Disneyland has delayed the debut of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway until 2023 due to the extended closure caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Disney had announced a 2020 opening date for the new Disneyland Resort attraction back in 2019, a year before the COVID-19 pandemic closed the Anaheim Disney theme parks for more than five months.
The news of the delay comes as vertical construction on the attraction starts behind Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland.
An identical version of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened back in March at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, just weeks before Florida’s Disney theme parks closed.
Whilst the Walt Disney World theme parks have reopened, Disneyland Resort and other California theme parks have remained closed while they wait for state reopening guidelines.
Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock and Walt Disney Imagineers were on the attraction’s construction site to witness the first vertical beam lifted into place.
Potrock posted photos (of the above-mentioned milestone) to Instagram offering a look at the attraction’s construction site from the perspective of his office window:
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I am thrilled to share my “Happiest View on Earth” with you today, a special peek outside a window at our Team Disney Anaheim building. This particular view offers a behind-the-magic look at a momentous milestone that happened today at @Disneyland park – the first steel beam has been placed for what will be the future Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction, scheduled to open for guests in 2023! Swipe and take a look! #RunawayRailway
The wait will be well worth it!