Today is the last day you can ride The Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, before it closes. I have fond memories of this ride from when I was a child to the present day with my kids and we all agreed we wanted to head over to Hollywood Studios for one last ride!
I love the old rides, the ones that use cast members as actors to make the experience more exciting and real and The Great Movie Ride is one of the last rides of this kind so I for one am really sad to see it go.
For those of you who never had the pleasure of riding and for those who want to look back on what it was like, here is our last ride.
We fortunately managed to fast pass this ride as the queue of people wanting to go on it before it closes was over two hours long!
We headed to the big room where old movies are played on the big screen and waited eagerly for the doors to open.
There are large trams that take you round the ride. Each is driven by a cast member who narrates throughout the journey through some of the most memorable moments in movie history.
We set off through the shining lights of 1930’s Hollywood into “Musical Street” and past the pyramid of people that depicts Footlight Parade (1933) on the right and Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Gene Kelly on the left. Before turning past Mary Poppins (1964).
The music and atmosphere changed as we passed into “Gangster Alley” and became part of a scene from The Public Enemy (1931).
All of a sudden we got to the red stop light and it was time for the shoot out, with our cast member disappearing as we were kidnapped and our tram taken.
We rode through the big doors into “Western Town” where we saw John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.
As we went through to the next part of the ride, again the atmosphere changed and it became very dark. We were on a spaceship and in a scene from Alien (1979) with Sigourney Weaver looking scared and an alien about to come out a hatch above us.
Once away from the aliens we went past skeletons and snakes into the Lost Temple where Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is depicted and also where our new driver decided to try and steal the jewel. Fortunately for us our original cast member was waiting in disguise to save the day and rescue us!
We drove out of the Lost Temple and into the jungle. Surrounded by trees we were in a scene from Tarzan and His Mate (1934). Maureen O’Sullivan was sitting on an elephant and Johnny Weissmuller came swinging through the trees.
Next, on the right hand side was a scene from Casablanca (1942) with an aeroplane and Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.
Just after this we went past the screen with Mickey Mouse from Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia (1940).
The next door we went through took us into my favourite scene, The Wizard of Oz (1939). We were in Munchkinland with all the pretty houses and singing Munchkins. The Witch made an appearance and we were encouraged to sing along to follow the yellow brick road as we drove through the scene.
Last of all we drove into a very big room with a large screen and watched the final show, a mixture of all different films and genres through the ages.
As we drove out and gave our cast member a round of applause the announcement came over the tannoy “and that’s a wrap” and sadly it is.