PHOTOS - Exterior work on the Chinese Theater ahead of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Oct 31, 2018 in "Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway"

Chinese Theater exterior preparation for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
Posted: Wednesday October 31, 2018 12:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is set to open next year at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and although we cant see anything of what is happening inside, work is continuing on the outside.

Construction can be heard around the buildings and a large section of the courtyard remains walled off.

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yensidtlaw19692 days ago

Speaking of the Ceiling . . . Could you imagine?: Thanks, Photoshop!

The Aracuan Bird2 days ago

If there was any single IP to replace The Movie Ride, it was Mickey. I totally believe the Mouse can fit well in that space. But it should’ve been the Mickey that was a Hollywood star; the one that paved the way for things to come. Not the TV show that loosely emulates the old Mickey on a tighter budget. At least it’s not the plastic Clubhouse Mickey.

trainplane32 days ago

I finally got to ride this. Waited 25 minutes. It's cute. It's literally the definition of "fine ride, wrong location". It'll fit in perfectly in DL's Toontown and is a really great addition for there. The weird looking Mickey and Minnie AA things look odd in person too. The ride is certainly lacking for being the centerpiece of the park. And the ceiling surprisingly did bug me (I didn't look at the last few pages since the ceiling discussion came up). I'd wait 25 minutes again to do it but would never waste a FP on it.

Jones143 days ago

Yeah, this is what I mean. It doesn’t read as the edge of the screen in person, it reads as there being an overhang blocking the very top of the cabin from view. Why it’s there I’m not entirely sure, but it doesn’t read as a problem or mistake in person at all. It’s one of the best uses of the tech in the whole ride.

yensidtlaw19693 days ago

For sure - but since they didn't they should at least mask things in a show-level fashion.

DisneyExpert3 days ago

I agree. I've found this complaint to be largely based on only seeing videos of the ride. There is no single screen that "ends" there, but multiple layered screens acting together to create a 3D illusion, which go pretty far up into the shell of the engine prop. In person, what people are perceiving as the "edge" of the screen comes across pretty clearly as a dimensional prop that is part of the train, which obscures the actual edges of the screens above it. Honestly, I wish they had used this method of projecting for more of the ride, to give it more of a 3D feel, instead of primarily just projecting stuff onto walls. A similar technique is used in Na'vi River Journey and I think it mostly works very well there.

lazyboy97o3 days ago

A far simpler solution would have been to just make the opening a rectangle.

yensidtlaw19693 days ago

To be clear, that second image is something I Photoshopped - here's the original to compare it to. I don't think it's a shadow, I think there's a solid piece of something installed to block the top of the screen. My Photoshop was to show that if they had made it "part of it" a little more, making it look like part of the train and not just dark masking, perhaps there would be less confusion.

TikibirdLand3 days ago

Thanks for attempting to explain it. I'll have to see it in person to see if I agree :) . Still doesn't come off as a shadow in the picture. But, I do see lines that represent slats of some kind. So, they seem to be trying to do something.

yensidtlaw19693 days ago

Here's a quick sketch to show what I meant in my post: I think there's a Black Border (or at least a dark one) hanging down between Goofy's Screen and the Train Window that blocks the top of the screen. Not especially elegant, but better than simply letting the edge of the screen be visible with negative space above. This is the impression I got while riding in person, anyway. And as mentioned above, Goofy's screen is Transparent, so you can see through all the spaces that aren't showing Goofy to the deeper interior of the train with the bells and whistles. The train backdrop is on a separate plane from Goofy, which makes a big difference over the whole thing just being a flat screen. Gives you a nice parallax between Goofy and the Backdrop, making him feel like a living cartoon in space. It would have been nicer if that masking had been incorporated a little more into the design of the train - even something like this Photoshopped image below would make it look a little less like an accident. But I don't think they actually left the top edge of the screen totally visible - it never looked that way in person to me.

lazyboy97o3 days ago

That’s not how it looks to me.

yensidtlaw19693 days ago

As I recall, that's an overhang masking the top of the screen, not the screen just ending leaving an open space. Though it is true that Goofy isn't "just a screen", as @Jones14 was describing - I think he's on a Transparent LCD screen so he appears to exist on his own plane relative to the rest of the train car. But I don't think they just "forgot" to mask the top of the screen the way that photo seems to suggest. It's just dark, so it looks like an empty space when it's actually a positive one.

UNCgolf3 days ago

But part of his head is missing. How is that not noticeable?

Jones143 days ago

That’s one of those things that looks terrible on video but great in person. There’s a depth effect from the angle of the seats that I have a hard time explaining, but that square, flat look is not what you see when you’re actually on the ride.