Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the attraction with the longest average wait time at Walt Disney World, has taken steps to reduce the time guests spend in line. Cast Members are now loading two parties per ride vehicle thanks to plexiglass dividers between the front and back rows of each car.
This increase in efficiency effectively doubles the amount of parties that can go through the attraction at a time. Parties will not be seated next to each other, so the attraction is still operating at an overall reduced capacity.
We made it out to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this morning to give you a first-hand look at the changes! We’ll start with the queue, which still has the standard social distancing markers and plexiglass dividers where groups pass closely. There is still no pre-show playing.
The first change that allows for the ride capacity increase has been in place for some time, but it’s worth noting – plexiglass dividers in the load area. This allows guests to stand next to each other as they wait to load into the ride vehicle.
Of course, the big change is the addition of plexiglass on every ride vehicle to allow for a doubling of capacity. In our opinion, the plexiglass here is marginally more intrusive than Rise of the Resistance simply because of how much brighter scenes are in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – leading to a few more reflections when sitting in the second row. Of course, the trade off of hopefully shorter waits is very likely worth it.
Here are some photos that give you an idea of what riding in the back row is like now.
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