During the 2017 D23 Expo, we learned that Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the first-ever Mickey Mouse-themed ride-through theme park attraction, was coming to Walt Disney World. The ride was supposed to be ready by this fall to help with crowd management from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but it’s been delayed six months and won’t open in Florida until spring of 2020.
In a bit of damage control, Disney today announced that the attraction will also be coming to Disneyland in California in 2022. Read on for more details.
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Last year, Mickey Mouse celebrated his 90th anniversary. The cartoon rodent debuted in the black and white animated short Steamboat Willie all the way back in November of 1928, along with his lifelong companion Minnie Mouse. The short would kick off a legacy that still stands strong today as Disney has become a powerhouse not only in animation, but entertainment at large.
Now fans can celebrate the debut of Mickey Mouse with an official new LEGO set that brings Steamboat Willie to life in building brick form. The new set, which originated at the LEGO Ideas website, brings to life the S.S. Willie steamboat that Mickey Mouse steers in the animated short. And just like the animated short itself, this set and the accompanying Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse minifigures are in black and white. Check out the full Steamboat Willie LEGO set below. Read More »
At the Disney theme parks, Mickey Mouse is simultaneously unavoidable and hard to find. Walk into any store in any of the parks across the globe, and you’ll find more watches, shirts, stuffed animals, and other merchandise featuring Mickey’s face than any one person could know what to do with. If you wander the Main Street, U.S.A. section of the parks, you’re likely to find Mickey in person (as long as you prepare to wait in line for a while), and you might even be able to watch one of the black-and-white shorts that first made Mickey a cultural icon. If you’re in Disneyland, you could stroll to the back of the park to explore Mickey’s Toontown.
But you can’t exactly experience a Mickey-themed attraction. In the Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, sure, you can see Mickey’s visage plastered on a very large Ferris Wheel now called the Pixar Pal-A-Round (previously known as Mickey’s Fun Wheel) And yes, if you go to the Silly Symphony Swings in DCA, there’s a Mickey Mouse figure atop the center of the spinning attraction, themed to look as he did in “The Band Concert” short from 1935.
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After 89 years as Walt Disney World’s iconic mascot, Mickey Mouse will finally get a solo theme park attraction built entirely around him.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be Mickey’s Mouse’s first theme park attraction ever, despite the thousands of H
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In addition to the LEGO minifgures that come with the various building block playsets, the toy company has also been selling individual minifigures. However, rather than being able to choose which minifigures you want to buy, you have to take your chances by buying them blind and hope you get one you don’t have yet. Or you can be the person who stands in the aisle and tries to feel the little plastic packages to determine if you’re getting the figure you want.
Anyway, if you’re a Disney fan, you’re probably going to be interested in the latest series of minifigures that will give some of Disney’s most famous animated characters the building block treatment. There’s a series of 18 new LEGO Disney minifigures featuring characters from The Incredibles, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and more. Read More »
Disney’s latest family musical, Frozen, is in theaters now and quickly gaining a sterling reputation. Some are comparing it to the classic musicals of the 1990s such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King. Others say it’s better than any film Pixar has released in years. I say it’s probably somewhere in the middle, a delightful Disney animated film that has plenty to remember, but isn’t without an issue or two. [You can watch what is arguably the film’s best moment here.]
As is the case with most Disney movies, which take so long to make, animators love to populate some of the busier frames with Easter Eggs. In Frozen, there are at least three biggies. We’ve seen one that relates back to Tangled, but Wreck-It Ralph, and even an appearance of Mickey Mouse himself are in there, too. Check them out below. Read More »
Perhaps the most unusual thing shown at D23 today is the Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse!, which features the late Walt Disney voicing his signature character. The short played to raves at the expo, but it has a very unusual history. Get the full (and somewhat spoiler-ish) story below. Read More »
Disney is finally ready to bring back the mouse. Mickey Mouse, who made his debut in the 1928 black and white animated short film Steamboat Willie has appeared in hundreds of films over the years. But in recent years, the character has been primarily slumming in preschool television programing — the Mouse has only starred in three films since 1980.
But that is about to change. Disney has released a sneak preview of a new short film Croissant de Triomphe, which tells the story of what happens when Minnie’s cafe runs out of croissants, and Mickey must deliver them to her fast, fighting wild traffic and other obstacles across Paris.
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Despite the character’s locked-in-stone status as an animation icon, Mickey Mouse has forever been a star of shorts, television and comics. While there have been some direct to video films starring Mickey, he’s never starred in his own theatrical feature.
Now it looks like one could happen. Not quickly or soon, because that’s not the pace of animation. But still: a Mickey feature in theaters would be a pretty big deal. Read More »
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