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Disney Imagineers reveal preview of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction preshow

#WDI gave a sneak preview of the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction preshow opening in 2020.

Story by InPark publisher Martin Palicki in Orlando who is attending a Disney press preview

Imagineer Kevin Rafferty explained that guests will be visiting the Chinese Theater to see the new cartoon short “Perfect Picnic.” The actual theater in Hollywood has historical significance to Disney and Mickey Mouse, and is an appropriate home for the new attraction.

Guests are led to a small theater for a viewing of “Perfect Picnic.” The film starts with Mickey & Minnie headed off to a picnic with Pluto. They see Goofy driving a train and agree to meet later at the park. A little mayhem ensues and the train causes a giant hole to appear in the bottom of the screen.

Guests will then enter the ride through the screen and become a part of the cartoon.

Imagineer Sharita Carter says the attraction is not comparable to anything they’ve done before but likened the preshow to the Haunted Mansion’s stretching room in how it sets up the rest of the attraction.

The ride features a brand new story and catchy theme song, both written by Imagineering. The ride is expected to open in March, 2020.

Photos by Martin Palicki

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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