Mickey-Shaped POPCORN and More Easter Eggs You HAVE To See at Disneyland’s New Ride

January 27th is a big day for Disney fans!

Runaway Railway

The Walt Disney Company is kicking off celebrations for its 100th anniversary on that day, and most of the party will take place at Disneyland Resort. As part of the event, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is opening at Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland! Come along with us now to get a SNEAK PEEK at the new ride and check out all the hidden Easter Eggs inside!

Mickey’s Toontown is going through a major remodel right now, and the full land will open on March 8th, 2023. However, the land’s major headliner attraction is opening early, on January 27th, as part of Disney’s 100th celebrations.

It’s opening soon!

We got a chance to get a preview of the ride, which is very similar to the one found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios over in Florida. However, there are a few key differences that you’ll want to see!


First of all, this ride is located inside the El CapiTOON Theater, and the storyline is that you’re invited to view an exclusive showing of Mickey’s new short-film, “Perfect Picnic.”

Before you head inside to watch the film, you’ll walk through an exhibit of famous Toontown movie props and memorabilia called “Mickey Through the Ears.”

Mickey Through the Ears

This exhibit is the Disney Imagineer’s way of taking guests through Mickey’s evolution from “Steamboat Willie” to the highly stylized Mickey cartoon shorts.

The Queue

The queue is full of fun details and movie “props,” including movie posters of “High School Goofical 3,” “The Absent-Minded Profesor Von Drake,”…


…”Toonsies,” “Mickey, I Shrunk the Nieces”…

Movie Posters

…and “Goofy Friday.” These posters feature some rarely-seen Disney characters, like Mortimer Mouse, Donald’s co-stars from DuckTales, and Minnie’s nieces.

Goofy Friday!

Check out the History of Toontown’s Hometown Theater display to see some Toontown”memorabilia” like a vintage popcorn box, the ribbon and scissors used during the theater’s opening day (those scissors were borrowed from Willie the Giant, according to the plaque!), the first ticket sold at the theater, and some of the first concessions sold (don’t eat the Hot Dog).


You can even see the right arm of Fred R. Femur, who was apparently “Skeleton #3” in “The Skeleton Dance”!

Skeleton arm

Let’s head further into the queue to discover more surprises.

The Queue

First, you’ll spot this ship wheel, which is an actual prop from “Steamboat Willie,” according to the sign next to it! It’s “100% authentic, the wheel deal.”

Steamboat Willie Wheel

Other “props” on display include Yen Sid’s spellbook from Fantasia

Yen Sid’s book

the beanstalk from “Mickey and the Beanstalk” (look for a Hidden Mickey in the light by this prop!)…


…and props from “Pluto’s Christmas Tree.”

Pluto’s Christmas

Peek inside the Christmas cards on the mantle of this scene to see messages for Mickey and Minnie!


There’s a “concession stand” in the queue as well, and you’ll want to look closely at some of the snacks for sale here.


Specifically, check out that popcorn!


The pieces are shaped like Mickey, Minnie, and Donald!

Look closely!

The snacks also nod to other Disney characters and cartoons, such as these Powerlime candies (named after Powerline from A Goofy Movie).

Power Limes

The “laugh-o-grahams” are named after Walt Disney’s original Laugh-O-Gram animation studio!


And don’t walk past the condiment station without checking out some details here. The condiment pumps are branded “Begorra Orchards,” which is a reference to Patrick Begorra, the “Little Man of Disneyland.” According to the story, he lived in an orange orchard on the land where Disneyland Park now sits.


You might want to be careful with that “Special Sauce,” though…it looks like someone just crossed out the expiration date on the mayonnaise and “re-branded” it! 😂

Now let’s get into the ride and all the details you can look for there!

The pre-show sets up the story

Look for a newspaper with the headline “Oswald Wins!” This is referencing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit — the cartoon character created by Walt Disney before Mickey was born. The Iwerks and Uwerks Waterworks Treatment Plant is named after Disney Legend Ub Iwerks (the animator credited with sketching Mickey Mouse for the first time).

You’ll ride past a 1401 Flower Shop, which is an homage to the Walt Disney Imagineering headquarters in Glendale, California.

Flower Shop

Watch for the numbers 1901 and 1928 throughout the ride — these are references to Walt Disney’s and Mickey Mouse’s birth years!


While you’re riding through the carnival scene, look for a sign that claims tickets are “5 for a dime.” This is a nod to the former Five & Dime Shop at Mickey’s Toontown.

Tickets sign

In the city scene, look for a shop called Kevin’s Aloha Shirts. This shop is named after Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty, who worked on both the Disney World and Disneyland version of this attraction. Rafferty’s son, Kevin Jr., was an Imagineer who worked on this ride as well!

Kevin’s Alohaha Shirts

If you’re planning to ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disneyland, don’t forget that you’ll need to enter the virtual queue to reserve your spot. A standby queue will not be offered when it opens.

Queue area

The times that you’ll be able to join the virtual queue through the Disneyland app will be at 7AM and 1PM daily. There will also be individual Lightning Lanes that you can purchase to get on the ride, but both those and the virtual queue have limited availability and can fill up. Unlike the individual Lightning Lane, the virtual queue is free to join.

Stay tuned to DFB for more updates on all the latest Disneyland news!

Click here to learn more about the reimagining of Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland.

 Are you planning to ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disneyland? Let us know in the comments!

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