Saturday, April 17, 2021

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 ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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