Update: The FastPass+ system will be used for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway! The ride’s expected reliability has allowed Disney to use the more traditional system.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020. With the opening date quickly approaching, Disney is preparing for the large crowds that will want to experience the very first attraction to feature Mickey and Minnie.
Currently, it’s believed that a virtual queue system will be used to manage the crowds for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. A similar tactic is being used over at Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Guests will have to join a queue via the My Disney Experience app in order to experience the attraction.
The boarding process for Rise of the Resistance requires guests to be in the park and ready to join a boarding group through the My Disney Experience app at a specific time. We found the process to be fairly painless during our own experiences, but we recommend following a few key tips to ensure you secure a boarding group. Seeing that Disney hasn’t officially announced a virtual queue for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, it’s yet to be determined how similar the process will be to the one for Rise of the Resistance.
This rumor is supported by two key factors. First, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway isn’t shown in the list of attractions with FastPass+ for guests who are already within their 60-day booking window. Next, the overall success seen with Rise of the Resistance (minus a few hiccups) suggests this could be the new standard Disney uses when opening headlining attractions. It’s believed that virtual queues may be used for other upcoming attractions such as Ratatouille and the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster.
Stay tuned. If Disney is planning to roll out a virtual queue for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, we should learn about it in the very near future.