Chuuby: Disney’s Newest Bird Enters the Spotlight

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disneyland Park. Home of Disney’s new character Chuuby, the little orange bird who entertains guests with song and dance. Image: Disney

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Chuuby is a little bird flying onto the scene as one of the newest Disney characters to appear at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. But who is this orange bird that appears in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway? Let’s take a look at who Chuuby is and how he got here.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Chuuby Shoulder Plush. Image: Disney

A New Ride Replaces a Great (Movie) Ride

At the D23 Expo in 2017, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway was announced as one of the new attractions coming to Walt Disney World. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway would replace The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, making its opening debut on March 4, 2020. The ride would later open in the newly reimagined Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland on January 27, 2023.

Goofy showing off the brand new ride, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, FL. Image: Disney

This historic attraction would mark the first time Mickey and Minnie are the stars of a ride at a Disney park, and this ride is bursting with classic Disney characters! Goofy plays engineer and Donald loses his cool (again). You can even find nods to Disney characters we don’t often see at Disney Parks. Max Goof and and his buddies from A Goofy Movie are just one of these gems. You can spot them on a poster parodying High School Musical in the foyer of El CapiTOON at Disneyland.

If you want more Disney easter eggs from Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, check out this podcast episode of D23 Inside Disney.

Scenes from inside Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Image: Disney

Featured among these Disney characters with icon status and cult followings is a new Disney character, Chuuby! The adorable orange bird who’s ready to entertain. Chuuby is a songbird whose antics make our heart sing! With his lovable face and charismatic personality, you can’t help but wonder if Chuuby could someday join the ranks of the iconic Disney characters and garner a cult following all his own.

Chuuby’s Characteristics

Chuuby sings in the barn in Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
Chuuby entertains from the barn. Image: Disney

Chuuby is a friendly little orange bird (no relation to Orange Bird!) who loves to ham it up in Runnamuck Park with his song and dance routine.

History of Chuuby

Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty shows off the Runaway Railway mouse ears he designed as part of the Disney Parks Designer Collection Ear Hat. Image:

Chuuby was developed as a new character especially for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Chuuby’s role in the ride was first imagined as a background part. Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty, Executive Creative Director for the attraction, described needing more action in a scene. The solution? Chuuby was given the spotlight with a larger role. Additionally, Chuuby was originally planned to be named Chubby. It wasn’t until a typo swapping the double b’s for double u’s that the name Chuuby was born. And it stuck! After all, a bird after our attention surely needs a name to match.

How Do You Pronounce Chuuby

Mickey’s Toontown Chuuby Ear Headband. Image: Disney

Chuuby is pronounced “choo-bee.” If you want a trick to remember, just think of riding a “choo choo train with Chuuby.”

Where Can You See Chuuby

Disney Parks

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride poster for Disneyland. Image: Disney

While riding Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Chuuby will be overhead entertaining guests just before entering the train tunnel. Look for him overhead again at the end of the ride as you exit to the unloading area.


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Chuuby makes an appearance in the book Disney All Aboard! Mickey’s Railway.

Television and Movies

Chuuby in The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse. Image: Laughing Place

Chuuby makes a brief appearance in the Disney+ special The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse. We see Chuuby land on Mickey’s nose before giving him a little peck. To read more about Chuuby’s appearance, check out The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse recap from Laughing Place.

Disney Chuuby Merchandise

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Chuuby is too cute to not bring home! When you need a burst of song and sunshine, Chuuby is your bird. We can’t get enough of the Chuuby merch in the parks and online and hope Disney continues to release more Chuuby products. If you are starting a Chuuby collection, send us photos or leave a comment. We’d love to hear about your finds!

Chuuby Ear Headband from Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

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A sweet little Chuuby plush sits atop this ear headband. This color combo has us singing for spring!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway MagicBand+ Limited Release

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Chuuby takes center stage on this Runaway Railway themed MagicBand+.

Chuuby Plush from Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

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Nothing cuter than a cuddly Chuuby!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Figure Set

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Recreate your favorite Runaway Railway moments with these figures!

Mickey’s Toontown Chuuby Crossbody Bag

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This Chuuby plush crossbody bag is full of cheer!

Exclusive Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Pin Set – ”All Started by a Mouse” – Limited Edition

This limited edition pin set was created for D23 members in honor of Walt Disney World’s 50th year. It’s a real treat to see Chuuby included! We also love this Chuuby pin from Etsy.

Chuuby Bird Embroidered Iron On Patch

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Chuuby on denim? Yes, you may and you’re welcome!

What’s next for Chuuby?

How far Chuuby’s star rises, only time will tell! Is Chuuby one of your favorite Disney characters? Are you going to keep an eye out for new Chuuby merch? We’d love to hear your thoughts on where you hope Chuuby pops up next.

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