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The Great Movie Ride is Closing Forever Next Month. Here's What is Replacing It

Earlier this week a rumor from 2016 re-surfaced that seemed to suggest that The Great Movie Ride, which is a Disney's Hollywood Studios classic and one of the most iconic rides in all of Walt Disney World, would close forever in 2018 and would then be transformed into the Great Mickey Ride. This rumor turned out to be false, as it was revealed at the recent D23 Expo Disney Parks and Resorts Panel that the Great Movie Ride was actually closing in 2017, on August 13th, which is just under a month away.

This seems like quite the sudden closure, and will bring Disney's Hollywood Studios down to just 4 rides total until Toy Story Land opens next year. And though fans of this park will lament yet another closing at this park, Disney released the first details about the ride replacing this classic attraction: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

Mickey and Minnie get their first "real" ride 

Image: Disney

Though Mickey Mouse has appeared in several rides over the years (including the now doomed Great Movie Ride), it looks like Disney is finally giving its most famous character the chance to star in his own ride, along with Minnie Mouse and some of his other pals. However, instead of being based on some of the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be directly inspired by the Mickey Shorts that are shown on the Disney Channel (and have their own channel at Disney resorts). As you might expect, the people who produce the shorts at Disney Television Animation are partnering with Disney Parks and Resorts to help bring the attraction to life.

The actual setup of the attraction is pretty standard, as it will allow guests to literally step "through" a movie screen and join Mickey and his friends on a fun adventure where you’re the star of your own Mickey short and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure features surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes.

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Judging by what they shared with us it looks like this really is going to be a groundbreaking attraction and I'm sure it will be a huge hit. But a couple things don't really sit well with me. Why do they need to replace the Great Movie Ride? It just seems like Mickey's first ride should be in the Magic Kingdom. Now of course there are practical reasons why this might not be able to happen but still. Plus The Great Movie Ride was the iconic attraction at MGM studios. It would be the equivalent of getting rid of Spaceship Earth.

The second thing I have an issue with is why in the world are they basing Mickey's very first Eticket attraction on the only recently produced, non-iconic, somewhat irreverent, not popular current Mickey Cartoon short series. That is the most baffling choice to me. Any other style from his 90 year history would be infinitely more iconic and timeless. But maybe I'm being short sighted.

Will truly be sad to see the Great Movie Ride go. The park was my favorite as kid, back when it was still MGM. I got a chance to ride it last year, and got to hear the Robert Osbourne soundtrack (just before he passed) and it still reflected the love and the joy I have for movies. From Bogie and Bergman to the Wicked Witch to Indiana Jones to the still-legitimately scary scene aboard the Nostromo. All gone now. I understand the reasoning, but still...If someone touches my beloved Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, though, there will be words, is all I'm sayin'.

The Great Movie Ride was one of the few attractions at Hollywood studios that was fun for the whole family. Removing it is a mistake. Leave the Great Movie Ride and add the MIckey and Minnie ride somewhere else. #Sad

Not gonna lie, I'm pretty upset about this. By the time I go back (most likely next May, so I won't even get to ride before it's gone), they'll have gotten rid of yet another of my favorite rides after they already replaced Maelstrom with the Frozen ride.

Do you know when it will open? Thanks!


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