This weekend Destination D has revealed a bunch of exciting new details about what is coming to the Disney Parks and Resorts, and they continue to share even more interesting information as the weekend progresses. Today Disney shared some specific details surrounding Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
One of the first things they addressed was why a Mickey Mouse themed attraction would be properly themed in the Chinese Theater. Disney’s reasoning was that back to 1931 Mickey Mouse starred in Mickey Steps Out, which premiered at the real Chinese Theater in Los Angles, California. So there is a historical connection between the two.
Before guests board the train they will first stop in a pre-show where they will watch a short animated film titled Mickey Mouse in a Perfect Picnic, which promises to set the scene before guests board the ride.
The ride vehicles are going to be painted with a special painting methodology that will allow the trains to appear appropriately in scenes with either white and black light.
Two of the Imagineers behind Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Charita Carter and Kevin Rafferty said that all the sound effects and noises that guests hear on the attraction came from real Foley sound props recorded in a studio rather than producing sounds digitally. This choice was a tribute to Jimmy MacDonald who was the original head of the Disney sound effects department. MacDonald also helped create the sound effects for attractions like Casey Jr. Circus Train. Another small detail regarding the sound effects is that the whistle guests will hear from the locomotive is the same slide whistle used in the 1928 animated film Steamboat Willie.
Chris Willis who has composed many of the Mickey shorts will be composing the music for the attraction. A 65-piece orchestra was recorded in Hollywood for the attraction’s score. Disney Legend Richard Sherman even lent a hand suggesting the music should be sing-able, simple, and sincere.
One of the final details they shared was the Goofy would be conducting the train. This was already speculated because you could see him at the front of the train in concept art, but nevertheless, it is now official.
This is a developing story if more details are released we will update this story immediately.