Guests Experience Bizarre Malfunction on Disney’s Newest Ride

Malfunctions can happen, and whether it is due to a ride vehicle stopping or a breakdown of a set or show scene, there are countless reasons why a theme park attraction can experience downtime.

When issues do happen, it is always interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at favorite Disney attractions as the house lights typically would be turned on revealing little-seen details. In attractions that are more screen-based with fewer Audio-Animatronics or practical effects, this situation can look, well…different.


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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway recently opened at the totally reimagined Toontown at Disneyland Park. While the attraction debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in 2020, the West Coast version of the ride features a totally unique queue and subtle details that differ from Florida’s version throughout the attraction.

As the newest attraction at the Disneyland Resort, the ride has been quite popular while continuing to operate on a virtual queue (or Lightning Lane purchase) system. As such, Guests were surprised to recently experience a truly bizarre malfunction on the new ride. @cheltonjm recently shared a video to Twitter showing the issue:

Note: the video below contains flashing lights. 

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Thankfully it does not seem like this kind of malfunction has been a regular occurrence since the ride opened at Disneyland, but it certainly offered a unique view of the attraction nonetheless.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is currently accessible via virtual queue or Individual Lightning Lane purchase at Disneyland Park, and with a standby line or Genie+ purchase at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Credit: Disney)

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Disney’s official description of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway reads:

Off the Rails
Step into the whimsical universe of a Mickey Mouse short and hitch a ride on Engineer Goofy’s train. What could possibly go wrong?

Cue hilarious hijinks! A relaxing train ride suddenly turns into a zany, free-ranging romp through ever-changing and rearranging cartoon scenes. You’ll quickly learn that anything can happen in this out-of-control animated world.

But don’t worry, with friends like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, you’re bound to get back on track. All aboard!

We hope your next ride on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is less eventful! As always, check back here on Disney Tips for all the latest news and tips out of Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."