The Chinese Theatre restoration is progressing well at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The Chinese Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios is being restored to its former glory.
See all the changes made to The Great Movie Ride as part of the new Turner Classic Movie sponsorship deal.
See the latest refurbishment work taking place at The Great Movie Ride.
This ride will always be a favorite of mine but the upgrade this year took away a few things that are missed. I know it needed an overhaul to include newer movies, and that is great.
My biggest disappointment was the grand finale. First, the cars stop closer to the big screen and (no matter where you are sitting) that takes away from your ability to see everything. The music and movie clips including actors delivering their most famous lines isn't nearly as good or entertaining. And I don't know why the final scene of "flying over hollywood" when the cars are exiting was done away with. Now the ride ends with a plug to watch TMC. Love the ride, love Disney, but in my opinion this change was a mistake.
I know I did a review of the great movie ride before. That was before the updates they had this year. And I have to say, what a great improvement! I'm glad that the Tour Guide still gets to say something instead of having him or her mute. I was on a mini trip couple weeks ago and the tour guide I had was funny. And the acting between the tour guide in the gangster was excellent. So like I said, great improvements for a great ride!
First, let me say that the first time I went on this ride (when MGM first opened), I thought that this ride was fabulous. But that was a looong time ago. Presently, it is a good ride to take a nice cool nap in. Can you say, "Bad Acting....." ? Well if you review the performancesof the guides and actors who do the Western/Gangster kidnapping scene and are asked what is wrong, you will have to say "Bad Acting" and "Pathetic Script" and if you are on the ride itself, you will snore in response.So many people paying so much money and they can't update this ride? Come on, Disney! Do you realize that people under thirty will not feel nostalgic because they have never heard of Cagney, Bogart and most of the movies. I teach in a high school and my students know none of the movies and actors featured. One in one hundred students might.... Keep this around another thrity years and people will not return to this outdated ride.....
This was my family's first visit to WDW as a group. We absolutely loved the ride, even though some of the old gangster movies weren't really known by any of us. Our guide had a great personality, and even though we were in the back we could always hear her. The only reason I gave this a 9 instead of a ten is that little kids probably won't know many of the movies, but it is still enjoyable.