With Disneyland being closed close to six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the resort’s projects have been delayed. The new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway trackless dark ride has officially been moved back to open in 2023.
Originally announced to open in 2022, the new attraction, which will be placed in Mickey’s Toontown, had it’s first vertical beam lifted in place on September 1 per an announcement by Walt Disney Imagineering.
Walt Disney Imagineers and Disneyland president Ken Potrock were at the construction zone as the vertical beam on the project was set into place.
“I am thrilled to share my ‘Happiest View on Earth’ with you today,” Potrock wrote on Instagram. “This particular view offers a behind-the-magic look at a momentous milestone.”
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the first theme park attraction dedicated to Mickey Mouse. The attraction will be a trackless dark ride which will take guests through an adventure as Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto head for a picnic but things go awry. Taking form as a runaway train, guests will encounter a carnival, twister, waterfall, big city, factory and a stampede of bulls.
A version of the ride opened in March at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida weeks before the parks closed.
Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus was originally set to open this summer but the date has been removed from Disneyland’s website. Most likely due to construction delays and future social distancing measures, the opening of the new land may not happen anytime soon.
Disneyland has had a rocky road to reopen. Originally aiming for a July 17 date, the reopening was pushed indefinitely as California tackled new cases. While the state has begun proposing new options, Disneyland could look to reopen before the year ends. the shopping district, Downtown Disney, reopened in July.