“That’s A Wrap” Great Movie Ride

Written By:  Melanie Hina

As many of you already know August 13, 2017 was the last day for the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.   As we rode through the movies one final time it was with much nostalgia and misty eyes.  We thought back over our first ride and the many years of enjoying all that this iconic ride has represented.

The Great Movie Ride’s debut was on Disney MGM Studios’ opening day, May 1, 1989. It was inside a replica of Hollywood, California’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; a historic movie palace on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  We have ridden through motion picture history for 28 years on this beloved 22 minute attraction.  It was originally supposed to be the main attraction in a show-biz themed pavilion in Disney’s EPCOT.  But, thankfully, Disney saw its potential and created an entire theme park around it.

With that said, there are few things certain in life.  However, one that is certain is change.  With change comes a mixture of sadness for what was and excitement for what will be.  So, what will become of this prime piece of Disney real estate?  It will become

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.  A first for Disney Imagineers’, Mickey and Minnie’s first ride is themed solely around them and is a 2 ½ D attraction.  This ride is promised not to disappoint. So even though the Great Movie Ride will always be near and dear to our hearts, let’s trust in the huge success that is Disney and be excited for the changes to come.  Farewell Great Movie Ride.   You served us well.


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Melanie has been an agent with Mickey World Travel since 2013. She lives minutes outside of Magic Kingdom and she enjoys the Disney Parks weekly. She would love to help you plan your next vacation.  

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Disney Makes Major Announcements at D23

This weekend Disney announced changes coming to Walt Disney World in the future.   So let’s get started.

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars Land is to be named – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. It will open first in Disneyland.


  • The Great Movie Ride will be closing August 13.  They are replacing it with a new attraction call Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway with new technology that is not 3D but what Disney is calling 2 1/2D that will give you the feel of 3D with no glasses.  The outside of the building is said to be staying the same.

  • Toy Story Land will open summer 2018!


  • A new attraction based on Ratatouille similar to the one in Disneyland Paris will go into a new area in France near the Eiffel Tower.
  • A new seamless circle-vision film is to be introduced in China.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy ride IS coming to the Future World area of Epcot. Plans are to have it open by the 50th anniversary (2021).
  • There will be a new table service restaurant near Mission Space that will be themed where you are dining in space.

  • The Mission Space refurbishment currently going on will reopen next month with a new Green Mission.

Magic Kingdom:

  • The Tron ride currently in Shanghi Disney will be added to the Magic Kingdom, but unlike previous rumors, it will NOT be replacing the Tomorrowland Speedway. It will be in a new space next to Space Mountain. Again to be open by the 50th in 2021.

  • The Star Wars resort IS coming to Walt Disney World! A luxury, totally immersive, multi day experience, nothing like anything before.  No date for it’s opening has been announced yet.
  • There will be a new point to point transport vehicle in Walt Disney World – “Minnie Vans” – red and white polka dot Chevy Traverse vehicles.
  • Additionally, a new transportation system named “the Skyliner” will be a gondola based system between Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Art of Animation, & Pop Century.

Disney Cruise Line:

  • A new Beauty and the Beast Show (based on the live action film) is coming to Disney Cruise Line.
  • There will be another ship added to the fleet by 2023 (in addition to the 2 already being built).


  • Pixar Fest is coming to DL in 2018 – Fireworks, characters

  • Paint the Night – the nighttime parade at DL will return.
  • Next summer, Paradise Pier will become “Pixar Pier”!
  • Cars Land is getting a Halloween overlay this fall.

Disneyland is going to expand its Superhero presence. Besides Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man & the Avengers, there will be an immersive experience… stay tuned for more details on this.

As you can see so many changes coming to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Stay tuned as with Disney, you never know if they may have more announcements coming today.

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