Construction walls went up in late June around the former Great Movie Ride (I can’t write that out without choking up…) extended queue area and it’s been pretty much a mystery what they’re up to in there. Since most of the work is being done inside the show building, and now within these walls, it’s anyone’s guess what kind of details are being installed…
That is, until one of them pokes out from above a construction wall.
And look! There’s another.
It seems red Mickey lanterns have sprouted all over the area. The fixtures feature gold-ish copper metal hues and red glass panes, with sets of retro-looking fans jutting out from the body.
The real magic, however, lies in the details. See that cut-out design on the metal lanterns? If you tilt your head to the side a bit, you can see it’s a pattern of curly Mickey head designs.
Some of the lanterns rest on green-painted columns. Between the hues of red, gold, and green, it’s a good match for the Chinese Theatre’s existing facade and color scheme.
If you’re curious about the current state of said construction walls, here’s a shot of them from a few weeks back:
The walls extend all the way down the stairs to the right (across from Walt Disney Presents.) The handicap ramp is currently closed off. In the meantime, they’re sending guests with strollers and wheelchairs down to the Animation Courtyard gates. No word on how long they expect the walls to be up.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is scheduled to open “Spring 2020”, which could be as early as next February. You can check out our full walkthrough of what the attraction will entail here. (If you’re wary of spoilers, I’d suggest against it!) We’ll keep you updated on this project as it gets nearer to completion!