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The Great Movie Ride

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 7 out of 10

Narrated Ride

Robert Niles

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Published: February 15, 2015

Housed in a re-creation of Hollywood’s famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater, The Great Movie Ride is, as the name suggests, a ride through some of the greatest movies Hollywood has filmed. You’ll ride in “moving theaters” (much like the ones in Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Epcot) through tributes to Busby Berkeley musicals, Singing in the Rain, Mary Poppins, James Cagney’s The Public Enemy, Clint Eastwood and John Wayne westerns, Alien, the Indiana Jones movies, Tarzan, Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz. Most of the films depicted in the ride were made or licensed by Disney’s former partner in the theme park, MGM. However, Disney continued to hold the rights to use these scenes in this ride, even though Disney had to drop the MGM brand from the park itself. Oh, and by the way, even when “something goes terribly wrong” for your tour guide, don’t give up hope. Don’t most Hollywood classics have a happy ending?

Tom Wilson
This ride needs updating, more professional tour guides, and brilliance.
Hooray for Hollywood... really ? more like Booray for Hollywood...
poor lighting, older weak theme, and over grainy movie lead while standing on line. Maybe would have been hot in 1960's but this is a new era..
good for a snooze on a hot day..
Keith Schneider
The definitive attraction of The Studios! Many of the greatest moments in movie history that make an overall great show.
Rob Pastor
Excellent attraction that really captures the movie theme. Perfect as the flag ship attraction for Hollywood Studios. Its a nice journey through movie nostalgia, especially if you get a good guide.
Jonathan Katz
One of my favorites in the park. It could use a little TLC, but the detailed experience (especially Alien!!) and film at the end make you really appreciate old school cinema. 8/10
Joshua Goodstein
The set design in this ride is great, and the story is good. The main issue with the ride is that the tour guides, gangsters, and cowboys tend to phone in the script. I think with some better actors serving as the performers, and with minor script changes that provide more information about the films than the titles and a couple of the lead actors. Disney should not change the films in this ride just because guests don't know them. It's "The Great Movie Ride," not the "Contemporary Movie Ride." Guests not knowing the movies shown is their fault, not Disney's.
Bryce McGibeny
Shouldn't miss it at the Studios! A classic attraction but it needs a little refurbishment or update. I believe that this is the heart and soul of Hollywood Studios.

The alien scene may be too scary for children. 10/10

Brent Moody
Great ride to cool off in on a hot day.
Manny Barron
This is the oldest attraction in the park but it is one of the most underrated in all of Disney World. Even though the movies portrayed are old, the set design is truly fun to look at The live actors in the attraction are also a positive aspect of the ride. The queue is really ornate and sets up the mood for the ride. Whats best is this fast loading attraction rarely has longer waits than 20 minutes.
Jeff Krinock
I am fine with the tour guide, but they lost me when a character took over the ride. Just a silly waste of time.
Nick McKaig
I want to keep liking this ride as I have fond memories of it from childhood, but to put it bluntly this ride deserved to be gone with the '90's. Technologically speaking, it's so far behind it's laughable. Could maybe get by in a lesser park, but Disney should not settle for this. 3/10.
I like this ride but it needs a lot of love and care. Please remove the clips in the end. This again has nothing to do with making movies or explaining stuff.

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