After 28 years of continuous operation inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, formerly Disney’s – MGM Studios, “The Great Movie Ride” closes today. The attraction employs the use of Audio-Animatronic figures, live actors, special effects, and projections to recreate iconic scenes from twelve classic films throughout motion picture history. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be replacing this attraction at a later date TBD.
Current of the current movies represented include:
- The Wizard of Oz
- Singin’ in the Rain
- A Fistful of Dollars
- The Public Enemy
- Tarzan the Ape Man
- Footlight Parade
Notable props currently residing in the queue
- Wardrobe pieces and miniature scale props from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
- The Dejarik board used aboard the Millennium Falcon in the original Star Wars.
- Freddy Krueger’s red and green striped sweater from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.
- Alex Delarge’s hat from A Clockwork Orange.
- Rose’s dress from Titanic.
The Great Movie Ride Tribute Video
Last year, Martin Smith from MartinsVidsDotNet created a tribute video for The Great Movie Ride. Finally, I wanted to leave you here with his video and his description. While, the video is a bit long, at 83 minutes, but it filled with wonderful clips and insight, since its inception up to now.
A colossal project that has ended up better than I could have hoped. Starting with the origins of the pavilion in the mid 1980s see how it developed through concept art and plans in a full concept and construction section. See the layout of the pavilion and how multiple ride vehicles run at the same time, how the pavilion was built, and how the interior sets and props fit in. Following the grand opening take a look at changes made over the years, including the original – shot in full in source like quality and the original and 2014 finale films also in source like quality. Then take a full tour of the TCM sponsored pavilion, shot in full HD for the highest quality. Look around the exterior, the window displays and the courtyard. Walk the queue taking in all the decor and display details. See highlights of the new – – shot on tripod – as Robert Osborne introduces each movie genre, then take your seat for a full 36 minute ride, shot from multiple simultaneous HD angles for every detail, every show scene in full and for complete coverage and with excellent low light footage too. Both hold-up show scenes are also covered in full from multiple simultaneous angles, and finally the new finale movie is shown in full from start to finish in source like quality. Add to this possibly the most complex multi track stereo audio mix I’ve attempted to date. Audio is almost exclusively source or induction for the best possible quality of every audio detail, effect, score and narration.