New Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Art Shows Twister Scene Honoring The Great Movie Ride

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“I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore…”

If you haven’t been to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in a few years, you might feel like you’ve been dropped into a fantasy world when you return to find the park full of very different attractions from those you remember. One of those new rides will be Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, invading the home of The Great Movie Ride in the very center of the park starting March 4th.

You may recall that when we gave you a scene-by-scene breakdown of the upcoming ride (crazily a few years back at this point), we made sure to stop and mention the importance of a scene where characters and the Runnamuck Railway train get caught in a twister.

You may recall plans for The Great Movie Ride included a twister that would drop guests onto the Yellow Brick Road and into The Wizard of Oz. Due to disagreements with MGM, the scene was never completed and the wind machine was instead used for the Mickey Mouse in Fantasia sequence. Well, a fully-realized twister scene is now confirmed for Runaway Railway with the latest promotional art release, seen above. If you don’t think it is a reference to the classic film, well, it’s a really big coincidence that both Toto and Pluto both travel with a picnic basket.

While it may not take us to Munchkinland, we will enter “a world where mouse rules apply”, according to Disney. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens March 4th, 202 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Disneyland Park in 2022.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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Can’t wait for them to loose the contract with the postmaker and have to plaster a Fantasia poster on top of it…


Aaah, that’s funny! Hey, bloggers, I got a joke…


Isn’t the plot that characters are going to a picnic? Seems reasonable that Pluto would have a picnic basket. Now if they play a little bit of the wicked witch theme during the sequence that would be honoring the old ride.


Anyone else notice that Huey, Dewey and Louie have their DT17 designs in this poster? That is so cool, I’ve been wanting them to integrate the newer versions of these characters, fingers crossed David Tennent voices Scrooge in future shorts!