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  • On March 4th, 2020 Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • in Walt Disney World.

  • This trackless dark ride incorporates state of the art technology that transports you

  • right into the wacky cartoon world of a Mickey Mouse short.

  • It's a really fun and since each ride vehicle takes a different path, there are 4 separate

  • experiences you can have.

  • Technologically there's lot that goes into this ride but when you look other newer Disney

  • rides, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is jam-packed with the most hidden details

  • we've seen in a while.

  • There's probably a lot you haven't noticed or didn't know.

  • So today we're gonna talk about some Disney history as we count down the Top 10 Secrets,

  • Details and Easter Eggs in Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

  • Number 10 From the moment you enter the park, you can't

  • help but notice the Chinese Theatre and the gorgeous neon marquee sign.

  • Neon is used a lot on Hollywood Blvd and Sunset blvd as its authentic to era of the golden

  • age of Hollywood.

  • The theatre is an exact replica of the Graumans Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California which

  • opened in May of 1927.

  • To promote the Cinemascope format of film, this neon sign was installed at the front

  • of the theatre in 1953 and remained at the forefront until 1957.

  • Imagineers based the marquee right off of this Cinemascope sign.

  • You can see the neon at the top of the sign is almost an identical replica of the original

  • design including this same curved section.

  • Imagineers also used pink, yellow and turquoise colours as were seen on the original sign.

  • So itty fun to know the authenticity of the Chinese continues right into the Marquee sign

  • for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

  • Number 9 When it comes to a Disney Dark ride, sound

  • plays an important role.

  • Part of the sound design for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway includes a catchy new original

  • theme song.

  • {Singing} Nothing can stop us now, I don't know how we could have any trouble.

  • It goes back to the old school days in the Disney theme parks when a lot of the attractions

  • were created with original songs like the Tiki Room, Pirates and Haunted Mansion.

  • So in terms of sound it's really great Disney went back to these roots but they also went

  • even further back into the roots of Disney animation history.

  • In the attraction you have conductor Goofy driving the train whistle you hear throughout

  • the ride experience is actually made from the same tri-tone whistle that was used in

  • Steamboat Willie in 1928.

  • Using the same whistle is even more significant since SteamBoat Willie was Mickey's big

  • screen debut and Runaway Railway was Mickey's big ride debut.

  • Now if you watch the Mickey Mouse Shorts, sound effects are used a lot to help tell

  • the story and on the ride its no different.

  • Some of these sound effects are the original sound effects created by Jimmy MacDonald for

  • the shorts in the 1930s.

  • In addition to the existing sounds, Imagineers created some new sound effects using his original

  • equipment from the archives.

  • So there's a lot of Disney animation sound history right here in this brand new ride.

  • Number 8 One of the most impressive illusions on the

  • ride and my personal favourite can be found in the pre-show.

  • So the pre show is the premiere of the brand new Mickey short called Perfect Picnic.

  • If you wanna avoid what I think is a spoiler then skip ahead to the next segment.

  • When you enter the screening room, there doesn't appear to be any other way out other than

  • the way you came in.

  • You soon realize that you're able to step right through the screen and into the cartoon

  • world.

  • {Goofy} Ahhhh.

  • Excuse me, you there!

  • {Cast Member} Who Me?

  • {Goofy} Do you mind helping these good people into the cartoon while I fix this here locomotive?

  • So what's the secret..how does Disney do this?

  • Well the illusion is all masked by the smoke with a few different simultaneous movements.

  • First you have the screen itself pulling upwards to reveal the hole.

  • While that's happening, the bottom black portion of the base opens horizontally revealing

  • the jagged edges on the side.

  • This some mainly covers this horizontal moment.

  • Then lastly the edges of the screen curl up and it's time for you to walk through the

  • screen into this zany adventure.

  • It's truly a portal into the Disney magic.

  • Number 7 Before Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway,

  • the Chinese Theatre was home to the Great Movie Ride.

  • It was an opening day attraction at Disney MGM Studios in 1989 but on August 13th, 2017

  • the Great Movie Ride closed to make way for Mickey.

