TCM to sign agreement with Disney to include updates to The Great Movie Ride

Nov 26, 2014 in "The Great Movie Ride"

Posted: Wednesday November 26, 2014 7:06am EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

The New York Times is reporting that Disney will today sign an agreement with the Turner Classic Movies channel to include new content in The Great Movie Ride attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The sponsorship deal will include 'Presented By TCM' credits throughout the attraction, and TCM will produce a new pre-show and updates to the ride's movie based finale scene. The face of TCM, Robert Osborne will also be featured in one of the new pre-show elements.

The changes may appear as soon as Spring 2015, which is also the expected timeframe for the removal of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat which currently blocks the view of the Chinese Theater from Hollywood Blvd.

The Great Movie Ride is an original opening day attracton from 1989 that has had very few updates in its lifetime. A few changes to the finale movie clips, and occasional updates to the props in the queue area are all that has changed in 25 years. The agreement with TCM appears to only cover the pre-show and finale, so don't expect to see new scenes along the ride's show scenes.

Also part of the deal will be an agreement for a 'Treasures From the Disney Vault' programming block to appear on TCM, featuring such shows as 'Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color,' and vintage movies and cartoons.

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ShoalFoxDec 17, 2015

Turner Classic Movies. Channel number depends on your TV provider.

brb1006Dec 17, 2015

What channel?

Prince-1Dec 17, 2015

Ahhhhh, makes sense. I didnt want to be the one to break the news to you that Saturday may be just a little crowded. Just a little......

gmajewDec 17, 2015

LOL no but I won't be exhausted from a long week. Different mind set for me.

Prince-1Dec 17, 2015

Because Saturday night is going to be slow....????

Magenta PantherDec 17, 2015

Or a few months to rent it. :cool:

gmajewDec 17, 2015

Or people like me that is going Saturday night because I am to tired to fight crowds on a friday.

dreamfinderDec 17, 2015

Perhaps because there are people who don't really care that Star Wars is coming out? Or that might care, but have no problems waiting a few weeks to see it.

FigmentJediDec 17, 2015

I'm still wondering who the heck decided to schedule on Star Wars Night.

Animaniac93-98Dec 17, 2015

TCM will air another Disney themed programming block tomorrow (Thur Dec 17) night:

T.R. HolidayNov 06, 2015

I though it was pretty good. The Roger Osbourne thing was a nice touch and the cast member did an excellent job.

wdisney9000Nov 06, 2015

Agreed, but even the lackluster CM's at least do a "ta-da" moment as they emerge form the smoke. This guy literally threw the cloak down and ran down the steps while the smoke was still clearing. For shame! lol

marni1971Nov 05, 2015

In all fairness that is as per the SOP. The rest however...

Chris82Nov 05, 2015

I was really hoping the TCM sponsorship would put an end to the following conversation I keep having: Me: "Hey, let's do the Great Movie Ride!" Friends and family: "Does it still do that thing where the cowboy comes out with the gun and it's all painful and cheesy?" Me: "... Yes." Friends and family: "Then absolutely never." Me: "Sigh..."