Earlier this week a rumor from 2016 re-surfaced that seemed to suggest that The Great Movie Ride, which is a Disney's Hollywood Studios classic and one of the most iconic rides in all of Walt Disney World, would close forever in 2018 and would then be transformed into the Great Mickey Ride. This rumor turned out to be false, as it was revealed at the recent D23 Expo Disney Parks and Resorts Panel that the Great Movie Ride was actually closing in 2017, on August 13th, which is just under a month away.
This seems like quite the sudden closure, and will bring Disney's Hollywood Studios down to just 4 rides total until Toy Story Land opens next year. And though fans of this park will lament yet another closing at this park, Disney released the first details about the ride replacing this classic attraction: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Mickey and Minnie get their first "real" ride
Though Mickey Mouse has appeared in several rides over the years (including the now doomed Great Movie Ride), it looks like Disney is finally giving its most famous character the chance to star in his own ride, along with Minnie Mouse and some of his other pals. However, instead of being based on some of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be directly inspired by the Mickey Shorts that are shown on the Disney Channel (and have their own channel at Disney resorts). As you might expect, the people who produce the shorts at Disney Television Animation are partnering with Disney Parks and Resorts to help bring the attraction to life.
The actual setup of the attraction is pretty standard, as it will allow guests to literally step "through" a movie screen and join Mickey and his friends on a fun adventure where you’re the star of your own Mickey short and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure features surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes.