12 Amazing Announcements from Walt Disney Parks

“Making your dreams come true is who we are and what we do,” said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek this afternoon in Hall D23 at D23 Expo, as he kicked off Walt Disney Parks and Resort’s presentation for 6,800 Disney fans who had gathered to hear what’s new and what’s next at Disney parks and resorts around the world.

From new ways to experience Pixar at Disney California Adventure and new details about the Star Wars-themed lands under construction at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to an incredible assortment of new attractions and experiences planned for Walt Disney Resort in time for its 50th anniversary in 2021, there’s so much to look forward to at Disney parks and resorts in the comings months and years. It’s the stuff that Disney dreams are made of!

11Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

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It was all started by a mouse, Chapek reminded us, before he pointed out that the most famous mouse of all has never had his own attraction—until now. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway  will allow guests to step through the movie screen and find themselves inside a Mickey Mouse cartoon short in an exciting new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The attraction will have an all-new story and a catchy, lovable song, Imagineer Kevin Rafferty detailed; explaining that Walt Disney Imagineering is partnering with the team at Disney Television Animation to create the attraction, which he said, will be a “mousterpiece.” Rafferty said the Imagineers are calling the new experience “2½ D”—no glasses are required to turn the flat world of the Mickey cartoon shorts into a “dimensional display of amazingness.” Plus, he revealed one exciting secret that we’re going to take as a challenge: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is going to have more hidden Mickeys than any other attraction anywhere in the universe. We can’t wait to start counting!