Hollywood Studios Great Movie Ride Displays Removed

The Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios closed last year. A new ride, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will open in the same space in 2019. Visitors to Hollywood Studios may have seen some subtle changes to the outside of the Chinese Theater as the location transitions to the new ride. Our latest visit saw us making a sad discovery.

Chinese Theater

The Chinese Theater has two “shopfront” style windows that were home to displays showcasing the premiere of Mary Poppins in 1965 and the Jungle Book films at the original Chinese Theater. But, our latest visit saw a change to the displays.

In the picture below you can see a large photo of the original Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA on the night of the premiere of Mary Poppins.

Chinese Theater Display Prior to Great Movie Ride Closure

Now, the display is missing that photo.

Chinese Theater Display December 2018
Chinese Theater Display December, 2018

Some of the Mary Poppins items were still in the window when we were there. We are uncertain if they will remain there or not, or if the photo is being replaced.

Chinese Theater Display December, 2018

The second window is looking equally bare as signage has also been removed from this display.

Chinese Theater Display December, 2018

The Jungle Book items were still in the display on the day we were in the park.

Chinese Theater Display December, 2018

In particular, we noticed the informative signs labeled with TCM are no longer there. TCM was a sponsor of The Great Movie Ride.

Do you miss The Great Movie Ride? What do you think of the change in the displays? Let us know in the comments below!

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8 Replies to “Hollywood Studios Great Movie Ride Displays Removed”

  1. Still mourning the loss of The Great Movie Ride. It was like coming ho me to visit there and see the familiar displays. I am so sad that I never got to take my “significant other” there. 🙁

  2. I’ve preciously posted similar comments on this. I promise,this will be my last lament to this ride:

    What I will miss most about the Great Movie Ride is that it was one of the last attractions exclusively for us old geezers. I sighed with nostalgic reflection when my kids would say, “who’s that old cowboy on the horse talking about pilgrims?” Or “what the hell does, here’s lookin’ at you kid, mean?” (And yes, my kids do occasionally use profane sentence enhancers ……and smoke the occasional unfiltered Lucky Strike. After all, your only 7 once.). I took great comfort watching the montage of movie clips at the end, knowing that my kids couldn’t name more than a few of them. “Who’s Stella daddy, and why is that guy screaming her name?” A private viewing just for me and Father Time. So to you, Great Movie Ride, I say “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light……”

  3. Making Disney all kid friendly ruins it for adults, the lose of this and Maelstrom are a tradgedy to park goers who adore history. Maelstrom was factual Norwegian history and lore, not Frozen…

    1. Robert, I couldn’t agree more. Kids are highly overrated. And last I checked, it was all of my (adult) hard earned money that was being spent there. If three year olds want their own rides, they need to get a job and buy their own tickets.

      …….and the brain dead imagineers will not stop til, they have turned EPCOT into me giant KIDCOT.

    1. Last I checked, all of the “little ones” needed a grown up escort. And those escorts enjoy an occasional ride that’s stimulates the adult endorphins.