Why Great Movie Ride Closed
"Millennials don’t really care about classic movies."
"It appears that the “Golden Age of Cinema” has lost its sheen to the young over the years, as millennials are turning their back on classic movies.
A new study finds that less than a quarter of millennials have watched a film from start to finish that was made back in the 1940s or 50s and only a third have seen one from the 1960s.
Thirty percent of young people also admit to never having watched a black and white film all the way through – as opposed to 85 percent of those over 50 – with 20 percent branding the films “boring.”
Should they have renovated the ride sooner to save it? Not really. The generation coming next will be even more indifferent. In essence, the Great Movie Ride is the whole park. Toy Story, Mickey Mouse, and Star Wars are all ancient history.
Well, I thought the point of the Great Movie Ride was supposed to get you interested in those movies. I found out about Footlight Parade from this attraction (DICK POWELL IS SCOTTY!)
I would advocate for Disney's classics like Snow White, but they removed Snow Whites Scary Adventures from the Magic Kingdom and removed her from Disneyland's Fantasmic in favor of Rapunzel. The Great Movie Ride suffered from neglect.
Sorry to spoil the mystery but the Great Movie Ride closed because it was rubbish.
Agreed with Ian. As someone born in 1990, I couldn't relate to most of the movies in the ride and I couldn't even identify about half. And experiencing the ride gave me no desire to look into the films.
FWIW- Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and The Grinch are IP used by Seaworld, Cedar Fair, and Universal, respectively so I do think those 60s cartoons have had an effect on young and old alike.
To put it bluntly, The Great Movie Ride closed because Disney was tired of paying other studios for their works when they now have an extensive catalogue of their own. That's why I'd bet that the Twilight Zone theme will be dropped from the Tower of Terror sooner rather than later.
Not everyone is a movie fan. Any millennial who hasn't seen a pre-1980 movie would never be inspired by The Great Movie Ride to see them. As a big movie fan I LOVE movies made many decades before I was born so I feel sad for someone like FloreanFortescue. But then, not everyone likes movies. I think that's is a big reason why the ride was closed. More and more people are not interested in any movie made before 1980. In 20 years most people will not be interested in movies made before 2000
It's a great ride for me because I love movies!
The thing is most people aren't interested in any old movies not made by Disney in a "Disney" theme park. At best, the ride should be a tribute to Disney classics including Mary Poppins, Snow White, and it's many 1960s classics like the Love Bug and Parent Trap, not including the remakes with Lindsay Lohan (who disappeared from the tabloids in recent years). It could have been a fun ride, but Disney has a bad track record in remaking old animatronic attractions. They just can't pull it off. That's why Epcot no longer has many animatronic attractions. It's easier to do a screen based ride like Mission Space or Soarin'.
"They just can't pull it off. That's why Epcot no longer has many animatronic attractions. It's easier to do a screen based ride like Mission Space or Soarin'."
"I'm not sure why you think EPCOT no longer has many animatronic attractions."
"IF you can't count, I can't help you."
"I think your premise here is flawed, and you're making some assumptions that are rather dubious."
The Great Movie Ride was an anchor of the park at a time when the parks focus was centered on movie making. It was an actual working studio. The premise around the park was a about the process of Movie, TV, and Animation. At the time of its construction, Universal Orlando had already been advertising for guests to “ride the movies” for almost 4 years (85-89). Disney was in a race to open the park and the GMR was central to the thematic experience.
"You have no response when I said "Epcot lost more animatronic rides than it has retained."
All my posted are edited before your responses. Check the time stamp.
I think Russell miscounted the "animatronic attractions" in Epcot.
I believe the main reason GMR is gone was that Disney was tired of paying for the royalties and with TCM pulling out, it had not extra money to spend.
I hope that Millennials will kill lazy generational stereotyping, too.
As a millennial AND a massive fan of the Great Movie Ride, this article clearly is relying on overused tropes endlessly sighing about the younger generation, rather than trying to research and gather genuine news (shocking to expect someone who writes news to actually have to put some effort into producing it, I know).
This isn't an article. Its a user post in a discussion forum. Maybe next time try understanding the difference.
@aftershocked - I think the wait times for GMR said it all. The attraction was practically a walk-on during most days of the year, and no more than a 20-30 minute wait during the busiest times. Whether that's due to millennial malaise, lack of upkeep/updating, or general indifference from both guests and Disney, is mostly supposition, though some here have pointed to a general ignorance of the "ME generation" to classic Hollywood revealed through a number of surveys and other sourced evidence.
It really has become a "Just a bunch of random IP" park given the plan.
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