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Disney, Panasonic Collaborative Attraction Opens

“Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” is Walt Disney World’s latest attraction.

 “Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway” – the newest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida – has been brought to life using Panasonic’s 4K projection technology.

“Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway” features the latest technology between Disney and Panasonic, and the first Disney ride-through attraction featuring both Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

“As Disney guests enter ‘Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway,’ they enter into a cartoon world unlike anything they've experienced before," says John Baisley, senior vice president, professional imaging and visual systems, Panasonic. “Not only do our 4K laser projectors precisely reconstruct the specific color range of the actual ‘Mickey Mouse’ cartoons, visitors to become immersed in a world where the physical and visual environment are seamlessly blended together. This required flexible, reliable and customizable projection technology to meet the complexity of the attraction configuration.”

“Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway” takes park-goers to the world of "Mickey Mouse" via cartoon short where they'll find themselves aboard a train to the Wild West, visiting a carnival and diving over a waterfall.

“Because this is the first ride-through attraction that features Mickey Mouse and other iconic Disney characters, this ride required technology that could seamlessly recreate colors, scenes and characters that we all know and love,” says Tom LaDuke, principal show systems designer, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Guests will truly feel like they've left the 'real world' behind when they enter our attraction, and with Panasonic's high-quality 4K projection technology and unmatched support, we are able to make the cartoon world a reality.”

The ride is scheduled to open at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. in 2022

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