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The Great Movie Ride – Whatever Happened To Its Props And Costumes?

The Great Movie Ride scene
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Remember this little attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called The Great Movie Ride? It once held the entire theme of the park together by combining live action, movie sets, audio-animatronics, special effects, and entertainment into one single experience that transported guests through 12 classic films. The beloved attraction sat in the Disney Park’s replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, one of Hollywood’s most famous movie palaces.

Great Movie ride exterior

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Sadly, the unique Disney attraction closed on August 13, 2017, and was replaced by Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Many Disney fans have fantastic memories of the ride. However, fortunately, we can still experience it today by watching old videos on YouTube or classic home movies of Walt Disney World Resort trips from the 1990s.

The-Great-Movie-Ride

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This month makes it six years since The Great Movie Ride shut its doors for the last time. However, for fans of the classic ride, elements of it can still be found today. But where exactly?

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Auction Galleries

Catalog page from Auction catalog

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Van Eaton Galleries frequently runs auctions featuring Disneyland and Walt Disney World props, costumes, and memorabilia. Last month, as part of the Joel Magee Disneyland Collection, Disney fans could bid on props and costumes from The Great Movie Ride. Items for auction included the Ruby Slippers that were once on display in the ride’s queue, a dancer figure from the first scene of the ride (Footlight Parade), an Egyptian chest, and costumes worn by cast members when operating the dark ride.

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The Jungle Cruise

One classic scene featured in The Great Movie Ride was the end of Casablanca (1942). It contained audio-animatronic figures of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as they say their final goodbye in front of a plane. The back of the aircraft from that scene on the ride has since been cut off and can be found along the shoreline of the Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom Park.

Casablanca

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Located in the ride was a temple room with a large altar with a statue of the ancient Egyptian god Anubis. Near the top of Atlar rested a giant jewel that your vehicle’s tour guide (a 1940s gangster who hijacked the tram earlier) attempts to steal.

Dok Ondars

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The foot of the Anubis statute in that scene is hidden among other relics outside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities in Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. According to a cast member, the other foot of Anubis is currently at Disneyland Park in Anaheim.

Den of Destiny

Harrison Ford scene, Great Movie Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

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Closing earlier this month was the Den of Destiny at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The pop-up bar (themed to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny) also borrowed props from The Great Movie Ride, including the head of the Anubis statue.

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Walt Disney Archives

The Walt Disney Archives team has also rehoused many props and artifacts from the classic ride. These include items such as Julie Andrews’ carousel horse from Mary Poppins (1964) and wardrobe pieces from Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

lobby display case, Great Movie Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

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As sad as it is to think about losing the once great attraction, it’s also bittersweet to know that its many elements are still alive. In fact, we may even see more pop up through the years at parks, in auctions, and elsewhere.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)