Can You Spot All the Hidden Mickeys in Disney World’s New Ride?
Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is the first Disney ride ever to feature the cartoon couple—and there's so much more to it than meets the eye.
You’re in Mickey and Minnie’s world now
The much-anticipated ride, which just opened at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, is an homage to Mickey and Minnie Mouse and a love letter to Disney fans. It’s loaded with Easter eggs that only die-hard Disney fans will pick up on, including things like Walt Disney’s and Mickey’s birth years on the keystones in the ride’s bridges. But we were most excited to spy all the hidden Mickeys along the way. There’s one in the image above. Hint: Look closely at the hood ornament of Mickey and Minnie’s car. Speaking of trivia, see how well you know your favorite Disney movies.
Step inside the theater
At the start of the attraction, housed inside the Chinese Theater, guests are brought into the screening room for the premiere of “Perfect Picnic,” a Mickey Mouse cartoon short. Before the lights dim and the action gets underway, take a close look at the image on the screen. Eagle-eyed guests will spot the familiar three circles that make Mickey’s head and ears on the plant by the pagoda on the right side of the screen. Find out 23 secrets Disney employees won’t tell you.
While you’re waiting for the movie to start, look up. You can find Mickeys all along the outer ring of the decorative light fixture. This will be your easiest one to spot because once the movie begins and you board Engineer Goofy’s train, the action comes fast and furious. Take an inside look at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
The story of the ride is a would-be picnic gone gloriously awry. Guests get swept up in the fun and the action quite literally in a world where “cartoon rules” apply. One of the first unplanned stops on Goofy’s Runamuck Railroad is a stampede through the Wild West. While Minnie is trying to lasso control of the situation, look down on the cliff below her to spy three cacti with three sets of Mickey Mouse ears. Find out 9 things you have to book in advance for your trip to Disney World, including FastPass+ for this ride.
Lava to see you
With so much to grab your attention (is that Pluto over there?), you may need to ride the Runaway Railway several times to see all the hidden Mickeys, especially when you factor in that different train cars have different views during the trackless ride. “The more you go through [the ride], the more there is to discover,” Thomas Niederhiser, associate show manager for Walt Disney Imagineering, tells Reader’s Digest. For example, while everyone else is distracted by the exploding volcano, look to the left of it and you’ll spot three coconuts in a familiar pattern. We wish these 10 discontinued rides at Disney would stage a comeback.
Make a splash
Another challenge to spying all the hidden Mickeys is that some are only there for a few seconds before they vanish. Case in point: Mickey and Minnie dive over a waterfall, then create several Mickey-shaped bubbles that disappear as quickly as they appear. You might notice that the Mickey and Minnie on the ride have a vintage-y feel, and that wasn’t an accident. “The palette and design aesthetic [of the duo] are based on the Mickey shorts that are currently on Disney Channel and Disney+,” Niederhiser says. Find out why Minnie and Mickey always wear gloves.
Get a lick of this
Once you’ve made it to the city streets, look beyond Jackhammer Pete to the ice cream shop behind him. That’s not a triple-decker cone—that’s another hidden Mickey! Hungry yet? These are the 10 delicious foods everyone who visits Disney World has to try at least once.
Next, it’s off to dance class with Daisy Duck. Don’t get so caught up with the fancy footwork that you fail to notice the Mickey symbol on the frame of “The Nutquacker” poster. Ten new posters for Mickey shorts were created for the ride—you’ll see more lining the walls of the entryway to the theater as you queue along. Back in the dance studio, the projection of Mickey-shaped lights along the floor and wall are the grand finale to Daisy’s class. Find out 17 things you can get for free at Disney World.
At the factory
In the factory room, you’ll spot Mickeys aplenty, but once again, you have to pay close attention as they regularly rotate and fold out of view. The ride also houses one super-secret Easter egg: The Iwerks and Uwerks Waterworks water-treatment plant is named for Ub Iwerks, the animator credited with sketching Mickey Mouse for the first time. Take a walk down memory lane by taking a gander at these 25 photos of vintage Mickeys.
Alone at last
Mickey and Minnie finally get to enjoy their romantic picnic with faithful pup Pluto by their side. And what’s that in the distance? Why, Mickey-shaped fireworks, of course! Find out which Disney hotels have the best views—including ones where you can see actual fireworks.
Take a seat
Don’t get too caught up watching Mickey’s sweet serenade and the fireworks or you’ll miss this hidden Mickey. Take a close look at the ironwork under the bench. See that Mickey right there in the center? Hidden Mickeys are one of the popular Disney park rumors that turned out to be true.
At the end of the ride, once your train is back together again, you’ll chug right on by this signpost that points toward the merry-go-round, Yensid Valley (hey—that’s Disney spelled backward!), and the fishing hole. Look close at that “o” in “hole” for one last parting gift…as far as hidden Mickeys go, anyway. “I hope everyone leaves the ride feeling happy and with the song stuck in their head,” Niederhiser says. Mission accomplished! Next, try your hand at spotting hidden Mickeys all over the Disney World parks.