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  • #155940

    MovieRider
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    Of course, I’m a bit biased towards the former but this is also based on the fact that I’ve not yet had the chance to ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. So, I’d like to know…

    Would you have rather seen The Great Movie Ride go through a full refurbishment with all new movies and scenes? or removed to house the current attraction?

    #155944

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    Interesting topic!

    I personally think Hollywood Studios would benefit from additional attractions so I think they could’ve done both honestly. BUT I understand they’re similar, and that today’s generation have little to no appreciation for the classics (or anything older than 5 minutes ago) so an updated GMR probably wouldn’t have gone over well. I would’ve loved to see it and I think it would help foster an appreciation for classic film.

    Having said that, MMRR impressed me! It far exceeded my expectations and I absolutely love it! So while I still miss TGMR, I am pleased with the replacement.

    #155947

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    My main dilemma is that replacing existing rides does not really contribute to the capacity of the park. All the parks are stacking up in abig way, and rather than adding a pavilion to EPCOT or rides to existing pavilions, they chose to replace other rides (Frozen ever after and Mission Breakout for example). To that end my answer is both refurb GMR and introduce RaR, they do have space at WDW, that was the hole point in the first place after all :)

    #155948

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    My main dilemma is that replacing existing rides does not really contribute to the capacity of the park. All the parks are stacking up in abig way, and rather than adding a pavilion to EPCOT or rides to existing pavilions, they chose to replace other rides (Frozen ever after and Mission Breakout for example). To that end my answer is both refurb GMR and introduce RaR, they do have space at WDW, that was the hole point in the first place after all :)

    Yes! Absolutely! 100%! This is the reason I was much more excited about Remy’s than Guardians, because Remy’s was a true addition rather than a replacement. Need so much more of this!

    #155965

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    My main dilemma is that replacing existing rides does not really contribute to the capacity of the park. All the parks are stacking up in abig way, and rather than adding a pavilion to EPCOT or rides to existing pavilions, they chose to replace other rides (Frozen ever after and Mission Breakout for example).

    Agreed. Updated rides are great but like you said, it doesn’t really add anything. I understand upgrades cost money, but changing a ride doesn’t justify me spending more money on a park ticket for something that was there before and cost me less. You don’t like GMR and think it’s outdated? Okay, move along to something else and I’ll keep riding it. I also don’t think they should aim for every ride to be a headliner either. That results in great rides sure, but long waits, so now you’re paying more money to ride less.

    #156016

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    while I really did enjoy MMRR, I will always miss GMR :( it was truly one of my faves, but as has been discussed, so many of those movies and actors are lost on the current generations. I love when they would sneak some new films in to the montage at the end, but that would not be enough to get repeat riders these days. for me, I rode GMR every trip at least once. Not sure I love MMRR as much to spend time in the line for it each trip if its too long.


    #156024

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    while I really did enjoy MMRR, I will always miss GMR :(

    I think that’s okay! There are some things I think are better for sure but I still miss what was there before. For example, Soarin. I fully support that replacing Food Rocks but I still miss Food Rocks sometimes. I also miss GMR and would ride multiple times per trip before it left us. I’m at the point in my life where I’m not going to stand in a crazy long line for anything no matter what it is :P

    #156027

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    Even if there is cake at the end of the line?! :P

    Well we can’t say we were not warned, as per Walt, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” :yensid: I imagine that applies to all the parks!

    Anyhow, I too miss the GMR, Turner Classic Movies is one om favorite channels. Have yet to do MMRR and looking forward to it this fall, but it will be with a wincing bit of nostalgia for the GMR.

    Actually, our working plan for our Fort Wilderness Halloween decorations is “Day of the Extinct Attractions”, ala “Day of the Dead.” Right now it is planned to salute Horizons, 20,000 Leagues, If You Had Wings & Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But is is still a work in progress. Would a Mr. Toad Piñata being pummeled by Winnie the Pooh be in poor taste? :surprised: :pooh: Someone say Pooh? Oh bother!

    Agreed they need to build more new attractions as opposed to revamping old ones and not increasing their capacity and they don’t need to be “headliners.” Heck, look at Slinky Dog Dash, not a “ground breaking” attraction, just well themed and the current stand by wait is 130 minutes, longer than Smuggler’s Run!. :surprised: it could really use an interactive queue. I will give them, Imagineering, credit, planning a park and the attractions to keep people spread out, happy, etc. is one heck of a job!

    #156030

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    Even if there is cake at the end of the line?! :P

    Well we can’t say we were not warned, as per Walt, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” :yensid: I imagine that applies to all the parks!

    Yup, even if there’s cake, I don’t like cake :P make it a million dollars and I’ll think about it ;) yes I’m not against change (unless it’s arbitrary and done poorly :figment: ) but allowing change doesn’t mean I don’t miss the yesteryears.

    I LOVE the sound of your Halloween décor theme! Please share pictures after!

    #156064

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    I agree. I think a refurbishment would have done well.. especially if they introduced up to date movies. Done away with “classics” and focused on movies within the Disney/Fox/Lucasfilm/Marvel catalog. With new films and new effects but keeping with the direct interaction like in the role of or similar to “Tour Guide” “Gangster” and “Bandit”.. I think they would have had a hit on their hands.
    Runaway Railway just doesn’t fit Hollywood Studios for me. That’s more a MK attraction. I would understand it more if RR had something to do with movies or entertainment.. but it doesn’t.. so adding it as an attraction was a loss for me.

    #156168

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    Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway is not just being in the movies your actually into their very own cartoon episode TV series with a little bit whimsical which could be like Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin without the locomotive. The map painting during the Gag factory at the end is really impressive, but? The Great Movie Ride will always and will be in my heart forever. I mean you really “Ride the movies & see the stars” yes update the scenes like Tombstone for the Western scene but keep John Wayne with his horse, keep The Wizard of Oz with adjustments and could’ve really had Sorcerer Mickey AA :sorcerer: with water effects. GMR forever!

    #156198

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    For those who don’t know.. the Fantasia scene was originally planned to be the tornado scene in Wizard of OZ.. then you enter into Munchkin Land. Once you have the encounter with the witch, you move into what was known as Finale. However, this was supposed to be the Wizard’s throne room where you would see the man behind the curtain. After which, the curtains on the left and right sides of the room would all open up. Once opened, you would see all the characters you’ve seen in the ride one last time where they would take a final bow.
    The reason this didn’t happen was because Ted Turner, who owned the rights to the Wizard of OZ at the time, only allowed Disney to use a certain amount of time for which anything from the movie was used. So, Disney scaled back to just Munchkin Land and the emerald city scene as you passed into the Finale room.

    As cool as Finale was in it’s own right, I think seeing that entire OZ scene would have been incredible.

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