On August 13, 2017, The Great Movie Ride will make its final appearance. The last of the original rides/attractions to open along with Disney’s MGM Studios on May 1, 1989, now known as Hollywood Studios, is closing for good. The ride, which is housed in the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre building, takes guests through an area with movie memorabilia, a loop of film history narrated by the late Robert Osborn of Turner Classic Movies, and then on to a pair of large trackless vehicles where you sit comfortably while going through a number of movie sets from historic and famous pictures.
Some pictures from a few of our rides over the years.
A number of genres are represented, from dance and musical movies, to gangster and cowboy flicks, action/adventure, romance, sci-fi and horror films, animated films, and other classics. Famous actors and movies are shown throughout, with fantastic sets and animatronics to represent them. Some of the greats here are Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Judy Garland. Some of the film sets reproduced in this ride include Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Public Enemy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Casablanca, Alien, and near the end of the ride, a huge set of The Wizard of Oz!!!
Watch this full ride video of our last time on The Great Movie Ride.
Some surprises with the ride operator Cast Member and other Interactive CM’s occur, sometimes with the famous Mugsy character, and other times with a cowboy right out of a western! Also, the Oz set with all of the Munchkins, and of course the Wicked Witch of the West is a sight to behold. The ride rounds out with a montage of famous films through the years, and of course a round of applause for your ride operator CM!!!
Here are some more of our pictures from The Great Movie Ride.
The Great Movie Ride will definitely be missed by many, and it is indeed sad to see it go, especially being the last of the originals for this park. Time will tell if the replacement ride, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, can surpass TGMR, but it will have to be pretty great to fill those shoes!!!
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