Terrific Tuesdays: The Great Movie Ride

Since Mickey’s Sorcerer’s hat came down several years ago, the original icon of Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now be seen, a full-scale reproduction of Graumann’s Chinese Theater, which houses The Great Movie Ride. Even though I liked Mickey’s sorcerer’s hat, I always wondered why they would want to block such an interesting icon!

Out front of The Great Movie Ride you will the handprints, footprints and signatures of some of Disney’s greatest stars embedded into concrete. I dare you to walk by them and not put your hands or feet in them to see if you match up with the greats!

Once inside be prepared to step back in time to the Art Deco period and all the great movies of yesteryear. There are times when this line doesn’t move slow enough to see all the old stars and movies. Bet you don’t hear that very often! I find the queue almost as enjoyable as the ride itself, not to mention it is air conditioned!

This ride is slow moving, but some dark areas may frighten young children such as Alien Encounter area and the infamous bank robbery scene. Don’t be surprised if your car is suddenly taken over for a getaway after a fierce gun fight ensues on either side of you! My 5 year old grand-daughter found this very frightening, but holding my hands over her ears and telling her to look down got us thru the battle. Depending on your ride, you could be taken over by a gangster from the roaring 20’s or a gun slinger from the wild west.

There are other areas that will definitely put you into the movies! As for the ending, while some find it dated, I personally enjoy seeing the stars of yesteryear and some more recent in a tribute to the movies. Remember It’s Only a Movie!

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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