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The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Hollywood Boulevard

Dark ride

Opening Date:
May 1, 1989

Closure Date:
Jan 1, 2018

Dark ride

Aboard this outstanding 22-minute, massive, live-narrated dark ride, 68 visitors at a time are whisked away into larger than life recreations of famous films from Indiana Jones and Casablanca to The Wizard of Oz and Alien. It's a classic must ride for film buffs and casual viewers alike.

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When it was first built, the Great Movie Ride was the centerpiece of Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios). Upon entering the park, guests could see straight down the main drag to a stunning replica of what was then known as Mann’s Chinese Theatre. This iconic ride was in fact the entire inspiration for the third Walt Disney World theme park. It was originally designed for Epcot, but then-CEO Michael Eisner loved the ride so much he decided to create an entire theme park around the idea of exploring a working movie studio.

Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures

We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for The Great Movie Ride. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.

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A True Classic that I Hope Never Leaves
Submitted by sirusstest
on Thursday, September 05, 2013 03:52

While quite a few Disney World guests might disagree, I feel that The Great Movie Ride is an essential piece to the Hollywood Studios park.

The ride goes through some of the biggest classic scenes that have ever hit the silver screen. The main attraction within the ride comes from the classic Wizard of Oz as you travel to munchkin land and experience the scene that brings the Wicked Witch to first meet Dorothy.

Add a couple of cheesy lines in for different movie scenes, and you end of with an enjoyable and smooth ride though the years that brought some of the top movies of all time that are still enjoyed today.

Let's All Go to the Movies!
Submitted by sirusstest
on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 11:38

Located directly in front of you as you enter the gates of Walt Disney World's Disney Studios theme park (though now hidden behind the large sorcerer's hat), is a recreation of the famous Mann's Chinese Theater from Hollywood. Within this building is "The Great Movie Ride", a celebration of some of the most famous moments from the golden age of cinema to today.

This 22-minute long attraction takes you on a tram ride showcasing some of Hollywood's earliest and most memorable movie moments. Along the way, you get to see amazingly realistic animatronic characters from some of the movies' famous actors, actresses, and characters such as James Cagney, Gene Kelly, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, John Wayne, the Wicked Witch of the West, and many others.

You get to travel through the time periods from cinema's earliest days to the various settings for many pictures such as the Old West, the 20's gangster era, and even an impressive recreation of the land of Oz. Your host will inform you as to some interesting bits of knowledge on the films as you're turning your head from side to side to see everything around you.

At one point, the host becomes "hijacked" in one of two (from what I understand) possible scenarios: a gangster comes and takes your tram (and makes wisecracks with you) until they reach a certain movie scene that ends up getting the best of them, leaving them a little char-broiled (nothing too bad, just a lot of tongue-in-cheek, lighthearted humor). Soon after, your host is back and you continue on your way.

Some of the more impressive set recreations that I enjoyed are from "Wizard of Oz", "Alien" (but note that this portion may frighten young children when they see the alien hiding nearby), "Mary Poppins", the dancing-from-a-lightpost-in-the-rain sequence from "Singin' in the Rain", and the Well of the Souls ark-raising sequence from "Raiders of the Lost Ark".

As the ride comes to its conclusion, the tram comes to a brief stop in front of a large screen, where memorable movie moments are displayed, showing that anything's possible in the movies, and just how far movies have come over the years.

Personally, I'd have to recommend going to see this attraction. It's interesting, a little fun, and a good way to get off your feet for a little while. The things that may be scary to younger ones isn't too bad, and the tram passes quickly from it anyway. I've been on "The Great Movie Ride" several times in my visits to Disney Studios, and though I do enjoy it, I think they might want to consider making some changes to include some more of today's films. That way the ride doesn't come across as completely dated. Regardless, it's still a good attraction, one worth checking out.


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