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.
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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 Keep this around another thrity years and people will not return to this outdated ride.....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.
The ride is a bit dated, but The park wouldn't be the same without it. A ride that can go one of two stories long before the multi storied Star Tours Adventure Continues, Either Wild West bandits or A 20s-30s Gangster will take over half way through depending on which train you get. The vehicles remdind me a bit of The Universe Of Energy, with their width and their "moving Theater" Finale.
The Scenes transition well, from the last even ominous sounds of Chim Chimminee Charoo to the backstreets of the depression, where youll find figures like Jimmy Cagney.
Unless you break down on the tarzan section (lord help you, lol my first ride evac walking alll the way trough all the scenes to the station kinda cool but I was a kid so i got scared of the alien) The ride flows pretty smoothly. Some of the movies there may not be recognizable by todays youth, but the ride keeps its classic golden age hollywood feel and is a trip through the ages of film from short broadway like films to period pieces, to westerns, leading up to the space epics/horrors of the 80s (alien), and the great Indina Jones. Although I would have liked them to be more in order of Time of release but I can see they wanted to group some films into common areas and others in their own places that would help the storyline.