Last month, it was announced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim that “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway,” the first Disney ride completely centered around the company’s biggest stars, would be coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As exciting as this news is, there’s also some sadness linked to it for many of us long-time fans as this means having to say goodbye to the park’s signature dark ride, “The Great Movie Ride, which has taken guests on “a spectacular journey into the movies” since 1989. While some may question the removal of such an iconic attraction, there’s no more fitting Disney creation to take the place of “The Great Movie Ride” in the Chinese Theatre than Mickey Mouse. After all, Mickey has been a part of it from the very beginning.
Just outside the attraction, Mickey Mouse’s handprints and footprints, marked with the park’s opening date, were placed among those of movie stars and a few other animated characters in the cement of the Chinese Theatre courtyard, as seen above. Mickey also made a notable appearance on “The Great Movie Ride” itself, playing his famous role of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice via video projection during the attraction’s “Fantasia” scene, but this wasn’t the only place on the ride he could be seen. A hieroglyphic depiction of Mickey as a pharaoh being waited on by servant Donald Duck was cleverly hidden amongst the Egyptian artwork in the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” segment, and following the attraction’s TCM-sponsored refurbishment in 2015, a clip of Mickey’s debut in 1928’s “Steamboat Willie” was included as part of the film montage finale. With “The Great Movie Ride” set to close on August 13, there’s not much time left to experience this “ultimate celebration of classic movies,” but at least the show will go on at the Chinese Theatre for one of the the beloved attraction’s biggest stars when “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway” eventually opens in its place.