Description And Comments

Entering through a re-creation of Hollywood's Chinese Theater, guests board vehicles for a fast-paced tour through soundstage sets from classic films including Casablanca, Tarzan, The Wizard of Oz, Alien, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Each set is populated with new-generation Disney audioanimatronic (robot) characters, as well as an occasional human, all augmented by sound and lighting effects. One of Disney's larger and more ambitious dark rides, The Great Movie Ride encompasses 95,000 square feet and showcases some of the most famous scenes in filmmaking. Life-sized audioanimatronic sculptures of stars, including Gene Kelly, John Wayne, James Cagney, and Julie Andrews, inhabit some of the largest sets ever constructed for a Disney ride.

A Tennessee family thinks the attraction needs some freshening up:

As someone who attended the grand opening of [DHS] in 1989, I think The Great Movie Ride seems stuck in the 1980s.

A teenage girl from Fanwood, New Jersey, agrees (with attitude):

A big suggestion for Disney: update The Great Movie Ride, for goodness' sake! Start by getting rid of scenes from movies no one remembers or knows--Footlight Parade? What?--and put in scenes from recent films that are sure to become tomorrow's classics: The Dark Knight, Slumdog Millionaire, Across the Universe... I could very easily go on.

Touring Tips

It's rare to see a wait of more than 30 minutes at Great Movie Ride except during peak season. Part of the reason is that it's an interval-loading, high-capacity attraction, and part of the reason is that the films shown are probably not relevant to anyone under age 40. For what it's worth, actual wait times usually run about one-third shorter than the time posted.

The Great Movie Ride Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for The Great Movie Ride when you visit on a day with a given Disney's Hollywood Studios Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see The Great Movie Ride Wait Times.

Attraction Photos

Special Comments

Elaborate, with several surprises.

Special Needs

Disney Dish with Jim Hill

A "Great" Time for a Redo

The Great Movie Ride is in need of updating, but what to update it with was the big question. The Imagineers thought they'd finally hit upon an idea: replace all the non-Disney content currently on display with scenes from all the great franchises Disney has acquired over the past decade--e.g., Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars, and Iron Man. The one hitch in this plan is that Universal has an exclusive on using the Marvel characters in a theme park setting in Florida. So The Great Movie Ride 2.0's proposed action-packed finale--right in the middle of The Avengers battle-for-New-York sequence--is being rethought.

Additional Resources

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