Farewell to the Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As Disney’s Hollywood Studios continues to transform into something else. Disney’s Movieland, perhaps? The stream of goodbyes to original attractions from when the Disney/MGM Studios opened in 1989 continues.

The latest attraction will close in a couple of days and was a surprise to me. When Turner Classic Movies (TCM) came on as a sponsor for the Great Movie Ride a couple of years ago I thought it meant a new lease on life for the iconic attraction. Alas, though it did get spruced up some and TCM host Robert Osborne introduced the movie montage, Disney recently announced the Great Movie Ride would be replaced with a Mickey Mouse based ride.

Below is my tribute to one of my favorite attractions.

The Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

The Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I will miss the Great Movie Ride. I am a fan of all the movie genres found inside from gangsters to westerns and from musicals to science fiction. Mickey Mouse and Disney has some big shoes to fill.

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3 Replies to “Farewell to the Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios”

  1. It’s a bittersweet goodbye. I loved The Great Movie Ride before TCM took over. But I’m excited to see the replacement ride! I think it’s great that they’re updating the parks, even though that means that we have to say goodbye to the classics.

  2. I would hope (but don’t see how it make sense) that Disney will put the Mickey Mouse ride inside the same building. I really would hate for the park to lose Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It’s iconic.

  3. I am so sad that this is closing. It has been one of my favorite rides and one of my must do’s on every trip. I remember riding this with my grandparents when I was little and my grandpa would sing along to a lot of the movies. The Great Movie Ride will be deeply missed.