It’s full speed ahead for the west coast line of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Construction is underway on Disney’s second installation of the dark ride, which will go into Disneyland’s Toontown.
Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock today posted a photo and short timelapse video of construction going vertical on the project.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway originally was announced to open in 2022, but Potrock revealed today that the ride now is scheduled for a 2023 debut.
The first installation of the ride opened at Walt Disney World in Florida just before the pandemic shut down Disney’s theme parks. That ride went into the old The Great Movie Ride space in the Chinese Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but this installation will go into a new building, which replaces a warehouse and other back-of-house facilities next to Disneyland’s Toontown.
It’s another major expansion for guest space in the original Disneyland park, which saw its biggest expansion in decades last year with the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
This one’s expected to be a clone of the Florida ride, which we reviewed when it opened in March. Here’s an on-ride POV, minus the preshow spoilers, if you are looking for an at-home taste of the in-park experience.
The Disneyland Resort remains closed while theme parks awaiting reopening guidance from the state of California.
I’m happy to see they finally went vertical. I imagined that they were going to wait a bit longer until they started but this is a good start. I do wonder though when during 2023 they’re looking to open it and if it’s exactly a year behind the original opening date or not.
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