By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures July 31, 2017
We have been hearing rumors since 2016 that The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was going to be replaced. It was at the D23 Expo this year that the surprise announcement was made- the last day for the iconic attraction will be August 13th, 2017.
Everyone was surprised, as this means that there will be only four attractions operating until the new Toy Story Land opens next year at DHS. Shocked as we were, it was interesting to see what will replace the classic ride.
This will be the first time Disney has ever featured Mickey Mouse as the star in his own attraction. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be inspired heavily from the same shorts that are shown on the Disney Channel. It will have Mickey, Minnie, and a starring line up of their other famous pals.
The attraction will have a simple setup, as it will allow guests to step through a movie screen and join the cast of Disney favorites as an adventure progresses, making you the star of your own Mickey Mouse short. They say anything could happen and that it will be a zany, out of control adventure with twists, turns, and more surprises.
One of the things we find most interesting about the new attraction is the promise that it will have amazing and dazzling visual effects- without 3 D glasses. The new enhanced screen technology is being referred to as 2 1/2 D. Kevin Rafferty, Imagineer, presented information to us within the D23 panel and stated that teams are inventing new technologies that turn the regular flat world of colorful cartoons into a dimensional display of “amazingness”. We were then presented with a clip of a forest being transformed instantly to a cityscape, which you can see HERE.
The new attraction will feature an all original story and an original song. The pre-show will feature Mickey and Minnie getting prepared for a picnic while Goofy attempts to be an engineer. Riders will then board their vehicle, and be pulled through the movie screen into the adventure. Be prepared to seek hidden Mickey’s during this experience, as the attraction will have the largest amount of them placed in any attraction, ever.
There is a lot of controversy about this project, as The Great Movie Ride has been one of the favorite attractions at DHS for a long time- since opening day. Some Disney fans commented to us that they were very sad that Disney will not be updating the ride instead of changing it, and that it could be done with a larger variety of classic and modern film memorabilia. The Great Movie Ride is the last original attraction remaining from that historic opening day of DHS. When it closes in just a few days, it will be the end of an era.
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