*UPDATE: Tonight was amazing as the Mayne Mafia was able to join in during the amazing celebration of the opening and dedication of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway! The vibe was so energetic and the comments in the chat were so positive and everyone was looking forward to seeing the newest and more importantly, the attraction that honors the Boss himself, Mickey Mouse. With the dancing from the Fab 5, to lights, camera, fireworks, music and action I was so happy to be able to walk with you guys up the red carpet and show you this awesome attraction ‘in real life’ LIVE as it was happening!! THAT my friends is what this channel is all about. Bringing you, the Mayne Mafia, right into the middle of things, as they happen and unfold, so that you can experience it along with me and everyone else.
Then, how cool was it that we met up with Kevin Rafferty, the Executive Creative Director of the attraction itself and the imagineer that we were able to interview during the Rise of the Resistance preview. He and the creative team we talked to were super stocked themselves and if that was not enough, he climbed on board with us so that we got to talk to him along the ride!! I thought I was going to pass out!! Again, you never know just what is going to happen during a live stream and that is why I love bringing live streams to you.
I cannot wait to bring you on the ride again (very soon, wink, wink) and especially have you experience the attraction yourself. Even though live streams are amazing, and Instagram and Facebook, there is nothing like experiencing this ride for yourself in person. I truly hope that you will be able to come to Walt Disney World and Disney’s Hollywood Studios soon but in the meantime, see ya reel soon!! Below you can read about the attraction and the creative minds that brought it to life, my opinion and of course, the live stream of the dedication ceremony and the ride through.* It was an amazing day and night, from learning about the new things coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, checking out new merch and even getting to talk to Josh D’amaro, the President of Walt Disney World, this day was truly spectacular!
The time has come and the train has left the station! It’s a world premiere nearly a century in the making! When Mickey Mouse burst upon the silver screen in 1928 as the star of “Steamboat Willie,” he changed the world of entertainment forever. With his childlike innocence, impish sense of humor and “mousy” attitude, Mickey is adored the world over and has become a cultural icon synonymous with Disney. Through all of his many adventures, though, there’s one thing Mickey has never done: starred in his own ride through attraction in a Disney theme park. Can you believe that?? That is about to change on March 4, 2020, with the debut of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. I am so super honored and privileged and excited to be able to bring you a sneak preview of the excitement as they “roll out the red carpet” and we get to see the magic and innovation that went into this historical debut!
In this bold and innovative new family adventure, guests go through the movie screen inside the park’s re-creation of the Chinese Theatre and into the whimsical world of Disney Television Animation’s Emmy Award winning“Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. There they discover why “mouse rules apply” and anything can – and does – happen! With an original “Mickey Mouse” story by Walt Disney Imagineering featuring the new song “Nothing Can Stop Us Now.”
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a celebration of Disney heritage and a showcase for state-of-the-art storytelling and attraction design. It’s a charming experience for the entire family – from grandparents to grandchildren and everyone in between – full of surprises and pure, joyous fun befitting those true originals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Anything Can Happen: The Story of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway invites families to begin their adventure together at the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They’re ushered inside the theater for the premiere of a new “Mickey Mouse” cartoon short, “Perfect Picnic,” written by Walt Disney Imagineering and produced by Disney Television Animation. I was able to ride this attraction during the preview today a couple of times and each time it is something new and different to see. Frankly, there is so much going on in these awesome scenes, that you will not be able to see everything the first, second or even third time. It is like a new ride each time you got on it.
In the story, Mickey and Minnie set off on a journey to find the best spot for a romantic picnic, taking their little red convertible for a drive through Runnamuck Park. Little do they know Pluto has accidentally stowed away in the trunk of their car, so when the roadster hits a bump and the dutiful dog flies out … mayhem ensues. It’s at this point Disney magic brings guests through the movie screen and into the cartoon world, where they join Engineer Goofy on a train ride on the Runnamuck Railroad, following Mickey and Minnie through the park on their quest for that perfect picnic. And with Goofy at the helm, what could possibly go wrong? A lot, actually, as along their journey guests will: Stampede through the Wild West Visit a carnival Avoid a swirling twister Escape an exploding volcano Dive over a waterfall … and much more It’s up to Mickey and Minnie to keep guests out of trouble, all while poor Pluto tries to catch up and bring them their picnic basket! Classic Disney Storytelling, Driven by State-of-the-Art Design Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway blends classic Disney attraction design with cutting-edge technology to turn a two-dimensional cartoon world into a rich, vibrant environment.
The attraction features a combination of physical sets, Audio-Animatronics figures, animated media and projection-mapping techniques, all syncing in time with trackless vehicles and a jaunty musical score. The attraction experience is an all-encompassing environment full of rich and varied storytelling. Guests have the freedom to look in all directions and may see different details depending on which vehicle they ride in – and where they’re sitting within each vehicle. Several scenes make transformations right before guests’ eyes by combining theatrical effects in ways never seen before on a Disney attraction. Projections are used across multi-plane scenic flats and dimensional sets to provide depth of field while still maintaining a cartoon aesthetic. Disney Imagineers experimented with new printing and painting techniques in ultraviolet light – mixing them with scenic elements and projections – to create an environment evoking the vibrant, hyper reality of a “Mickey Mouse” cartoon. Trackless vehicles that carry guests through Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway become their own characters in the story, each reacting differently to the action as it unfolds around them with their own specific animation programming. In one scene, they scurry away in fear from a volcano, while in another they dance in formation to music. I don’t know about you guys, but I cannot wait!! Audio-Animatronics figures appear throughout the attraction, giving guests up-close encounters with beloved Disney characters. Just how cool does this sound!
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