A Theatrical Journey Ð Walt Disney World Resort guests can take a ride through the most famous film sets in silver screen history at The Great Movie Ride at DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios. Housed in a full-scale reproduction of HollywoodÕs world-famous Chinese Theater, the ride-through attraction travels through a soundstage tour of such memorable movie scenes as the ÒCasablancaÓ airport farewell, the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City from ÒWizard of Oz,Ó the ÒRaiders of the Lost ArkÓ Well of Souls and many more. DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Scott Miller, photographer)

D23 Expo 2017 Rumors – The Great Movie Ride to Close by 2018 for Mickey Ride

We told you about this one a while ago, but it now sounds like it may be happening and announced at the 2017 D23 Expo on Saturday July 15th…

From our August 2016 story:

While details are scarce at this point, rumors indicate the ride would be trackless and is also being developed to go somewhere at the Disneyland Resort simultaneously.

The latest trend in the parks seems to be Disney removing any connections to franchises that Disney does not own (Twilight Zone for example), and the Great Movie Ride is packed with a lot of films that Disney has absolutely no ownership over. The line of thinking here would be to feature the first ride ever devoted to Mickey Mouse (clearly the property of the Walt Disney Company), something that has been attempted many times over the last 60 years but never built in any Disney theme park.

Sources are claiming that the Great Movie Ride would close in 2018 so that “The Great Mickey Ride” could open by the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in 2021.

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Jeannette Sanchez
Jeannette Sanchez
2 years ago

Awesome news! Now Mickey has a new ride and I hope it will be official in D23 this Saturday!

David Blackwell
David Blackwell
2 years ago

I have been a fan of The Studios for over 20 years. Lots of changes goin on, I am losing my interest and it’s appeal to me. Weather that own it or not it has and is a lot of fun. Try updating it to show some the newer films including the ones they own. If you want a Mickey Ride put in The Magic Kingdom.

Hilly
Hilly
2 years ago

Disappointing to hear this. The Great Movie Ride is one of the last true attractions from the old MGM Studios. I still think that the ride has a lot of relevance… But, Hollywood Studios is definitely a place now that Disney is displaying a lot of their OWN properties, so I get the change. I love a lot of the newer rides and attractions, but there is a big part of me that likes the old MGM Studios, as originally constructed, a lot more.

Ryan Serowinski
Ryan Serowinski
2 years ago

There is NO way this ride would replace such a classic, they would place it in another location. #LetSaveOurGreatMovieRide

My campaign: https://www.facebook.com/LetsSaveOurGreatMovieRide/ and https://www.change.org/p/walt-disney-for-disney-to-update-the-great-movie-ride-instead-of-closing-it

Frank
Frank
2 years ago

Oh lord, here we go with another pointless petition that no one at WDW will read because some folks can’t handle change. Great use of time and effort.

Horatio Sanborne
Horatio Sanborne
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Pointless??? That page has 15 likes! That’ll show the multi billion dollar Walt Disney Company. They can’t handle the loss of business from a group like that!

Jax
Jax
2 years ago

I like many others hope this is a false rumor

JJ
JJ
2 years ago

Hope this rumor is true, would love to see the Mickey ride.

danlb_2000
danlb_2000
2 years ago

A construction permit was filed yesterday for the address of GMR that is very likely for this project. If this is for this project then I would expect the ride to close pretty soon.

RebeccaMcK
RebeccaMcK
2 years ago

If this is true, then maybe I’ll try to ride it one more time in October if I can get the cowboy host version (been on the mobster version too many times now). I’d like the new ride, especially since the little kids will most likely lose the Indy Speedway at MK and would need a replacement activity (albeit at a different park).

Jamie
Jamie
2 years ago
Reply to  RebeccaMcK

You have to ask them and they will put you where u want. Ive always asked and gotten where i want to go.

DW
DW
2 years ago

I love this idea with the direction that Hollywood Studios is heading. The park is going to be comprised of immersive lands themed to Disney properties with a Mickey Mouse ride in the heart of it all. It all started with a mouse and this makes sense. This would be the announcement that I would be most excited about. I can also see Robo Chapek finally addressing the name change of the park during the presentation if this is going to be announced.

Horatio Sanborne
Horatio Sanborne
2 years ago

This ride HAS GOT TO GO! It’s so 1989 and lost any relevance in today’s theme park market. The tech is outdated and the ride lacks any real finale, just a movie. What everybody seems to have mixed up is this is not the GREAT movie ride, it’s the GREAT MOVIE…ride. As a friend way back in the mid 90s even said “Well, that gives new meaning to the word mediocre.” Trust me folks, it’s not improved since then.

Gail Wisner
Gail Wisner
2 years ago

That’s your opinion. There are many who still love this ride. One of the only reason I go to Studios. We seem to think that history is mediocre….. History is where we came from. We need to remember history to make the future worth while.

Redo Epcot
Redo Epcot
2 years ago

I heard this ride will close after New Years to handle crowds and the current sponsorship ends in November. They can do this to Studios because Toy Story land is ahead of schedule and should hopefully be open around the busy spring break period for WDW

Mickeys Brother
Mickeys Brother
2 years ago

Oh I sooo hope this comes true! A Mickey Mouse based ride is long over due at WDW.

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Matt
Matt
2 years ago

Instead of changing it completely it should be the same format but change it to the Great Disney movie ride and have it go through the history of Disney in the movies. Start with snow white and work through movies until modern day.

LM
LM
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Agree Matt, hopefully that’s what will happen. They could still call it Mickey’s Ride, and remember it was all started by a mouse.

Redo Epcot
Redo Epcot
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Matt the problem with that is they would have to constantly update it considering nowadays they have at least 5 animated movies released per year I see this new ride not as a ride through a history museum but as a ride with its own plot starring the mouse that started it all

ChorleyRobbie
ChorleyRobbie
2 years ago
Reply to  Redo Epcot

They don’t release ‘at least 5 animated movies per year’ – in fact, Disney’s aim is to release fewer than 10 films a year in total including Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Animation and Pixar. I’m sure the ride can cope with that.

Meg
Meg
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt

I like that idea a lot! I would be more upset to see Tower of Terror changed than this ride.

Indy Jones
Indy Jones
2 years ago

Eh, Disney does not own Avatar, so if your theory is correct they have a bit of a problem on their hands…

Patricia
Patricia
2 years ago

I hope this really happens. What a fun ride that would be for my family. A trip through all of Mickey’s old cartoons that most kids don’t remember. Then maybe new life could be brought into them. There were some fun ones I remember, like the one with the seal that got into the kitchen sink. That one gave me the giggles as a kid.

Thumbs up
Thumbs up
2 years ago

Absolutely the right call! The great movie ride is a favorite of mine but with the changes at Studios there is really zero point to keeping it.

I love my old boss so a ride dedicated to him is A-ok by me :)

Rob
2 years ago

Sorry to see the Great American Movie Ride going away.

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