  • Although this beloved attraction is no longer with us there are some Great Movie Ride Easter

  • Eggs hidden in this new ride.

  • The first one is pretty obvious and can be found in the Carnival scene.

  • On the left hand side you can find a poster for the Great Moving Ride which is obviously

  • a play on words to the Great Movie Ride.

  • You can see that the characters in the poster all have their hands up.

  • Without a doubt that's a little reference to the Footlight Parade scene with the chorus

  • girls, but that's not the only Easter Egg.

  • In this same scene you encounter a Twister.

  • In the Great Movie Ride, just before you approached the Wizard of Oz scene there was a video of

  • Sorcerer Mickey but it was supposed to be the Twister scene from the Wizard of Oz.

  • The outline of this black shillouette is actually a twister but due to licensing rights, Disney

  • was only able to use 3 minutes of the films dialogue which was all taken up in the full

  • show scene.

  • So this Twister could very well be a reference to the extinct attraction, and if that wasn't

  • enough, once exit the carnival scene you'll see the twister on the left hand side.

  • Amidst the debris there is this mailbox and on the mailbox it saysNo place Like Home

  • which is a line from the Wizard of Oz.

  • Twister.

  • No place like Home.

  • Wizard of Oz.

  • Great Movie Ride.

  • It all ties together.

  • I did try to take a photo of the mailbox and failed miserably, but when you're riding

  • in person its much easier to spot, I promise.

  • Number 6 Every ride has a story.

  • The main plot of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway follows Mickey and Minnie as they

  • travel through Runamuck Park on their quest for the perfect picnic spot.

  • But this is the first time a Disney ride has been created with a B-Plot and this secondary

  • story involves Pluto's journey.

  • In the pre-show we see Minnie placing Pluto in the trunk then once they hit the bump he's

  • thrown out!

  • But what happened to Pluto?

  • Well a keen eye can follow his hidden journey on the ride as he tries to catch up to Mickey

  • and Minnie to get them the picnic basket for their picnic.

  • After the pre show, the first time we see Pluto is right here in the carnival scene

  • with the basket in his mouth.

  • Things are still calm.

  • If you aren't on one of the right cars though you'll probably miss it.

  • But as you make your way through the twister you will definitely see Pluto wrapped up here

  • in the mayhem.

  • He's really trying and losing some food.

  • Hopefully there's enough for that picnic.

  • Then after your ride vehicle leaves the pod of the underwater scene, Pluto is shot out

  • of the submarine and swims on through the ocean trying to get that much closer to his

  • pals.

  • Then in the city you can see him scooping out the area up here in the windows trying

  • to find Mickey and Minnie who are actually behind him; he's so close.

  • Then in the finale we find out he safely got the picnic basket to the park and everyone

  • is safe and sound.

  • And as the song says nothing can stop them now….well maybe there are some things that

  • can stop them.

  • Number 5 A cast of familiar characters are featured

  • in Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway which include Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald,

  • Pete and Daisy.

  • Some other characters make small cameos but there's one brand new character that was

  • created specifically for the ride.

  • This here is Chuuby spelt C-h-u-u-b-y, similar to Cubby but not quite.

  • He's a resident of Runamuck Park who is a bit of ham and a broadway song and dance

  • kinda bird.

  • He has quite the personality.

  • His name was actually supposed to be Chubby but during the design process there was a

  • little spelling mistake at Imagineering.

  • Instead of two b's there were two u's and they decided that leaving his name as

  • Chuuby was a better fit since it suited the look of the character and the whole train

  • theme.

  • You know, Cho Cho, Chuuby.

  • Its like it was meant to be.

  • Number 4 Without Mickey Mouse there wouldn't be this

  • new ride, and even though he's already front and centre, Imagineers still hid many easter

  • eggs pertaining to Mickey's history.

  • Starting at the beginning, one of the most noticeable details is the year 1928 found

  • in the opening scene of the ride which represents the year Mickey made his big screen debut

  • in Steamboat Willie in 1928.

  • Now many people associate Mickey Mouse with Walt Disney but Mickey was actually drawn

  • by Ub Iwerks and a tribute to him can be found in the City scene.

