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The Great Movie Ride

The Great Movie Ride

An Attraction in Hollywood Studios

Last updated: April 9, 2019

This attraction's final day of operation was August 13, 2017.
The information below is provided for historical reference.
At a Glance
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 Disney Audio-Animatronic characters, as well as the 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-size animatronic 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.

In early 2015, as part of an agreement with Turner Classic Movies, the Great Movie Ride’s preshow film trailer and ride-film finale were updated with commentary from TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne. In addition, the finale was entirely reedited with a mix of classic clips, new scenes from previously featured films, and a handful of more-recent movies. (Refreshingly, this is the first Disney movie montage we’ve seen in a while that gives Tangled more screen time than Frozen.)

The updated preshow and finale are first-rate—it’s the attraction’s meat that merits a “meh.” Don’t strain yourself searching for signs of improved animatronics or new effects in old sets, much less any all-new scenes.

Lightning Lane - Individual
Not Yet Available on 4/21/24
Our Overall Rating
Preschool
Grade School
Teens
Young Adults
Over 30
Seniors
Duration
19 min
Rider Switch?
No
Minimum Height
None
Queues
Accessibility
  • Frightening
  • Handheld Captioning
  • Assistive Listening
  • Audio Description
  • Must Transfer to Standard Wheelchair

Attraction Overview

Touring Tips

When To Go
Before 11 a.m., during dinner, or after 8 p.m.
Loading Speed
Fast
Early Theme Park Entry?
No
Wait per 100 People Ahead
2 min
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours?
Yes
It’s rare to see waits of more than 30 minutes at The Great Movie Ride except during peak season. For one thing, it’s an interval-loading, high-capacity attraction; for another, many of the clips don’t ring a bell with anyone under age 40. Actual wait times usually run about one-third shorter than the times posted. Great Movie Ride is a good option for day-Fastpasses.

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Wait Times

Here's roughly how many minutes you'll wait for The Great Movie Ride at each Hollywood Studios Crowd Level.

1
5 to 15
2
6 to 20
3
8 to 23
4
10 to 26
5
13 to 30
6
16 to 34
7
18 to 39
8
20 to 40
9
23 to 46
10
23 to 58
Hourly View
Friday,
May 16, 2014
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Wait Times for
The Great Movie Ride
 
Friday,
May 16, 2014

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5 min Posted Standby at 8:38am
5 min Posted Standby at 9:45am
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5 min Posted Standby at 9:51am
20 min Posted Standby at 10:45am

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