Walt Disney World’s Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction has been a hit with Guests since it opened two years ago, with the second iteration of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway trackless dark ride slated to open on January 27 at the El CapiTOON Theater in Mickey’s Toontown.
Moreover, as Disney Parks celebrates the “Wonder of Mickey Mouse” and the now iconic animated Mickey Mouse shorts during its 100 Years of Wonder festivities, attractions Cast Members (CMs) at the ride will receive unique costume technology before their first shift.
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Disneyland’s Costume Design and Development team engineered the new Cast uniform to easily switch between colors, patterns, and designs to fit the scene “at a moment’s notice.” Designed by Yonit Olsgan and Disney animator Joseph Holt, the ‘trainsformable’ vest, jacket, and toon-like accessories “are completely in line with the vision for the entire attraction,” allowing Toontown CMs to become “part of the show.”
In fact, involved Cast Members, like entertainment host Tyler Girdner, love the immersive quality of the outfit’s colors, textures, and touches of Disney magic, like hidden Mickeys and connections to the beloved attraction. Says Tyler says he thinks the costume mirrors “the nature of the attraction, where it’s moving from one environment into the next… It allows for the Guests to feel transported by seeing a completely different look.”
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You can get a closer look at the new designs in this video posted by Disney Parks:
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Although it’s exciting to see this fresh new take on Cast Member costumes coming to the newly expanded Mickey’s Toontown, which fully reopens this March, Guests on the East Coast are likely wondering if Cast Members at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park will receive the same sort of costume change in time for their big number (AKA a shift) at the Chinese Theatre, home to the first version of Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s attraction.
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While Toontown’s version will utilize updated technology and include additional scenes, which is good to differentiate the ride experiences, could Disney World Cast Members feel sad they aren’t getting the same star treatment?
In terms of whether or not Disney Parks will bring the all-new reversible costumes over to Orlando, perhaps once the Disneyland attraction premieres, nothing can stop them now?