  • If you look to the right at the sewer tunnel you'll see the Iwerks & Uwerks Water Works

  • which pays tribute to Ub Iwerks.

  • Then in this same scene as you're about to enter into Daisy's Dance Studio there's

  • a newspaper stand on the left with the cover that reads Oswald Wins.

  • In 1927 Ub and Walt created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit but they didn't have the rights to

  • the character since he was created for Universal Pictures.

  • Walt needed another character then Mickey Mouse was born.

  • Another Mickey Easter egg is this French phrase here on this building which reads Maison de

  • Soeures which translates to House of Mouse; which used to be a program on the Disney channel!

  • Number 3 Ultimately there would be no Mickey without

  • Walt Disney so you know there has to be Easter eggs relating to Walt.

  • The first one can be found in the opening and finale scene on the directional sign in

  • the park.

  • You see one of the places it points to is Yensid Valley.

  • Yensid is Disney spelt backwards and Yensid Valley was actually the name Walt Disney gave

  • to an area in his backyard.

  • Walt Disney loved trains you could say he was obsessed and Yensid Valley was the plateau

  • of land where he had his miniature train set in the backyard; its a special easter egg.

  • Then after you leave the underwater scene and head into the sewer, you'll see the

  • year 1901 on top and that's the year Walt Disney Was born.

  • Also as you exit the ride you can find this promotional picture of Walt Disney in one

  • of the Disneyland trains.

  • Number 2 There's a lot of madness in the city scene

  • and Imagineers hid even more Easter eggs here relating to the Walt Disney Company.

  • The first one you'll spot is on the billboard on top of this building.

  • Whats most noticeable is the hidden Mickey which we'll get to those in the next segment

  • but on the bottom of the sign you'll notice it says Ink and Paint.

  • Back in the days of hand drawn animation like in the original Mickey Mouse Shorts, the Ink

  • and Paint Department was responsible for adding color into the animators drawings.

  • So this pays tribute to these artists.

  • Although this shot is a bit blurry, next here on this sign it says Retlaw Parking.

  • Retlaw is Walter spelt backwards.

  • Retlaw Enterprises was the corporation that the Walt Disney Family created after WED Enterprises

  • was sold to Walt Disney Productions.

  • Retlaw used to own the Monorail at Disneyland as well as the Disneyland railroad until they

  • were bought back by the Walt Disney Company in 1983.

  • Another easter egg can be found on this Flower Shop sign and it pays tribute to the Imagineers.

  • Walt Disney Imagineering is located at 1401 Flower Street in Glendale California and that

  • gave us the Flower Shop with the address 1401!

  • Number 1 Now what's a ride based Mickey Mouse without

  • hidden Mickeys.

  • You can learn all about the history of hidden mickeys here in this previous video but I

  • wanna say there's more hidden Mickeys in this ride than any other Disney ride.

  • So here are some of my favouritesas we start in lobby before you enter the pre-show

  • there's this gorgeous light fixture with a full Mickey hidden right in the design.

  • In the pre-show room, the large lighting fixture has hidden mickeys placed all around the perimeter.

  • From paint splatters in the queue to these clouds here on the ridethey also look an

  • awlful lot like hidden Mickey's don't you think?

  • Then in the city scene there was that Mickey up on the billboard.

  • There's the Hidden Mickey made out of the ice cream then there's also a Mickey shirt

  • hidden here on the clothes line.

  • But that's not all.

  • On the way into the factory through the alley there's this hidden Mickey on the left behind

  • the trash can.

  • Then in the Factory many of the gears are also make mickeys shillouette.

  • There's a lot in here then in the finale all the fireworks are hidden but not so hidden

  • mickeys as well.

  • So the moral of the story with this ride is to keep your eyes peeled cause you never know

  • when you'll see the mouse or any of the other hidden details and easter eggs in Mickey

  • and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

  • So what are your thoughts on the new ride.

  • Do you think it was worth losing the Great Movie Ride for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway

  • Railway?

  • I'd love to know!

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Top 10 Hidden Secrets in Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railway - Disney World

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