Guests who visit Walt Disney World love to spend time in the four theme parks, and the favorite of many guests is Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This park invites guests to live out their entertainment dreams by bringing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and television to life. While enjoying time in the park, there are plenty of amazing attractions for guests to experience including one that brings the movies to life. The Great Movie Ride can be found at the end of Hollywood Boulevard just as guests enter into Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This journey into the movies is housed inside a beautiful replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater and features many classic and beloved Hollywood films like Singing in the Rain, Casablanca, Alien, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, the Wizard of Oz, and Fantasia. With so many amazing scenes and films to explore, guests are sure to love riding on the Great Movie Ride which is filled with some wonderful details and facts to discover. Here are the top ten mind blowing facts about the Great Movie Ride.
10. The Courtyard
Many guests tend to head straight for the entrance of the Great Movie Ride and often overlook an amazing part of the attraction! The courtyard outside of the attraction’s building is filled with many different tiles of pavement, each featuring the handprints and footprints of a celebrity. Guests who take the time to explore the courtyard can see how their hands measure up with some big celebrities as well as some classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse.
9. TCM Sponsorship
The Great Movie Ride is now sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and features a wonderful narration that is a combination of live action by a Cast Member and a recording of Robert Osborne. The TCM sponsorship and recording brings interesting facts and details about the films that guests are passing through, making it the perfect addition to the entertaining role that the Cast Members play.
8. Hidden Minnie
The loading area of the Great Movie Ride is a massive room that looks like a Hollywood set. Guests board massive attraction vehicles which are stationed alongside a wall featuring a mural of the Hollywood hills. Guests who look at the mural closely and spot a cluster of palm trees can find a tricky Hidden Minnie. Minnie’s profile can be found in silhouette and can most easily be spotted by looking for her bow!
7. Hidden Donald and Mickey
Many guests are huge fans of Indiana Jones and one scene of the Great Movie Ride features an iconic moment from the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. While Indiana Jones can be seen to the right of the attraction vehicle, guests should look to the left hand side to spot a massive wall built by stones covered in hieroglyphics. Guests who look closely at the stones can spot one that features Mickey dressed as a pharaoh and Donald as a servant!
6. Hidden C3P0 and R2D2
Another stone among the hieroglyphics features two hidden characters from the Star Wars universe. Among the Egyptian figures are the droids C3P0 and R2D2!
5. Mickey’s Feet
The Great Movie Ride brings serval genres of film to life including the underworld made famous by classic gangster movies. While moving through the underworld scene, guests should look for a massive poster advertising the movie Public Enemy. Guests who look closely at the bottom left hand side of the poster can spot Mickey’s feet and tail!
4. License Plate
The gangster scene features a thrilling confrontation between several groups of thieves. On the right hand side of the scene, a car pulls up filled with gangsters ready to fight for their take. While the license plate of the car may seem like a random string of numbers, it actually represents a date in history that perfectly ties into the gangster theme. The license plate reads 021-429, which pays homage to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre which took place on February 14, 1929 in Chicago.
3. Missing Crew
The Alien scene of the Great Movie Ride is one of the most eerie and thrilling of the entire experience as guests board the ship Nostromo where Sigourney Weaver can be seen fighting for her life. Guests who are sitting on the left hand side of the attraction vehicles can look near the floor of the scene to spot a crew list. Some of the crew have been reported missing or worse, but many guests may not realize that the names of the crew are those of Cast Members who helped to create the attraction.
2. Half A Plane
One of the most beloved films of all time is Casablanca which is brought to life in an iconic scene on the Great Movie Ride. The scene features Rick and Ilsa at the airport in one of the final touching moments from the film. While the plane featured in the scene may seem totally authentic, it is actually only the front of a plane! The back half can be found over in the Magic Kingdom on the Jungle Cruise.
1. The Almost Tornado
Fantasia is brought to life in a scene that creates the mayhem of swirling water and whirling winds created by Sorcerer Mickey. While the scene brings the classic Disney animated film to life, it almost did not exist. The scene was originally intended to create the tornado from the Wizard of Oz, but had to be cut after contractual agreements only allowed two scenes from the Wizard of Oz to be used. Thus, Fantasia was added to the Great Movie Ride!