Smugglers Run or Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway?

from Jenna

I will be visiting WDW in the third week of April. Should I book my Tier 1 Hollywood Studios FastPass as Smugglers Run or Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway? This is barring any issues, but we do have the 60 day window. We have a 5-day park hopper so I could potentially book both on different days as well. I am more interested in Smugglers Run, but I would ideally like to ride both. I hear it is not too difficult to get on Smugglers Run without a FastPass. Let me know what you think!

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The new marquee for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. It's hard to choose between Millennium Falcon:Smugglers Run and Mickey and Minnie's when choosing FastPass+

The new marquee for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway looks pretty cool – photo courtesy of Disney

Jenna, I am having this very same dilemma. Mrs. Mom and I are going to WDW in April and I have to make FastPass reservations next week. I’m struggling with this same question between Slinky Dog Dash (Mrs. Mom hasn’t ridden yet) and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

It’s kind of hard to know on February 11th, Runaway Railway doesn’t open until March 4th. We’re not quite sure how it’s going to handle crowds yet and what impact it will have on Smugglers Run.

Smugglers Run or Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

When I get a question about which one should I choose, I like to say, choose the one that fits you best. You say you are more interested in Smuggler’s Run. That’s the one you should choose. While it’s not hard to get on Smugglers Run without a FastPass, there’s still typically an hour+ long line.

 

I might choose Smuggler’s Run because it’s farther from the entrance than Runaway Railway. When the gates open, right after you get the boarding pass for Galaxy’s Edge you can scurry to Runaway Railway. It’s a hike back to Smuggler’s Run. A long hike.

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On the Other Hand

I wouldn’t normally expect the line on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway to be as long as Smugglers Run, but in April it might. We know the queue for Smugglers Run is pretty cool, but don’t know what Runaway Railway is going to be like yet. Mmmm…

Flip a Coin

I guess you could flip a coin. Heads Runaway Railway and tails Smugglers Run. Or you can see which one has a better time or is available at all on FastPass day. It’s pretty much a coin flip kind of thing.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Jenna, there is no wrong answer here. It really is a coin flip. I lean toward Smugglers Run for you because that’s the one you really want to go on. But if it’s not available Runaway Railway, or even Slinky Dog Dash are good alternatives.

 

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