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  • Has Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway queue been moved to Mickey's House?

    Anyone with a keen eye looking at this aerial photograph can see that the roads between the back of Mickey's House show building and the new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway show building have been demolished. If the plans are to connect the two buildings, they would have to keep the Toon Town service road entrance to the left of it in place. Either the Gag Factory entrance for the ride will have a queue that can be opened up to allow vehicles through (like Indiana Jones caves), or this is no longer the entrance to the attraction. I tend to believe the latter. I think they may have changed plans to have the Mickey's House queue be the new queue to Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, and that they might move the meet and greet to the gag factory location. Maybe not. Of course I could be wrong but interesting to speculate.


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    Moving the meet and greet is not that simple since the characters and hosts access the rooms from a below ground level wardrobe and dressing area which would also have to be moved, or replicated somehow. So, no, I don't think so.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by morrisdirector View Post
      Either the Gag Factory entrance for the ride will have a queue that can be opened up to allow vehicles through (like Indiana Jones caves), or this is no longer the entrance to the attraction. I tend to believe the latter.
      The alternative to that is lowering the access road below ground level too. There are several access roads that dip below ground level to access the areas behind Main Street and Tomorrowland by dipping under the Disneyland Railroad. Also before it became Disneyland Drive, West St. used to be at ground level but was lowered to accommodate the new grade separated bridge into Downtown Disney which required lowering the road and redoing the Monorail Beamway supports. It's possible they might lower the road down enough to have the queue cross a bridge to reach the new showbuilding without interrupting the flow of traffic either in the queue or on the back stage roadway.
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      • #4
        You guys make good points but that photo clearly shows an indication that they will be connecting those buildings together. If they were just connecting utilities or something I would imagine it would have been a much smaller area. In other words, if I were to guess what it would look like were they going to connect the buildings, I would have guessed this exact area demolished in exactly the way they have done it. If you think about it from an imagineering perspective... utilizing the Mickey's House queue would be a perfect way to set the tone of the ride. It even ends in a theatre area (similar to what they do before boarding in Orlando). I always felt that the meet and greet was always a let down compared to the queue itself. I'm saying this is getting rerouted. I could be wrong but it's my official guess.

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        • #5
          As an ancillary issue, if they are indeed making general Toontown improvements, shouldn't they do something to obscure the sightlines to the back of SWGE? The metal superstructure in back of the spires is clearly visible - which is unbelievably bad show, probably worse than anything else at Disneyland. Does anyone know if this is under consideration, or if there is any discussion about addressing the problem?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by md6379a View Post
            As an ancillary issue, if they are indeed making general Toontown improvements, shouldn't they do something to obscure the sightlines to the back of SWGE? The metal superstructure in back of the spires is clearly visible - which is unbelievably bad show, probably worse than anything else at Disneyland. Does anyone know if this is under consideration, or if there is any discussion about addressing the problem?
            I'm sure they'll get to it. It took a couple years before they finished the backside of the Cars rockwork.
            "Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money." - ​Walt Disney

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            • #7
              With meet-n-greets moving to yesterland, an entrance thru Mickey’s house suddenly sounds smart (I always thought toon square was likely). Obviously, you exit thru the gift shop.
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              • #8
                No,it hasn't.
                "We wants the redhead!"

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                • #9
                  When we were there in October the Cast Members in the M&G were wearing the new Runaway Railway outfits. Hmmm

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