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10 Mickey Cartoons to Watch Before Experiencing Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland

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  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland Park officially opened on January 27, 2023
  • The attraction takes place in the El CapiTOON Theater within Mickey’s Toontown — a land exclusive to the Disneyland Resort
  • The queue features a special exhibit created by the Toontown Hysterical Society featuring costumes and props from popular Mickey Mouse films, shorts and TV series.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runway Railway is now open at Disneyland Park and, oh boy, the queue is packed full of Mickey Mouse cartoon Easter eggs and surprises around every corner! For a fan such as myself who grew up watching “Walt Disney Classics” Mickey cartoons on VHS and “The Disney Afternoon” cartoons in the ’90s, this new queue had me feeling like a kid again. It even features props from the newest era of “A Mickey Mouse Cartoon” shorts, which is the creative basis for the new trackless dark ride that will have you screaming “Potatoland!”

But in case you’re new to the series or want to brush up on the classics, I’ve compiled a list of 10 Mickey cartoons to watch that’ll help you better enjoy the creative details of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway queue at Disneyland Park.

Steamboat Willie (1928)

One of the first rooms you enter showcases some of the most iconic props from Mickey Mouse’s history of shorts and films – most noticeably, the steamboat helm from “Steamboat Willie.” Go ahead and give it a whirl because it’s the wheel deal!

Steamboat Willie boat helm prop inside the queue for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disneyland Park located at Mickey's Toontown

Where to Watch: Enjoy Mickey Mouse’s debut cartoon, “Steamboat Willie”, on Walt Disney Animation Studios YouTubeDisney.com and Disney+ and see what made Walt’s little hero a movie star.

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Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Fantasia

Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Fantasia (1940)
Mickey Mouse sorcerers apprentice cartoon outfit and book props located inside the queue for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disneyland Park located within Mickey's Toontown.

One of the most recognizable and largest displays of props comes from the short “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” featured in the full-length feature “Fantasia.” I highly recommend taking your time as you move through this portion of the queue; there are so many fun props to enjoy, including the Sorcerer’s hat that still has some magic left in it. Have your cameras ready!

Where to Watch: “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” can be viewed on Disney.com and “Fantasia” is available to stream on Disney+\

Lonesome Ghosts (1937)

In this short, fearless ghost hunters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy —members of the “Ajax Ghost Exterminator” agency — meet their match when they are called to remove some pesky ghosts from the old McShiver Mansion. As you make your way around the room, you may notice a familiar phone and dresser that are haunted by the spirits of “Lonesome Ghosts.” If you stare into the mirror long enough, you might catch a few surprises and even notice the airplane (a prop from the 1928 black and white silent Mickey Mouse short “Plane Crazy“) begin to take flight.

Collection of Mickey Mouse cartoon short props located inside the queue for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. Notably an airplane from 1928 Plane Crazy and Lonesome Ghosts 1937 mirror dresser.  The ride is located in Disneyland Park at Mickey's Toontown.

Where to Watch: A restored and remastered short version of “Lonesome Ghosts” can be viewed on Mickey Mouse YouTube and Disney.com. The complete original 9-minute version is available to stream on Disney+.

Mickey’s Birthday Party (1942)

This short is jam-packed with music, dancing and volcanic cake batter as Minnie Mouse and the whole gang surprise Mickey with an unforgettable birthday party. Did you know that Mickey and Minnie’s birthday is November 18, 1928? Be on the lookout for his birthday cake and outfit on display. But beware! Though this cake certainly looks good enough to eat, it’s only a prop.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party cake and costume props located inside the queue for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disneyland Park located within Mickey's Toontown.

Where to Watch: A restored and remastered short version of “Mickey’s Birthday Party” can be viewed on Mickey Mouse YouTube and Disney.com. The complete original 9-minute version is available to stream on Disney+.\

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Clip: Mickey & The Beanstalk

Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947)

One of the more iconic scenes inside the queue is the magic beanstalk breaking through the ceiling of the attraction from “Mickey And The Beanstalk”. In a story based on the timeless adventures of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” Mickey, Donald and Goofy climb up into the sky to a place where everything is huge — the food, the castle and the fearsome giant named Willy who guards a beautiful golden harp!

Where to Watch: “Mickey And The Beanstalk” can be streamed on Disney+ as an animated featurette in “Disney Fun and Fancy Free.”

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Pluto’s Christmas Tree

Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952)

The next stop along your tour features no ordinary Christmas tree and holiday decorations; these are props from a short featuring the iconic duo Chip ‘n Dale! If you look closely on the fireplace mantle, you’ll notice the Santa candles where Dale tried to blend in without getting caught by Mickey as Pluto does his best to stop the chipmunks from ruining Christmas. In the end, this short shows us what Christmas is all about: spending time with loved ones and taking the surprises of the season in stride.

Where to Watch: “Pluto’s Christmas Tree” can be viewed on Disney.com and streamed on Disney+.

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Clip: The Cratchits

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

After passing costumes from an ‘80s disco party, you’ll notice a familiar desk and teddy bear from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” which features many of Mickey’s friends — including a non-speaking appearance by Mr. Toad, who plays Mr. Fezziwig.

Where to Watch: This Christmas classic where Scrooge learns to embrace the spirit of the season can be streamed on Disney+.

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The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper (1990)

Heading into the ’90s, you’ll find both of Mickey’s outfits from “The Prince and the Pauper.” In this legendary tale, two boys who look exactly alike meet by chance and decide to switch places: a pauper named Mickey and the Crown Prince. Together, they must figure out how to save the kingdom from the evil Captain Pete who wants the throne for himself!

Mickey's Mouse costumes form The Prince and the Pauper located inside the queue for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disneyland Park located within Mickey's Toontown.

Where to Watch: “The Prince and the Pauper” can be streamed on Disney+.

Mickey Mouse Shorts – Potatoland (2013) Season 1, Episode 13

Possibly my favorite Mickey Mouse short of all time, “Potatoland” hits all the right notes for Disneyland fans. In a heartwarming tale of friendship, Mickey and Donald get to work making Goofy’s dream of seeing Potatoland — a potato-themed amusement park — come true.

As you near the concessions stand within the El CapiTOON Theater, you can’t miss the giant potato dressed as “President Spud.”

Potatoland prop from Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disneyland featured in ride queue. As seen in Potatoland from Mickey Mouse shorts cartoon

Where to Watch: “Potatoland” can be viewed on Mickey Mouse YouTube and streamed —along with all episodes of the newest “Mickey Mouse” shorts and “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” — on Disney+.

Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers (2017)

Hot rod diggity dog! The next few props come from a variety of Disney Junior series of Mickey and friends cartoons. One particular series is “Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers” featuring Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Daisy who run a garage in Hot Dog Hills as they get ready to compete with their transforming roadsters in races around town and around the world. I personally enjoyed “Mickey’s Perfecto Day” which stars The Three Caballeros. Buckle up for some laughs!

Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers cartoon props located inside the queue for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disneyland Park located within Mickey's Toontown.

Where to Watch: “Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers” can be viewed on Disney Junior YouTube and streamed on the DisneyNOW app and Disney+.

I can’t wait for you to experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, now open at Disneyland Park. It is truly a one-of-a-kind attraction and queue that honors Mickey and friends and fits perfectly into the overall theme of Mickey’s Toontown.

Have you had a chance to experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland Park? Leave a comment letting me know your favorite part of the queue!

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