Disney Parks Blog announced some exciting news today, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is coming to Mickey’s Toontown.
We first heard about Mickey’s Runaway Railway at D23 in 2017:
Runaway Railway begins with Mickey and Minnie driving on a road that goes along a railroad track. When a train pulls up next to them with Goofy as the engineer, you’re invited on to the train. And of course, with Goofy in charge, the trip gets a bit zany. This addition to the Studios is themed to be a new short in the style of the new Mickey Mouse cartoons on Disney Channel. The shorts’ animators are part of the development.
The ride utilizes a new technology Called 2½D. 2½D is like 3D, but each element will be flat like it is in the cartoon. The extra dimension comes from the layering, and this technology will not require glasses.
Runaway Railway will be opening at Walt Disney World in Spring of 2020. And now we are thrilled to hear that the ride will also be ported to Anaheim. The show building will be taking over backstage areas and the entrance to the ride will be in the Gag Factory – Toontown Five & Dime. It will be opening in 2020.
There have been a lot of rumors that Toontown would be demolished in the coming years. Many people don’t like Toontown and would rather see it turned into a Fantasyland extension. Since they are adding a brand new attraction, it looks like Toontown won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. This isn’t a big surprise though.
Disneyland has always been a family park where adults and kids could spend time together. But lately, they have been making a lot of changes that get rid of some of the more family friendly attractions. The new lands going in don’t have many rides without height restrictions. Take Cars Land for example, Disney has added an entire new land that’s even focused on IP that’s aimed at kids and none of the attractions are safe for young toddlers. “a bug’s land” closed last September getting rid of all its kid rides and will be replaced with Marvel attractions that will likely all have height restrictions. We are glad to see that Mickey’s Toontown is going to stick around for a while.