we’ve just learned brand new details about the construction of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the Disneyland Park.
Firstly, an opening year. In comparison to Walt Disney’s World’s opening of the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be opening at Disneyland in 2022.
It might seem a long way off but Disney is putting a lot of work into the show building over in Toontown.
The attraction will be housed within the El CapiTOON Theater where Mickey and Minnie are premiering their newest cartoon short, “Perfect Picnic”. However, before even entering the cinema, guests will travel through a special exhibit created by the Toontown Hysterical Society that will feature costumes and props from all over the toon world.
You can see some of this in the concept are below:
Let’s take a look at the El CapiTOON Theater which is being specially built as a unique entrance to the attraction at Disneyland:
Disney is also promising some pretty groundbreaking technology that will be going into the attraction at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you inside the wacky world of Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. You will board a train with Goofy as the engineer where things get a bit crazy from there and send you on a zany, out-of-control adventure!
The attraction will also come with an original story and theme song!
The park will include experiences, attractions and surprises for superhero fans, such as the inclusion of Spider-bots at the worldwide engineering brigade, "something that Peter Parker's been working on in Avengers Campus," says Marvel vp Ryan Penagos.
The Avengers Campus theme park, coming soon to Disney's California Adventure and Disneyland Paris, was given an inside look at the D23 stage in Anaheim on Friday.
Marvel vp and creative executive Ryan Penagos shared that the park will include experiences, attractions and surprises for superhero fans, such as the inclusion of Spider-bots at the worldwide engineering brigade (WEB), "something that Peter Parker's been working on in Avengers Campus," says Penagos.
He adds that Spider-Man's suit will be featured at Avengers Campus," noting that a big theme of the Campus is Tony Stark finding that next generation of Avengers. In the sneak peek, Penagos was able to play around and manipulate the armor of Spider-Man's suit.
"When guests visit Avengers Campus, they will become part of an interconnected, global story that spans from California to Paris to Hong Kong with the Avengers recruiting new extraordinary people to join them."
Showing a rendering of the project, which is set to debut in 2020, Penagos further clarified that the Avengers Global Initiative will be expansive in scope and feature many different stories of familiar Marvel heroes.
Watch the full clip below.
When Tomorrowland reopened as “New Tomorrowland” in 1998 at The Happiest Place On Earth, its entrance was marked by new signage in addition to huge bronze “french fry”-shaped rocks in front of the Astro Orbitor attraction that welcomes guests into the futuristic land. And today, it seems that Disneyland has decided to do away with the monuments that some guests have considered an eyesore for the past two decades.
According to images coming out of Disneyland this morning and a report in the Orange County Register, construction walls have gone up around the rocks, which are being removed as part of the park’s continued “Project Stardust” effort. The long-term project is intended to reduce congestion in the wake of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, maki the process of getting around a lot easier for guests, and includes the lowering of nearby curbs for smoother stroller and scooter access, according to the report.
While many long-time Disneyland fans and regulars are sure to cheer for the removal of these rocks, others will surely lament the loss of themed decorations at the Tomorrowland entrance. And it might be worth questioning the necessity for more Project Stardust changes to the park, especially when considering the lower-than-expected turnout for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Disneyland in general this summer.
Regardless, Disneyland officials have confirmed the removal of the rocks along the north side of the entrance, in addition to the “Tomorrowland” marquee sign (which has come and gone a few times in recent years). According to the OC Register, the remainder of the rocks will continue to be removed over the coming months.