Disney Hollywood Studios
(closing August 13, 2017)
The Great Movie Ride
|Disney Hollywood Studios
The Great Movie Ride attraction at the Disney Hollywood Studios gives you a chance to go behind the silver screen for a look at some great scenes from legendary Hollywood movies. Film clips, a thrilling soundtrack, and many life-like Audio-Animatronics figures bring these memorable scenes to life as you ‘ride’ through the history of motion pictures.
The attraction is housed inside the full-size replica of Hollywood’s famous Chinese Theater. It is located at the far end of Hollywood Blvd. after you enter the Disney Hollywood Studios Theme Park.
Before entering the Theater you find yourself in a courtyard. Be sure to look down at the ground. You’ll see names and handprints of famous actors who have visited the studios, including Alan Alda, Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, Charlton Heston, Samuel L. Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Bette Midler, Tom Cruise, Jim Henson and even Kermit the Frog.
While waiting on line for the ride, you are treated to a continuous reel of movie clips. The clips are quite enjoyable and depending on how many you recognize, will really make you feel old in front of your kids!! Even though the queue area is large with a lot of zig-zags, the line moves along pretty quickly and you are thoroughly entertained by the film clips.
You then enter a large area and board your enormous ride vehicle. A Cast Member rides along with you to act as your guide. Along the ride, you will encounter scenes from famous movies such as:
- Footlight Parade
- Singin’ in the Rain
- Mary Poppins
- Public Enemy
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Wizard of Oz
Fear Factor Alert: There is a gangster scene where your ride vehicle is ambushed and taken over by an actor posing as an armed mobster. There is a scuffle and guns are fired – fake of course! Younger kids may be frightened by this part of the ride because it really does seem real. I know I fell for it the first time I rode! Also note that the Alien and even the Wizard of Oz scenes my scare some kids.
The ride comes to an end in a theater-like setting where you will be treated to another montage of memorable motion picture moments.
After riding, you will really have an appreciation for the entertainment that Hollywood has provided for us over the decades.