’t as they seem as Goofy ends up breaking the cartoon and Mickey and Minnie have to save him (and you).
When you first enter the theater room you’ll look around and wonder where you’re headed next (other than back out the same doors you came in). Not to worry! This is where you enter the cartoon, literally! It’s some really cool technology and is similar to that used on Rise of the Resistance.
After entering the cartoon you’ll be filled through some more railing and then finally make it to the loading area. Because Goofy was driving a train and you’re headed with him, you get to board a train! If you don’t look closely, you’ll think the train in all connected and being pulled by the engine car. Wrong!
The train cars are actually not connected and everything is running trackless via magnets. It’s actually really cool to see and plays an important role in the attraction.
You’ll board your train which has 2 rows to each car and each row can hold about 5-6 people in them. If you’re in a smaller group, like 2-3 you may be combined with others.
Now you’re off! The engine car is big some sitting a few cars behind it isn’t a bad idea. There is a screen with Goofy on the back of the engine car but Goofy isn’t the main focus of the attraction once inside so don’t worry about that.
You can expect some twists and turns, a tiny amount of screen time, some windy areas and some back and forths. Most people would not get sick riding this attraction. If you’re super sensitive, take something before or don’t ride.
If you do end up in the standby line you’ll probably end up waiting about 60-90 minutes, up to 120 on a busy day. The line winds outside and inside the attraction but for the most part you will be in the shade.
Be sure to see my video below of the attraction.
Get a FastPass+ reservation 60 days out.
There is no height limit for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway so anyone can go.
Download the Play Disney Parks App to maximise your fun in line!
When you’re boarding, aim for sitting somewhere towards the middle or back for better viewing.
If you have a smaller group, 1-3, you may be combined with others.
The line is broken up into two parts, prior to you entering the cartoon and after you’re inside. Both are wheelchair accessible.