The cartoon mountain range at Toontown has been demolished as part of the work related to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland.
In our case, we’re interested in the mountain range that is “attached” to the entertainment building past the service road. This whole entire area has been or will be demolished soon to make room for the Disneyland version of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Thanks to an updated look at the work this afternoon from our friends at Discover the Magic on Instagram, we can see that the entire mountain range has been demolished, revealing backstage buildings.
We can even see some heavy machinery used for the demolition peeking through the trees.
Even more on-the-ground reporting shows blue skies in Southern California instead of the usual blue skies and cartoon mountains.
The Toontown Five and Dime shop is expected to be where the entrance to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be when the work is finished. Expect an all-new facade as seen in the concept art.
The removal of the mountains isn’t necessarily unexpected, as Disney stated that a portion of the mountains would be coming down as part of the project.
What may have been unexpected is that more of the mountains came down than was originally planned. Reportedly, Disney tried to take down one section of the mountains and the entire backstage mountain range came down as a result. It’s unclear if Disney will attempt to add the mountains back in once the work has been completed, but it seems very likely given that they’ll have to hide the massive show building.
Here’s the description of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway from Disney: “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic that we’re calling 2 ½-D. No glasses required.
On the attraction, the fun begins when you see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. And for the first time, we shared a preview of what the cars will look like when you board the attraction for a zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns.”
Keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to monitor the construction of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland.