Disney Turns off Troublesome Effect on California Ride in New Update

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Disneyland's Toontown characters

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A new Disneyland attraction encountered more issues over the last week.

Mickey Mouse in front of his house in Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland
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Popular Disneyland Park attraction Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway has suffered an unfortunate turn of events, with a section of the ride “breaking” once again. Fans took to social media to share the news, revealing a popular element within the dark ride is not working for the second time.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway first opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Walt Disney World in 2020, ushering in a new age of dark ride technology for the company. Due to the ride’s popularity, a second version of the attraction was developed for Anaheim, opening to guests in 2023 alongside the park’s revamped Mickey’s Toontown area.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway blends a trackless ride system with stunning visual projection mapping technology to create one of Disney’s most immersive and exciting theme park experiences in recent memory. The ride is also accompanied by an incredibly catchy selection of original music.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway exterior
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Despite being one of Disneyland’s newest rides, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway has experienced quite a few issues since it first opened. The attraction’s queue has suffered some damage from guests, with certain decorations and set pieces being removed entirely.

However, it’s rare for a piece of the actual ride to break at Disney, making the ride’s newest update that much more disappointing.

Twitter/X user DisneyScoopGuy recently confirmed that the hot air balloon effect, a moving piece of the ride, has stopped working yet again.

This effect stopped working earlier this summer, but guests reported it had returned. However, as of June 2024, it is turned off once again.

Disney has not made an official announcement or statement regarding this section of the ride, but fans hope a permanent fix is on the way.

Twitter/X user FaroshBoi commented on how quickly the effect was turned off again, saying, “Not even a week bro…”

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In other news, the Disneyland Resort is set to expand in major ways over the next few years. Earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company is going to build a new Avatar land for Disneyland. Disney opened its original Avatar land, Pandora, in 2017 at the Animal Kingdom in Florida, which has proven to be one of the theme parks’ most popular spots.

Not much is known about this upcoming expansion, but Iger and Co. have promised that the new land will be a worthy addition to the Disneyland Resort and will match the level of quality found in Orlando.

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