A trip through the final showing of the Great Movie Ride.
It’s been awhile since the Great Movie Ride wrapped at Hollywood Studios. It definitely hit me harder than Universe of Energy (though I’ll miss that one too!). Growing up, Hollywood Studios (or back then, MGM Studios) was (and still is) my favorite park. It instilled in me a love of entertainment and helped shape my interests and career goals. The park is definitely going through an identity change right now, and my fingers are crossed that I’ll still love it on the other side.
Throughout Hollywood Studios’ changes, up til now the Great Movie Ride has been a constant. With tons of animatronics helping you explore classic films, it was a ride I loved riding again and again. As a kid, Alien was BY FAR my favorite scene, and I couldn’t wait to be old enough to see the actual film.
One of the most unique aspects of the ride was the cast member who would narrate your trip through the films. Other WDW attractions have guides (Jungle Cruise still does, the Land used to, etc), but what made The Great Movie Ride unique was how the narrator also became an actor/actress in the show, and got replaced by a 20’s mobster or western bandit. For those of you who rode The Great Movie Ride, which was your favorite? (Mine was the mobster scene, though the exploding bank in the Western scene was always pretty awesome.) I remember being disappointed as a kid when the mobster/bandit would end up dying in the tomb, though – apparently I was siding with the baddies from the get go.
I’m excited to see what the new Mickey/Minnie ride will be like, but I’ll always miss The Great Movie Ride. To wrap up the post, here’s some photos from our last trip through the movies!
Singing in the Rain (1952)
Mary Poppins (1964)
The gangster area, inspired by multiple films of the 1920s and beyond.
The Western holdup scene!
My favorite area! Alien (1979).
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Wizard of Oz (1939).
I hope you enjoyed your trip through the movies! The Great Movie Ride is gone, but its memory will definitely live on with its fans.