That was an easy one for me as I'm a bit of a movie
It had to be the one attraction that was inspired by generations of movies -(GMR) The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS)
The GMR was my first attraction when we visited MGM for the first time in 1990. It's usually my first ride of the day even now..unless I score a TSM ride before our FP time comes along. To me the GMR is the quintessential Disney movie attraction combining great theming and entertainment. It appeals to all ages and the air conditioning can't be beat.
Pictured here is an attraction guide from 1991 that features "The Chinese Theater", home of the GMR on the cover in silhouette.
In those early days DHS was called Disney-MGM. Disney had set up a licensing agreement with MGM. Coca Cola was the attraction sponsor and there was no hat blocking the view down Hollywood Boulevard.
The Chinese Theater is an imposing full scale replica of Hollywood's Graumans Chinese Theater in Hollywood right down to the sidewalk hand prints. All setting the stage perfectly for the GMR attraction.
On to the attraction:Ushers dressed in vintage looking outfits greet you upon entering and usher you into the darkened theater pre-show which is entertainment enough and causes backups of guests watching the neverending show on the screen.
Once you've moved through the velvet roped queue you are greeted by a CM at a podium similar to that of a movie theater. At this point I usually request my favorite car. I like the right side in about the 3rd or 4th row. I'll explain later;)
The stage is set and off you go. If you're taking pics the Singin' in The Rain scene is one of the first. I usually chimp and adjust my settings at this point.
Singin' in the Rain (MGM) starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Conner. As a little girl I loved to sing and dance along with the movie.
This is one of the reasons I enjoy sitting on the right.
As the car glides along scenes change on the right and left. There are two different live scenarios played out in front of you. Your track will either take the one with cowboys and fire or the other with gangsters and guns.
|The gangsters scene|
I usually get the gangster scene. I think the western one is used during peak touring times.
|The western scene|
|Raiders of The Lost Ark|
The Wizard of Oz!!!
Munchkin land..I love the scene with the witch. I have it on my phone:) DH sent it to me when he saw it with DS on a one day trip they had to the studios. They were on their way to a race in St Petersburg and stopped in at DHS for the day. St Petersburg is not close to Orlando by any means but they stopped in and had a magical "man" day in the park.
Follow follow follow the yellow brick road.
Before you know it you've traveled through decades of famous Hollywood movies and you reach the last huge shot. I love all the clips in the photo montage. My favorites are North by Northwest and Marlon Brando screaming "Stella" which also happens to be my mothers name:) Kind of weird.
The curtains close ,you rise from your seats to exit stage right.