Goodbye Great Movie Ride, #ThanksMickey

As the Editor-in-Chief of Boardwalk Times I’m depressed that the one attraction that honored Hollywood and its history is going away.

Well the end is near. The Great Movie Ride opened in 1989. It was an original opening day attraction. Now it’s being replaced by Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse finally gets his own attraction. The last day of operation will be August 13. Here are the images from the announcement.

Photo by WDWNT

The ride will use 2.5D with no glasses needed. Imagineer Kevin Rafferty took the stage to describe the ride. Saying you would get the opportunity to travel through a Mickey Mouse cartoon short. All new animated shorts will be created for the attraction. The ride will be called Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

Photo by WDWNT

#ThanksMickey out of all the rides you could’ve taken over. Yet you picked to take over The Great Movie Ride. Yeah, I understand the ride needed to be updated. The ride was sponsored by Turner Classic Movies in 2015. They added new life into the attraction. Although the ride needed some more updates.

I’m just sad I won’t get to experience it for a final time. That I won’t get to travel through movie history. I enjoyed going through Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, and Wizard of Oz.

I enjoyed all the sequences. The replacement is based off of the new Mickey Mouse shorts. I’m still not thrilled that it’s replacing The Great Movie Ride. I’m going to just put my full trust into Walt Disney Imagineering. I believe that we will get a good attraction.

I may give deeper thoughts about The Great Movie Ride on a later date. I’m still trying to process the news.

Zach Perilstein is the Editor-in-Chief at Boardwalk Times.