The list author says: "Still DisneyÂs most grand and complex indoor ride, this fun tram tour is the original showcase attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios (what was Disney-MGM Studios). Filling 95,000 square feet, it has more than 60 Audio Animatronic characters and nearly 3,000 special effects.
Portraying 16 movie sets that have come to life, full-size dioramas create a dreamlike tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Your tram passes Gene Kelly ÂSinginÂ in the RainÂ (1952), travels alongside ÂThe Public EnemyÂ James Cagney (1931), gets stuck in the middle of gangster and Old West shootouts, goes under Sigourney WeaverÂs stalking ÂAlienÂ (1979) and then heads into ÂThe Wizard of OzÂ Munchkinland to confront the Wicked Witch of the West (1939).
Additional sets portray scenes from 1933Âs ÂFootlight Parade,Â 1934Âs ÂTarzan and His Mate,Â 1940Âs ÂFantasia,Â 1942Âs ÂCasablanca,Â 1964Âs ÂMary PoppinsÂ and 1981Âs ÂRaiders of the Lost Ark.Â Other Audio Animatronic celebrities include Julie Andrews, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, John Wayne and Johnny Weissmuller.
The best is the witch, a piece of magic that reincarnates Margaret Hamilton. With a life-like face, she quickly flexes her backbone, swivels her hips and points her finger as she confronts your guide. ÂIÂll get you my prettyÂ Â
Your trip takes in nearly every movie genre. Comedy comes from two live characters. The guide is a self-absorbed projectionist who, inspired by Buster KeatonÂs character in 1923Âs ÂSherlock Jr.,Â magically takes you into some of his (or her) favorite films. Meant to be channeling actor Jeff Daniels in 1985Âs ÂThe Purple Rose of Cairo,Â a second performer steps out of the set and takes over your tram.
HereÂs a list of the rideÂs sets and the scenes they depict:"
"When talking pictures threaten to put Broadway producer James Cagney out of business, he decides to stage live musical ÂprologuesÂ at movie theaters throughout New York. ThatÂs the plot of 1933Âs bawdy, gaudy ÂFootlight Parade.Â One prologue is ÂBy a Waterfall,Â a Busby Berkeley aquacade that concludes in a huge twirling fountain of bathing beauties. ItÂs the first scene in The Great Movie Ride."
"Silent-film star Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has such a glorious feeling -- not only has his career been saved, but heÂs fallen in love with a beautiful ingenue -- he doesnÂt mind getting wet as he swings from a lamppost, which your Great Movie Ride passes."
"When two Victorian London children are scolded by their father in this 1964 musical, chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke) takes them and their nanny (Julie Andrews) up on the rooftops to see the sights and sing ÂChim Chim Cher-ee.Â You travel underneath them just as silhouettes show the other sweeps arriving, ready to break out into ÂStep in Time,Â a huge dance number."
"The rideÂs Gangster Alley re-creates an early Prohibition scene from this 1931 film, when Tom Powers (James Cagney) threatens a speakeasy owner with violence if he doesnÂt become a customer: ÂWhen Dutch comes around heÂs gonna leave you some beer. And youÂre gonna take it. And youÂre gonna kick in with the dough. If you donÂt, somebodyÂs gonna drop by here and kick your teeth out one at a time.Â"
"John Wayne appeared in nearly 250 movies, but once said his favorite was this 1953 film, in which he played a half-breed who befriends a married white woman. Just after they meet, Hondo kisses her and has no regrets, because he knows she wanted it. ÂA long time ago I made me a rule,Â he says, Âlet people do what they want.Â WayneÂs Disney robot repeats that line, and wears a costume from the film."
"Clint Eastwood starred as the quiet, stone-hearted antihero (the Man with No Name) in the trilogy ÂFistful of DollarsÂ (1964), ÂFor a Few Dollars MoreÂ (1966) and ÂThe Good, The Bad and The UglyÂ (1967). Produced in Italy by director Sergio Leone, the darkly comic films were known as Spaghetti Westerns. Your tram passes an Audio Animatronic Clint as this character, standing silently on your right."
"Next up you travel into this 1979 filmÂs space freighter Nostromo. As you enter, an ominous voice tells you, ÂSomething has gone wrong.Â Sure enough, hiding in ventilation chambers is that bloodthirsty beast! Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) has rigged the craft to self-destruct, but the monster doesnÂt want anyone to leave."
"In 1981Âs ÂRaiders of the Lost Ark,Â the U.S. government enlists archaeology professor Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) to help keep the golden Ark of the Covenant out of the hands of HitlerÂs Nazis. When Indy asks his old friend Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) to help him find it, they do (and so do you) in the Well of Souls, an ancient Egyptian tomb outside of Cairo."
"Next, you come between Tarzan and Jane. HeÂs on your right, swinging on a vine. SheÂs on your left, riding an elephant, just behind Cheeta. Inspired by 1934Âs ÂTarzan and His Mate,Â this set includes, if you look closely, that filmÂs revealing loincloths. In the movie, the couple uses an army of elephants to scare off attacking natives and lions, and has, for the first time, a pet chimp."
"Round a corner and youÂre in this 1942 film, watching as expatriate American Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) says good-bye to old flame Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) at the airport. Though the couple is still in love, sheÂs married to a Resistance hero and Rick has only two Letters of Transit to escape the Nazi-controlled city."
"In the rideÂs dullest moment, your tram passes a video screen which shows the most famous segment of this 1940 classic. When a magicianÂs student (Mickey Mouse) has to wash a floor in the cartoon ÂThe SorcererÂs Apprentice.Â he gets out of it by putting on his mentorÂs hat and conjuring up powers of his own. Soon he learns you shouldnÂt start something you canÂt finish."
"Finally, youÂre off to Munchkinland -- that colorful world of friendly Munchkins, yellow brick roads and wicked witches. In fact, your tram becomes surrounded by Munchkins, who serenade you with ÂDing! Dong! The Witch is DeadÂ until a visit by an Audio Animatronic Wicked Witch of the West drives them away."