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.
The update of the narration was good and badly needed. However, please Disney update the movies! Alien was scary back in its day but my teen aged kids have no clue what it's about. Wizard of Oz will always work, but John Wayne and even Clint Eastwood mean nothing to millenials. The Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney scenes mean nothing to 95% of the riders. Next time in the park, I will not go on this ride without a major overhaul.
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.....