Since Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I, for one, have been going crazy! Riding and then re-riding the attraction to look for clues and hidden Easter eggs. One mystery I was eager to solve was the case of the “B-plot” of this attraction.
Head Imagineer Kevin Rafferty gave us all a little sneak peek back in February when he said there would be not one but two storylines going on at the same time. The first of course being Mickey and Minnie trying to get our derailed train back on track, and the second being the mysterious “B-plot”.
For those of you who don’t know, a “B-plot” is something you see in television shows and movies repeatedly, and it often happens when the supporting characters have another storyline going on while the lead characters’ plot carries on. And in this case, our spectacular supporting character is *drumroll please* Pluto!
It took me a few rides to make sure I had this one right, but once you pay attention to Pluto’s journey, you can see that he has an objective and one that is critical to the happy ending the attraction demands. So, why not dive in and take a look at Pluto’s journey now?
Starting at the pre-show we can see that Pluto gets stuffed in Mickey’s trunk with all the picnic goodies, including the infamous blueberry pie. After smelling all the food (especially that pie) in such close quarters, we definitely can understand why Pluto ends up being so protective over the pie when Mickey runs over the train tracks. Pluto desperately tries to save the pie and picnic basket before the pie clogs Goofy’s train and derails our story.
Although we are more focused on the fact that the train blew up before our eyes, we also know subconsciously that at some point, Pluto was in charge of the food and that he will do anything to get that basket off to Mickey and Minnie. Unfortunately, their attention is on saving us, so Pluto is going to have to work extra hard to get to them.
The first big scene of the attraction is the wild wild west scene, and there may be lots of horsing around, but Pluto is not having fun. You can see that he runs in with the basket to warn Mickey but ends up being stopped by the cliff and is instantly sad that he can’t make it across to his pal.
The scene then flips to the carnival scene where we see Pluto recruit some help. Huey, Duey, and Louey end up running past a hallway with Pluto as they look for Mickey and Minnie who are stuck in a hot air balloon. If you want to see this on your next ride, keep an eye out for the Potatoland poster, it all happens in the corridor next to it!
But of course, the big twister scene sweeps away our favorite mice before Pluto gets hold of them. But Pluto is one loyal dog, so he jumps into the twister with the basket to make sure he is going wherever they are.
A fun fact about this twister scene is that there was originally always meant to be a twister scene in The Great Movie Ride in that same spot for The Wizard of Oz, but it never happened. This was a fun nod to assure that the twister got its moment to shine in the end! The twister pops out Pluto into the underwater scene where he spots Mickey and Minnie and jets right out of the submarine to get to them. Of course, they end up speeding away super quickly which causes Pluto to pick up the pace… but maybe a little too much.
Pluto enters the city scene, and we can see him panicking in one of the windows towards the top left of the attraction because now he can’t see Mickey or Minnie. And if you look right, you can see exactly why – Pluto is now ahead of the pair and must wait for them to catch up. Which in the end, is clearly for the best because this meant that Pluto could meet Mickey and Minnie at the picnic spot with the essential picnic basket to have their perfect picnic.
Although the storyline is a small detail, it allows for the ending to come to a complete close with a happy resolution and increases the re-rideability of the attraction because there is always more to look at and this is a detail you may miss on your first ride through.
Pluto’s “B-plot” is a very fun one to discover, but this attraction truly has so much more to see from Easter Eggs to nods from The Great Movie Ride, and the fact that this is the attraction with the most hidden Mickey’s – there is always so much to discuss and discover so we are sure we will find more hidden details of this attraction to share soon!
If you want to watch the Pluto plot unfold, take a look at this YouTube POV of the attraction here!
Walt Disney World Resort describes Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway as:
Burst into Mickey and Minnie’s World
The darling duo are taking a leisurely drive to a picnic in their sporty roadster—with Engineer Goofy’s train following merrily along. Plot twist—you get to go, too! Climb aboard a runaway railway and embark on a whirlwind ride through a world where the rules of physics don’t apply. Prepare for unexpected twists, slapstick gags and mind-boggling transformations at every turn, as Mickey and Minnie try to save the day.
There’s no telling where this train is heading! This is an adventure for Mickey and Minnie fans of all ages.
A First-of-Its-Kind Ride
Based on the recent award-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a brand-new attraction unique to Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Hollywood Studios—and the first ride at any Disney park that stars Mickey Mouse and friends.
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