Can You Spot the Differences Between Both Versions of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway?
Disney World is no longer the only place you can ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway — the second version of the ride is now open in Disneyland Park!
If you’ve already ridden its counterpart in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you may be curious to know what or if anything is different about the two rides. Well, you’re in luck — we’ve got all the different features of each ride right here!
Hollywood Studios vs. Disneyland
In Disney World, you can find Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in the Chinese Theatre in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The ride replaced The Great Movie Ride, the former attraction located in that spot.
In Disneyland, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway can be found in Mickey’s Toontown at the El CapiTOON Theater.
So the exteriors of both rides are VERY different, and the ride queues also have some big differences, so let’s go over them below.
In Hollywood Studios, the ride queue is inside the Chinese Theatre, which kept most of its details based on the actual Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Throughout the Hollywood Studios queue are posters for some of Disney’s recent cartoons, such as “Split Decision,” a 2016 episode of Mickey Mouse.
Disneyland’s version of the ride also has many posters hanging around the queue, including movie parodies…
…as well as actual cartoons.
The ride queue in Disneyland takes guests through the history of Toontown…
…as well as the evolution of the animation of Mickey, with props from Mickey’s past works such as Fantasia, Steamboat Willie, and more, which makes the queue really fun and entertaining!
Now let’s break down the pre-show!
The pre-show for both versions of the ride is the same cartoon, “Perfect Picnic,” but the experience is a little different.
The Hollywood Studios version of the ride maintains the Chinese Theatre theme.
The cartoon plays on the big screen…
…followed by an “explosion” that transports guests into the cartoon.
When you enter the final portion of the queue in Hollywood Studios, everything is cartoon-themed, with all the decor having a 3D cartoon effect. The idea is that you’ve been transformed into a cartoon!
In Disneyland, however, this is what the pre-show area looks like!
It has a bit of a different vibe.
After the pre-show in Disneyland, you enter a final queue area that looks just like the Hollywood Studios ride, where everything makes you feel like you’re in a cartoon.
The ride vehicles are very similar, too.
But is the ride itself any different?
Now when it comes to the actual ride experience, it’s basically the same on both coasts.
The only differences we observed were that the ride felt like it had a bit more movement in Disneyland, and we were told by a Cast Member that there was an additional tunnel scene, but we didn’t notice it.
Also, another Cast Member told us that the Disneyland version of the ride goes in the opposite direction as Hollywood Studios!
So while there are some key differences between the two versions of the ride, you’re still getting the same ride experience, essentially.
Keep following along with us as we cover all kinds of Disney news!