New Mickey & Minnie ride will have loads of surprises
Many surprises are in the works for passengers aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the under-construction ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Make that many surprises, according to Imagineer Kevin Rafferty, creative director and writer on the project.
The story line of the attraction, which debuts March 4, puts visitors into a new Mickey Mouse short named “Perfect Picnic.”
“Once you’re inside that short, you have to believe that you’re totally in it, and you’re surrounded by it,” Rafferty said “So, we have every magical trick in the book that we’ve done through the years, historically, in addition to some new technologies that we’ve invented to help you believe that you actually are in that world.”
An early surprise is in the pre-show, which was previewed by members of the media during the lead-up to opening of Rise of the Resistance ride in the park’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land. Big-screen Mickey and Minnie are happily preparing for a leisurely afternoon. A theme song uses perky words such as “countryside” and “peachy-keen.”
“They’re so excited about it. They don’t even realize they pack Pluto in the trunk, along with their picnic basket … which gets the whole thing started,” Rafferty said.
After making several offers that were rejected by the family-owned church, Orlando officials sued to seize Faith Deliverance’s land through eminent domain.
But church officials fought back, saying they didn’t want to move for the price Orlando was offering. Eventually the city decided to drop its lawsuit and moved the stadium site about a block west using land it already owned.
“We knew we were in for a long battle,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said at that time.
But other times, homeowners feel they have no choice but to surrender their property to the government and take the monetary compensation.
In 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation purchased the homes in a 41-lot neighborhood near Altamonte Springs for more than $11.4 million and also paid the owners about $1.1 million in additional relocation costs.
The transportation department said it needed the land, just south of State Road 436, for a retention pond for the ongoing Interstate 4 widening project. Many of the uprooted homeowners had resided in the neighborhood for decades. But the state agency later dropped plans for the retention pond — after bulldozing the houses.
In the Casselberry case, Chan points to an appraisal commissioned by her attorney that determined the property just north Triplet Lake Drive is worth $1.45 million. Chan adds that her property is along one of Central Florida’s busiest roads with more than 56,500 vehicles passing by
The pre-show includes Goofy in the role of a train engineer. (Photography was not allowed during this preview.) Not to be too spoiler-y, but something goes goofily wrong on screen, and then in real life there’s a puff of smoke and — poof — an entryway that wasn’t there a moment ago. That’s what creators call a “scenic illusion.” There are several such events during the course of Runaway Railway, which is being completed inside the former
every day, according to transportation department measures.
Her attorney called it a “David versus Goliath” fight and pointed out that because Chan ended up turning over her property to Casselberry doesn’t mean she agreed to the seizure.
“Government is able to take property no matter how much the owner is able to protest if the government can show that there is a public purpose,” Lopez said. “If you’re a property owner, there’s always the potential that the government can take your property…. But they have to provide fair and full compensation.”
Chan, a Maitland resident, declined to talk to the Orlando Sentinel about her case because she is “a very private person,” according to Lopez.
Casselberry’s appraisal shows her property is worth $723,000. The Seminole County Property Appraiser’s Office lists it with an assessed value of $251,218.
City Manager Randy Newlon said Chan’s vacant shopping center is in such disrepair that it currently doesn’t meet the city’s codes to accept new tenants.
“She currently can’t do anything with the building,” Newlon said. “And our goal is to improve that area.”
According to a “stipulated order of taking” signed by Circuit Judge Susan Stacy on Oct. 3, the $800,000 is the minimum or “floor” that Chan can receive from Casselberry for her property. Nothing prevents her from seeking more money through a jury trial. Casselberry recently submitted an offer of $1 million, according to
“Be an attraction,” Dick said. “But don’t be a distraction.”
Some people will never find sign spinning very attractive.
But to answer this week’s question: Yes, it is legal in most places around Central Florida.
And since it moves product, sign spinning will probably be around as long as billboards and pop-up ads and radio jingles.
In other words, it’s here to stay. In fact, the last sound anyone on Earth ever hears might indeed be a trumpet blast.
Probably “Here Comes the Bride.” Great Movie Ride building at the theme park.
“Let me just say that’s the tip of the iceberg,” Rafferty said. “You go places you don’t expect; you do things you don’t expect. One surprise after another.”
Despite their 91-year history, Mickey and Minnie have never had a Disney theme park ride. Rafferty theorizes that the duo’s lack of occupations or home bases have made it a storytelling challenge in the past. On the other hand, they’ve been … everywhere.
“Where do you start with that, right?” Rafferty said. “I just personally think the time has come. The technology is there. Again, the look in the comedy case of the shorts is there, the kind of edginess of all that. It just all kind of came together where it was. It was time, and now it’s time to do it.”
After several mediation attempts between Chan’s and Casselberry’s attorneys failed — including one that was labeled as an “impasse” by the mediator on Nov. 13, according to court documents — the two sides are now headed to court. Chan’s attorney said he hasn’t decided how much they will seek.
According to state law, Casselberry must compensate Chan for her attorney’s fees and other reasonable costs in defending the seizure of her property.
Newlon said Casselberry is using funds from the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to pay for acquiring Chan’s property.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.